US Pat. No. 10,245,035

STAPLING ASSEMBLY CONFIGURED TO PRODUCE DIFFERENT FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A stapling assembly for use with a surgical stapling instrument for stapling and cutting tissue, said stapling assembly comprising:an anvil jaw;
a firing member, comprising:
a tissue cutting portion;
a first camming member; and
a second camming member; and
a replaceable cartridge jaw, comprising:
a proximal end;
a distal end;
a tissue-supporting deck, including:
a first longitudinal step; and
a second longitudinal step, wherein said first longitudinal step is positioned above said second longitudinal step;
a longitudinal slot extending from said proximal end toward said distal end, wherein said longitudinal slot is configured to receive said firing member;
a first longitudinal row of staple cavities defined in said first longitudinal step;
a second longitudinal row of staple cavities defined in said second longitudinal step;
a plurality of first staples positioned in said first longitudinal row of staple cavities;
a plurality of second staples positioned in said second longitudinal row of staple cavities;
a plurality of drivers configured to drive said first staples and said second staples against said anvil jaw; and
a sled movable from said proximal end toward said distal end, wherein said sled is configured to lift said drivers toward said anvil jaw to deform said first staples to a first formed height and said second staples to a second formed height, wherein said first formed height is different than said second formed height, and wherein said first camming member and said second camming member are configured to control the relative position of said replaceable cartridge jaw and said anvil jaw.

US Pat. No. 10,245,034

INDUCING TISSUE ADHESIONS USING SURGICAL ADJUNCTS AND MEDICANTS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler, comprising:a cartridge body having a plurality of staple cavities, each staple cavity having a surgical staple disposed therein;
a biocompatible adjunct material releasably retained on the cartridge body and configured to be delivered to lung tissue by deployment of the staples in the cartridge body to form at least one line of deployed staples, the adjunct material having a conformable layer, a reinforcing layer, and a barrier layer disposed between the conformable layer and the reinforcing layer, the conformable layer being configured to conform to an irregular surface of lung tissue such that the conformable layer is configured to conform to expansion and extension of lung tissue; and
an effective amount of at least one medicant, the at least one medicant being disposed within and releasable from the conformable layer, the at least one medicant being effective to induce tissue adhesions adjacent the at least one line of deployed staples, the barrier layer preventing release of the medicant from the conformable layer into the reinforcing layer,
wherein the adjunct material includes a carrier configured to undergo a phase change from a solid state to a liquid state, the at least one medicant being configured to be released from the adjunct material with the carrier in the liquid state but not in the solid state, the at least one medicant being encapsulated in microcapsules dispersed in the carrier, the microcapsules being configured to adhere to soft tissue by having a coating thereon of an adhesive tissue adherent agent.

US Pat. No. 10,245,033

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT COMPRISING A LOCKABLE BATTERY HOUSING

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument assembly, comprising:a handle, comprising:
a battery cavity; and
electrical contacts;
a battery removably positionable in said battery cavity, wherein said battery is configured to engage said electrical contacts when said battery is in an operably seated position in said battery cavity;
diagnostic means for assessing whether said handle is suitable for operation; and
a battery lockout configured to:
permit said battery to be operably seated in said battery cavity when said diagnostic means determines that said handle is suitable for operation; and
prevent said battery from being operably seated in said battery cavity if said diagnostic means determines that said handle is not suitable for operation.

US Pat. No. 10,245,032

STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A stapling assembly, comprising:a staple cartridge, comprising:
a proximal end;
a distal end;
a deck configured to support the tissue of a patient, wherein said deck comprises a first longitudinal step and a second longitudinal step, wherein said first longitudinal step is defined by a first step height, and wherein said second longitudinal step is defined by a second step height which is different than said first step height;
a first longitudinal row of staple cavities defined in said first longitudinal step;
a second longitudinal row of staple cavities defined in said second longitudinal step;
a plurality of first staples removably stored in said first longitudinal row of staple cavities;
a plurality of second staples removably stored in said second longitudinal row of staple cavities;
a first longitudinal row of staple drivers aligned with said first longitudinal row of staple cavities, wherein said first longitudinal row of staple drivers support said first staples at a first unfired height; and
a second longitudinal row of staple drivers aligned with said second longitudinal row of staple cavities, wherein said second longitudinal row of staple drivers support said second staples at a second unfired height which is different than said first unfired height; and
an anvil configured to deform said first staples to a first deformed height and said second staples to a second deformed height which is different than said first deformed height,
wherein a distal compressive pressure is applied to the tissue between said anvil and said distal end of said staple cartridge, wherein a proximal compressive pressure is applied to the tissue between said anvil and said proximal end of said staple cartridge, and wherein said proximal compressive pressure is different than said distal compressive pressure, and
wherein a first compressive pressure is applied to the tissue between said anvil and said first longitudinal step, wherein a second compressive pressure is applied to the tissue between said anvil and said second longitudinal step, and wherein said second compressive pressure is different than said first compressive pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,245,031

SURGICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING SURGICAL BUTTRESS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of attaching a surgical buttress to an anvil assembly or a cartridge assembly of a surgical stapler, comprising:depositing an interlocking material onto a buttress body of the surgical buttress at one or more predetermined locations;
applying heat to the buttress body to melt the interlocking material;
allowing a portion of the interlocking material at each of the predetermined locations to pass into at least one lateral recess defined in the cartridge assembly or anvil assembly, the at least one lateral recess being defined by a plurality of walls, wherein at least two of the plurality of walls taper in opposing directions relative to one another from a buttress receiving end of the least one lateral recess to form a flared configuration; and
solidifying the interlocking material so that the interlocking material mechanically interlocks within the at least one lateral recess.

US Pat. No. 10,245,030

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS WITH TENSIONING ARRANGEMENTS FOR CABLE DRIVEN ARTICULATION SYSTEMS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:an elongate shaft assembly defining a shaft axis;
a surgical end effector pivotally coupled to said elongate shaft assembly for selective articulation relative to said elongate shaft assembly about an articulation axis that is transverse to said shaft axis; and
an articulation system, comprising:
an articulation cable coupled to said surgical end effector at a point of attachment and journaled on a proximal pulley supported on said elongate shaft assembly, said proximal pulley defining a proximal pulley axis located a tension distance from said point of attachment;
an articulation driver coupled to said articulation cable for selectively causing said articulation cable to rotate about said proximal pulley in first and second articulation directions; and
an adjustable tensioning assembly interfacing with said proximal pulley to selectively adjust said tension distance, wherein said adjustable tensioning assembly comprises:
a pulley mount supporting said proximal pulley thereon; and
a mounting shaft coupled to said pulley mount and supported in a portion of said elongate shaft assembly for selective rotation relative thereto, said mounting shaft being eccentrically attached to said pulley mount such that rotation of said mounting shaft causes said proximal pulley to move axially to adjust said tension distance between said proximal pulley axis and said point of attachment.

US Pat. No. 10,245,029

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH ARTICULATING AND AXIALLY TRANSLATABLE END EFFECTOR

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:an elongate shaft assembly defining a shaft axis;
a surgical end effector comprising a distal end and a proximal end, said proximal end being pivotally coupled to said elongate shaft assembly for selective pivotal travel about an articulation axis that extends transversely relative to said shaft axis, said surgical end effector selectively pivotable about said articulation axis from an unarticulated position wherein said distal end of said surgical end effector is located an unarticulated distance from said articulation axis to articulated positions wherein said distal end of said surgical end effector is located a corresponding articulated distance from said articulation axis that is less than said unarticulated distance; and
means for selectively applying articulation motions to said surgical end effector, wherein said means for selectively applying comprises a rotary gear in meshing engagement with said surgical end effector.

US Pat. No. 10,245,028

POWER ADAPTER FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

ETHICON LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument system, comprising:a handle, comprising:
a pistol grip;
a handle housing;
a handle battery cell positioned in said handle housing;
a handle electrical circuit, wherein said handle battery cell is configured to supply power to said handle electrical circuit; and
a handle electrical connector in communication with said handle electrical circuit; and
a supplemental battery selectively engageable with said handle, wherein said supplemental battery comprises:
a battery housing engageable with said handle housing;
a battery electrical circuit;
a supplemental battery cell positioned in said battery housing, wherein said supplemental battery cell is configured to supply power to said battery electrical circuit;
a battery electrical connector in communication with said battery electrical circuit, wherein said battery electrical connector is engageable with said handle electrical connector when said supplemental battery is engaged with said handle to place said battery electrical circuit in communication with said handle electrical circuit; and
a receptacle defined in said battery housing, wherein said pistol grip of said handle is configured to be received within said receptacle to attach said supplemental battery to said handle,
wherein said handle further comprises a connector cover configured to selectively cover said handle electrical connector, wherein said connector cover is movable by said battery housing when said pistol grip is received within said receptacle between a first position in which said connector cover inhibits accidental contact with said handle electrical connector and a second position in which said connector cover permits said battery electrical connector to engage said handle electrical connector, and wherein said connector cover is biased into said first position by a spring member.

US Pat. No. 10,245,027

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH AN ANVIL THAT IS SELECTIVELY MOVABLE ABOUT A DISCRETE NON-MOVABLE AXIS RELATIVE TO A STAPLE CARTRIDGE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:an elongate channel configured to operably support a surgical staple cartridge therein;
an anvil pivotally coupled to a proximal end of the elongate channel, the anvil being pivotable about a discrete, non-movable anvil axis defined by said elongate channel;
a firing member configured for axial travel within the elongate channel in response to an application of firing motions thereto, the firing member being configured to movably engage the anvil and the elongate channel to space the anvil relative to the elongate channel at a desired spacing as the firing member is axially driven through the elongate channel; and
a closure member configured to move the anvil between an open position and closed positions relative to the elongate channel upon application of closure motions to the closure member.

US Pat. No. 10,245,026

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR FOLDING AND SECURING TISSUE

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A method of securing tissue comprising:inserting an endoscope, a tube, and a rotatable arm through an esophagus, the tube disposed radially outward and around the endoscope, and the rotatable arm movably mounted to the tube;
rotating the rotatable arm toward the tube;
engaging tissue between the rotatable arm and a portion of the tube;
inserting a tissue fastener through a lumen of the tube, wherein an entirety of the tissue fastener is passed through a single opening in the tube adjacent a distal end of the tube, and wherein the tissue fastener includes a first arm configured to contact and extend along a first side of the tissue and a second arm configured to contact and extend along a second side of the tissue; and
securing the tissue with the tissue fastener, a first end of the tissue fastener engaging a first outer surface of the tissue and having a free end positioned on the first side of the tissue, and a second end of the tissue fastener engaging a second outer surface of the tissue and having a free end positioned on the second side of the tissue opposite the first side of the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,245,025

PACKAGED ANTIMICROBIAL MEDICAL DEVICE HAVING IMPROVED SHELF LIFE AND METHOD OF PREPARING SAME

Ethicon, Inc., Somervill...

12. A packaged antimicrobial suture comprising:an inner package having a source of antimicrobial agent, the source of antimicrobial agent comprising a plurality of patches, each patch having a pair of antimicrobial agent reservoirs;
at least one suture positioned within said inner package, said at least one suture comprising one or more surfaces; and
an outer package having an inner surface, said outer package having said inner package positioned within;
wherein said at least one suture, said inner package and said inner surface of said outer package are subjected to time, temperature and pressure conditions sufficient to transfer an effective amount of said antimicrobial agent from said antimicrobial agent source to said at least one suture and said inner package, thereby substantially inhibiting bacterial colonization on said at least one suture and said inner package, and
wherein said antimicrobial agent reservoirs are formed of a non-woven polymeric fabric.

US Pat. No. 10,245,024

STITCHING END EFFECTOR

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An end effector comprising:a first cradle;
a first carriage moveably supporting the first cradle along a first curved path between an advanced position and a retracted position relative to the first carriage;
a first needle supported by and extending distally from the first cradle;
a first suture supported by the first needle, the first cradle and the first carriage configured to draw the first suture through tissue when the first cradle moves towards the advanced position and configured to form a first stitch loop in the first suture when the first cradle is moved from the advanced position towards the retracted position;
a second needle; and
a second suture supported by the second needle, the second needle configured to draw the second suture through the first stitch loop.

US Pat. No. 10,245,023

SUTURE DEVICE

1. A method for repairing a hernia comprising the steps of:providing a suture device;
providing a mesh;
laparoscopically delivering the mesh to the site of the hernia;
delivering the suture device to the site of the hernia; and
laparoscopically suturing the mesh with a plurality of individual sutures to an internal body wall at the site of the hernia,
wherein each of the sutures comprises a closed loop which extends through the mesh, into the body wall and out of the body wall, and the individual sutures are not tensioned such that a force applied to the internal body wall is minimized while ensuring that the mesh is retained at the site of the hernia, and
wherein the suture device comprises:
a shaft including a suture feed channel and a suture return channel;
a needle at a distal end of the shaft that creates a curved pathway for delivery of the sutures through a portion of the internal body wall;
a rotary device for twisting the sutures to form the closed loops, the rotary device having a suture receiving hole and a suture return hole, the rotary device being rotatable from a receiving configuration in which the suture receiving hole and the suture return hole are in alignment with the suture feed channel and the suture return channel, respectively, to a twisted configuration in which the suture receiving hole and the suture return hole are in alignment with the suture return channel and the suture feed channel, respectively; and
a closure device for closing the suture to form the closed loop.

US Pat. No. 10,245,022

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SUTURING INTRACARDIAC DEFECTS

ABBOTT LABORATORIES, Abb...

1. A method for closing a septal defect, the method comprising:following positioning one of a proximal facing surface or a distal facing surface of a first extendable locating foot to engage but not penetrate septal tissue forming the septal defect in a first atrium communicating with one end of a tunnel of the septal defect, advancing a first needle toward the first extendable locating foot to advance a suture material portion through the septal tissue;
following positioning a facing surface of a second extendable locating foot in a second atrium communicating with another end of the tunnel of the septal defect, the first atrium being different from the second atrium, the second extendable locating foot engaging but not penetrating septal tissue forming the septal defect in the second atrium, and the facing surface facing oppositely to the one of the proximal facing surface or the distal facing surface of the first extendable locating foot engaging with the septal tissue, advancing a second needle towards the second extendable locating foot to advance other suture material portion through the septal tissue; and
securing the suture material portion and the other suture material portion to close a septal defect,
wherein, the first needle is advanced from the second atrium to enter the first atrium to advance the suture material through the septal tissue and the second needle is advanced from the first atrium to the second atrium to advance the other suture material portion through the septal tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,245,021

MAGNETIC U-STITCH DEVICE

APPLIED MEDICAL TECHNOLOG...

1. A suturing device comprising:a first and second hypodermic needle;
one or more sutures comprising a magnetic tip at an end of the one or more sutures and being at least partially disposed in a cavity of the first hypodermic needle;
a magnetic retrieving probe comprising a magnetic tip and being at least partially disposed in a cavity of the second hypodermic needle; and
a suture advancement component having a cannula, the suture advancement component being at least partially disposed in the cavity of the first hypodermic needle, the one or more sutures being at least partially disposed in the cannula,
wherein the diameter of the magnetic tip of the one or more sutures is greater than an inner diameter of the cannula, and
wherein the magnetic tip of the one or more sutures and the magnetic tip of the magnetic retrieving probe have opposite polarities.

US Pat. No. 10,245,020

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR KNOTLESS SUTURE ANCHORING

MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL,...

1. A method of performing a surgical repair, comprising:distally driving an anchor assembly comprising a proximal anchor body mated to a proximal end of a distal anchor body of the anchor assembly into a hole in a bone, the proximal anchor body having at least one suture passed through at least one opening formed through at least one side wall of the proximal anchor body, the suture being passed through the opening such that terminal end portions of the suture pass alongside a driver shaft removably attached to the anchor assembly, the suture having a portion thereof that is attached to soft tissue;
and rotating the distal anchor body to cause the distal anchor body to move proximally towards the proximal anchor body such that a proximal portion of the distal anchor body is received within the proximal anchor body so as to occlude the opening and thereby cause the suture to be secured between an inner wall of the proximal anchor body and an outer wall of the distal anchor body.

US Pat. No. 10,245,019

SELF-CINCHING SUTURE ANCHORS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, I...

1. A surgical method, comprising:threading a suture coupled to a soft tissue through an inner lumen of a suture anchor, around a suture receiving member located in a distal end portion of the suture anchor, and back through the inner lumen, the suture having first and second terminal ends that extend out of a proximal end of the suture anchor;
implanting the suture anchor in a bone hole;
tensioning the first and second terminal ends of the suture to pull the suture around the suture receiving member and thereby pull the soft tissue toward the suture anchor; and
forming a first knot with the first and second terminal ends of the suture such that the first knot is positioned adjacent to the proximal end of the suture anchor and to a proximal end of a plug disposed within the inner lumen, the plug allowing free sliding movement of the suture within the inner lumen of the suture anchor, and the first knot having an outer diameter that prevents the first knot from passing between the suture anchor and the plug such that the first knot retains the plug within the suture anchor as tension is applied to the suture by the soft tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,245,018

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLOSING FISSURES IN THE ANNULUS FIBROSUS

Suture Concepts Inc., Ba...

1. A method for closing a fissure in a region of tissue having an inner surface and an outer surface, the method comprising:providing a first transverse anchor having a first surface, a second surface and a hole extending from the first surface to the second surface, and a first flexible longitudinal fixation component having a first end and a second end, wherein the first flexible longitudinal fixation component is passed through the hole in the first transverse anchor and secured to the first transverse anchor with a first knot tied on the second surface of the first transverse anchor;
providing a second transverse anchor having a first surface, a second surface and a hole extending from the first surface to the second surface, and a second flexible longitudinal fixation component having a first end and a second end, wherein the second flexible longitudinal fixation component is passed through the hole in the second transverse anchor and secured to the second transverse anchor with a second knot tied on the second surface of the second transverse anchor;
positioning the first surface of the first transverse anchor on one side of the fissure and against the inner surface of the tissue, with the second end of the first flexible longitudinal fixation component extending to the outer surface of the tissue on the first side of the fissure;
positioning the first surface of the second transverse anchor on the second side of the fissure and against the inner surface of the tissue, with the second end of the second flexible longitudinal fixation component extending to the outer surface of the tissue on the second side of the fissure;
tensioning the first flexible longitudinal fixation component and second flexible longitudinal fixation component so as to reduce the size of the fissure; and
securing the first flexible longitudinal fixation component to the second flexible longitudinal fixation component.

US Pat. No. 10,245,017

KNOTLESS TWIST SUTURE ANCHOR

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. A suture anchor comprising:a first body portion having a bone-engaging feature to fixedly engage a bony tissue; and
a second body portion rotatable relative to the first body portion and having a flexible member loop coupled to the second body portion and configured for receipt of a suture; wherein rotation of the second body portion relative to the first body portion rotates the flexible member loop and is configured to cause the flexible member loop to fold upon and to frictionally engage a suture passing through the flexible member loop to form a twist to frictionally secure the suture passing through the flexible member loop, wherein the second body portion includes a recessed fixation point including a cavity on a bottom surface of a tool engaging region of the second body portion where the flexible member is coupled to the second body portion by extending through holes located on the bottom of the tool engaging region which extend into the cavity of the recessed fixation point such that the flexible member is exposed within the tool engaging region of the second body member while being recessed below the tool-engaging region.

US Pat. No. 10,245,016

ADJUSTABLE SELF-LOCKING LOOP CONSTRUCTS FOR TISSUE REPAIRS AND RECONSTRUCTIONS

ARTHREX, INC., Naples, F...

1. A fixation system for tissue reconstruction, comprising: a fixation device;a knotless tensionable loop construct attached to the fixation device and having two flexible loops and two splices, at least one of the two flexible loops having an adjustable length, wherein the two flexible loops are interlinked such that a first loop of the two flexible loops passes through an opening established by a second loop of the two flexible loops and the second loop passes through an opening established by the first loop wherein the two flexible loops and the two splices are formed from a same flexible strand; and
a graft connected to the tensionable loop construct, wherein at least one of the two flexible loops is passed through a bone block of the graft wherein a region where the two flexible loops are interlinked is located within a hole of the bone block.

US Pat. No. 10,245,015

RETRACTOR WITH MODULAR TAP ASSEMBLIES

Life Spine, Inc., Huntle...

1. A retractor assembly, comprising;an elongated base having a first side including a first plurality of teeth and a first elongated through slot extending along a first direction, and a second side including a second plurality of teeth and a second elongated through slot extending along the first direction;
a first side arm assembly coupled to the first side of the base and configured to translate along the base in the first direction, the first side arm assembly including:
a first arm portion including a cavity receiving the first side of the base therethrough, and including a first ratchet mechanism configured to engage the first plurality of teeth;
a second arm portion coupled to the first arm portion of the first arm assembly and extending along a first longitudinal axis perpendicular to the first direction such that the second arm portion is rotatable about the first longitudinal axis relative to the first arm portion, wherein the second arm portion of the first side arm assembly includes a first recess having a closed superior end closed by a top side of the second arm portion of the first side arm assembly and an inferior open end opening through a bottom side of the second arm portion of the first side arm assembly; and
a first locking knob extending through the closed superior end of the second arm portion;
a first side blade assembly having a first attachment arm configured to be received in the first recess of the first side arm assembly only from the bottom side of the second arm portion of the first side arm assembly of the retractor assembly such that the first locking knob threadingly engages a locking aperture of the first attachment arm of the first side blade assembly, the first side blade assembly further includes a first tap assembly including a first threaded screw configured to threadingly engage bone;
a second side arm assembly coupled to the second side of the base and configured to translate along the base in the first direction independent from the first side assembly, the second side arm assembly including:
a first arm portion including a cavity receiving the second side of the base therethrough, and including a second ratchet mechanism configured to engage the second plurality of teeth;
a second arm portion coupled to the first arm portion of the second side arm assembly and extending along a second longitudinal axis perpendicular to the first direction such that the second arm portion of the second side arm assembly is rotatable about the second longitudinal axis relative to the first arm portion of the second side arm assembly, wherein the second arm portion of the second side arm assembly includes a second recess having a closed superior end closed by a top side of the second arm portion of the second side arm assembly; and an inferior open end opening through a bottom side of the second arm portion of the second side arm assembly; and
a second locking knob extending through the closed superior end of the second arm portion of the second side arm assembly;
a second side blade assembly having a second attachment arm configured to be received in the second recess of the second side arm assembly only from the bottom side of the second arm portion of the second side arm assembly of the retractor assembly such that the second locking knob threadingly engages a locking aperture of the second attachment arm of the second side blade assembly, the second side blade assembly further includes a second tap assembly including a second threaded screw configured to threadingly engage bone;
a center arm assembly having a first portion removably coupled to a center portion of the base between the first and second sides of the base, and a second portion of the center arm assembly is configured to translate relative to the base and through the first portion of the center arm assembly along a second direction different from the first direction, the second portion of the center arm assembly includes a center recess opening through a top side of the second portion of the center arm assembly;
a center blade assembly having a center attachment arm configured to be removably coupled into the center recess of the second portion of the center arm assembly only from the top side of the second portion of the center arm assembly of the retractor assembly, wherein the center blade assembly includes a second blade received by a first blade coupled to the center arm assembly; and
a locking screw configured to threadingly engage the top side of the second portion of the center arm assembly and having a head including a cutout configured for rotation to be aligned with the center recess to allow coupling the center attachment arm in the center recess of the center arm assembly and configured for rotation to be unaligned with the recess to retain the center attachment arm in the center recess of the center arm assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,245,014

DEVICE OF AUTOMATIC MECHANICAL WOUND OPENER FOR HEAD AND NECK SURGERY

NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSIT...

1. A device of automatic mechanical wound opener for head and neck surgery, comprising:a wound opener comprising:
a fixed unit; and
a plurality of drawing units connected to the fixed unit, wherein the plurality of drawing units are movably connected on the fixed unit,
wherein each of the drawing units includes a first arm, a second arm connected with the first arm, and a blade connected to the second arm; the first arm is connected to the fixed unit by one end thereof and to the second arm by the other end thereof; the second arm can be adjusted to a needed included angle relative to the first arm; and at least one of the blades comprises an extension plate connected to an end of a plane plate part of the blade, and the extension plate is connected to the second arm for shortening a spacing between the blade, to which the extension plate is connected, and the other blade paired thereto during operation, wherein the spacing is substantially smaller than an operating space formed between the first arm, the second arm of the drawing unit, comprising the extension plate, and the first atm, the second arm of the other drawing unit when paired thereto, and wherein the blade which the extension plate is connected to is substantially parallel to the other blade pairing thereto when operation;
wherein in each of the drawing units the blade is pivotally connected to the second arm;
wherein the drawing unit being movably connected on the fixed unit is moved along the fixed unit to and positioned at a desired position by an adjusting unit;
wherein the adjusting unit comprises a controlling member and a moving member, the moving member is sleeved on and surrounds the fixed unit and has a chamber for inserting the controlling member therein, and the controlling member comprises an operating handle and a plurality of teeth, and wherein the fixed unit has a plurality of dental grooves corresponding to the plurality of teeth of the controlling member; and
wherein the controlling member is configured to be inserted from either side of the chamber, and the chamber includes opening on both sides that are configured to receive the controlling member.

US Pat. No. 10,245,013

CLOSURE DEVICE AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING THEM

INTEGRATED VASCULAR SYSTE...

1. A medical device comprising:a plurality of members forming a body, the body being configured to transition from a delivery configuration to a deployed configuration, the plurality of members forming a plurality of openings each with a long axis extending substantially longitudinally relative to a longitudinal axis of the medical device in the delivery configuration, wherein each opening has a mid-portion having a width in a direction transverse to the long axis of the opening greater than widths of a remainder of the opening in the deployed configuration; and
a plurality of end portions disposed at a distal portion of the medical device, each end portion extending towards the longitudinal axis in the deployed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,245,012

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR SEALING A VASCULAR PUNCTURE

ACCESS CLOSURE, INC., Sa...

1. An apparatus for sealing a puncture through a vessel wall, the apparatus comprising:a positioning assembly including an expandable member disposed at a distal portion of the positioning assembly, the expandable member configured to move between an unexpanded state and an expanded state;
a support member, the positioning assembly configured to move axially within the support member;
a tubular member through which the support member is axially advanceable; and
a handle comprising an outer housing portion and a depressible button, wherein the button is provided in a first position in which the button is operatively coupled to the tubular member and operatively uncoupled from the support member, the button being moveable relative to the outer housing portion from the first position to a second position to retract the tubular member and advance the support member;
wherein the button has a partially depressed position in which the button is operatively coupled to the support member, the tubular member is positioned proximally compared to its position when the button is in the first position, a sealant disposed at the distal portion of the positioning assembly is at least partially exposed, and the support member is in substantially the same position as it is when the button is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,011

HEMOSTATIC AGENT APPLICATOR

OSAKA UNIVERSITY, Osaka ...

1. A hemostatic agent applicator for use in disposing a fluid hemostatic agent, comprising:a tool body in which a hollow part surrounded by a wall part is formed and which includes an open end part on a downstream side of the wall part, and which includes a top plate on an upstream side of the wall part;
an inlet provided to be inclined at a predetermined angle on the top plate of the tool body to communicate with the hollow part, and
a flexible movable member provided in the wall part, wherein:
the open end part is capable of coming into direct contact with an incision surface formed during surgery such that the tool body covers the incision surface when the open end part comes into direct contact with the incision surface, and
a diameter of the open end part is longer than a height of the wall part.

US Pat. No. 10,245,010

ASSEMBLY FOR COUPLING POWERED DRIVER WITH INTRAOSSEOUS DEVICE

TELEFLEX MEDICAL DEVICES ...

1. A coupler assembly operable to releasably engage one end of a drive shaft extending from a powered driver with an intraosseous (IO) device having a first end operable to penetrate a bone and associated bone marrow, the coupler assembly having a first end and a second end, the coupler assembly comprising:an elongated core having a first end operable to be releasably engaged with a second end of the IO device;
the elongated core having a second end operable to be releasably engaged with the one end of the drive shaft extending from the powered driver;
a housing assembly having a first end and a second end with respective openings formed in the first end and the second end of the housing assembly;
the openings in the first end and the second end of the housing assembly each having dimensions and configurations selected to be compatible with exterior portions of the elongated core disposed within the housing assembly;
a biasing mechanism disposed between an interior shoulder of the housing assembly and an exterior shoulder of the elongated core, where the biasing mechanism is operable to bias a first portion of the housing assembly and a second portion of the housing assembly to a first position, where the first end of the housing assembly is closer to the first end of the elongated core when the first portion of the housing assembly is in the first position than in a second position, and where the second end of the housing assembly is closer to the second end of the elongated core when the second portion of the housing assembly is in the first position than in the second position;
a first receptacle disposed in the first end of the elongated core at a location corresponding with the first end of the coupler assembly; and
a second receptacle disposed in the second end of the elongated core at a location corresponding with the second end of the coupler assembly,
where the first portion of the housing assembly is configured to slide along a longitudinal length of the core between the first position and the second position,
where the second portion of the housing assembly is configured to slide along a longitudinal length of the core between the first position and the second position,
where the second portion of the housing assembly is configured to slide over the elongated core relative to the first portion of the housing assembly, and
where the first end of the elongated core has an outer diameter that is greater than an outer diameter of the second end of the elongated core.

US Pat. No. 10,245,009

APPARATUS FOR SAFELY AND ACCURATELY EXCISING CORE TISSUE SAMPLES FROM PALPATED NODULES OR SURFACE LESIONS

Stephen Henry Miller, Na...

9. An apparatus for biopsying a biological mass that has been palpated by the fingertip of a user, said apparatus comprising;a housing (2) of a cylindrical shape defining a housing passageway (2A) and extending along a central axis (A) between a proximal end (2B) and a distal end (2C),
a cannula (20) of a cylindrical shape extending between ends and defining a cannula passageway and being slidably disposed in said housing passageway (2A),
said cannula (20) including a sharpened end having a crescent shape as viewed in cross section to define a point and curving from said point to define said sharpened end,
said distal end (2C) of said housing (2) being at an acute angle to said central axis (A) for disposing said sharpened end of said cannula (20) generally parallel to said distal end (20) of said housing (2),
a stylet (10) of a cylindrical shape having a pointed end and defining a slot of a rectangular shape spaced from said pointed end for being slidably disposed in said cannula passageway of said cannula (20) and for sliding outwardly from said distal end (2C) of said housing (2) with said pointed end puncturing into the biological mass with a segment of the biological mass expanding into said slot and said slot containing a biopsy of the biological mass when said cannula (20) is slid through said housing passageway (2A) outwardly from said distal end (2C) of said housing (2) to cut the segment of the biological mass, and
a first flange (4A) extending outwardly and upwardly from said distal end (2C) of said housing (2) at a first acute angle for protecting the fingertip when sliding each of said cannula (20) and said stylet (10) through said housing passageway (2A) outwardly from said distal end (2C) of said housing (2) and retracting back into said housing passageway (2A) with the biopsy of the biological mass,
a second flange (4B) extending outwardly and downward from said proximal end (2B) of said housing (2) at a second acute angle for guiding said cannula (20) and said stylet (10) into said housing passageway (2A),
characterized by,
a distal fiducial (6) of a spherical shape protruding upwardly from said first flange (4A) for touching by the fingertip of the human to precisely position the fingertip on the biological mass and indicate to the human it is safe to cut the biopsy of the biological mass,
a proximal fiducial (6) of a spherical shape protruding downwardly from said second flange (4B) for touching by the fingertip of the human to precisely position the fingertip on the biological mass and indicate to the human it is safe to cut the biopsy of the biological mass,
said flanges (4A, 4B) being arcuate in shape and having a width (y) of between one-eighth (??) and three-eighths (??),
said first acute angle being different from said second acute angle, and
each of said angles being between about 10° and about 30°.

US Pat. No. 10,245,008

BODILY FLUIDS SPECIMEN COLLECTION DEVICE

Susan D. Paige, Harrison...

1. A bodily fluids sample collection device, comprising:(a) An elastic elongated frame member comprising: a first end and an opposing second end, the first end and the opposing second end each having a handle, the elastic elongated frame member being planar from the first end to the opposing second end;
(b) The elastic elongated frame member further comprising: a top edge, a first frame side and an opposing second frame side, the first frame side and the opposing second frame side concurrently angling inward from the first end and the opposing second end, respectively, from each handle toward a cup securing region centrally located in the elastic elongated frame member, and the elastic elongated frame member thereby having an increasingly narrowing frame width between the first frame side and the opposing second frame side toward the cup securing region, and a bodily fluids sample cup disposed in an upright position between the first frame side and the opposing second frame side of the elastic elongated frame member for receiving a bodily fluids sample from a patient;
(c) the first frame side and the opposing second frame side at the cup securing region each having an opposing, flexibly adjustable semi-circular cup holding portion, comprised of a pair of opposing semi-circular cup holding portions, defining the cup securing region of the elastic elongated frame member, the first frame side and the opposing second frame side being flexibly adapted to securely and removably engage, receive and support the bodily fluids sample cup;
(d) the first frame side and the opposing second frame side at the cup securing region being flexibly adapted for easy placement and release of the bodily fluids sample cup by the patient;
(e) a toilet bowl;
(f) the elastic elongated frame member having a frame length extending beyond an edge of the toilet bowl;
(g) the toilet bowl having a major axis and a minor axis; and
(h) whereby the handles enable the patient to grasp the bodily fluids sample collection device.

US Pat. No. 10,245,007

HIGH RESOLUTION INTRAVASCULAR ULTRASOUND IMAGING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

InfraReDx, Inc., Burling...

8. A method for obtaining a high resolution intravascular ultrasound image using a high resolution intravascular ultrasound imaging system having an image processor and a catheter configured for percutaneous insertion into a target blood vessel, said method comprising:a. energizing, by a pulser of said image processor, said ultrasonic transducer with a multi-frequency waveform signal,
b. emitting, by said ultrasound transducer, ultrasound energy towards said target blood vessel based on said multi-frequency waveform signal,
c. receiving, by said ultrasound transducer, ultrasound energy reflected from said target blood vessel,
d. decomposing, by a receiver of said image processor, received ultrasound energy into a plurality of individual subband signals,
e. individually processing, by said receiver of said image processor, said plurality of subband signals, and
f. composing, by said receiver of said image processor, said high resolution intravascular ultrasound image by non-linearly combining said individually processed plurality of subband signals.

US Pat. No. 10,245,005

ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER PROBE WITH MICROBEAMFORMER FOR MULTILINE IMAGING

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. An ultrasonic transducer probe and system comprising:an array of transducer elements configured as a plurality of adjacent patches of transducer elements, wherein the array of transducer elements is operable to transmit a beam centered on a given patch;
a microbeamformer coupled to the transducer elements of the array comprising:
a plurality of controllable delays coupled to elements of the array to produce delayed echo signals;
a plurality of controllable switches, wherein each of the plurality of controllable switches is individually coupled to a respective one of the plurality of controllable delays to direct the respective delayed echo signal to a selected one of a summing node of the given patch, a summing node of a second patch adjacent to the given patch, and a summing node of a third patch adjacent to the given patch on an opposite side of the given patch; and
a plurality of microbeamformer outputs, each of the plurality of microbeamformer outputs coupled to at least one of the summing nodes;
a microbeamformer controller coupled to the microbeamformer and configured to:
control a first plurality of the plurality of controllable switches to direct signals from elements on a first side of the beam center to the summing node of the given patch; and
control a second plurality of the plurality of controllable switches to direct signals from elements on a second side of the beam center to the summing node of the second patch or the third patch; and
a system beamformer having a plurality of channels, each of the plurality of channels being coupled to receive a partial beamsum signal from at least one of the plurality of microbeamformer outputs, wherein the system beamformer is configured to process beamsum signals received from the patches to form multiline signals.

US Pat. No. 10,245,004

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMBALANCE MEASUREMENT OF ROTATING MACHINERY

General Electric Company,...

1. A balancing system for use with a rotating member disposed in a stationary housing, the balancing system configured for mounting to the stationary housing, the balancing system comprising:a first inclinometer configured to provide inclination information at a first frequency and vibration information at a second frequency, the second frequency higher than the first frequency; and
at least one processor operably coupled to the first inclinometer, the at least one processor coupled to the first inclinometer and configured to acquire the vibration information from the first inclinometer, the at least one processor configured to disregard the inclination information at the first frequency and to determine a state of balance of the rotating member using only the vibration information but not the inclination information.

US Pat. No. 10,245,003

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a radiation detection unit including an image obtaining pixel for obtaining a radiation image and a dose obtaining pixel for obtaining a radiation dose;
a calibration data generating unit configured to compare information obtained from an output value of the image obtaining pixel and information obtained from an output value of the dose obtaining pixel, and generate calibration data for calibrating an output value of the dose obtaining pixel so that the information based on the output value of the image obtaining pixel and the information based on the output value of the dose obtaining pixel become equal; and
a calibration control unit configured to calibrate the output value of the dose obtaining pixel by using the calibration data.

US Pat. No. 10,245,002

ISOTOPE SPECIFIC CALIBRATION OF A DOSE CALIBRATOR FOR QUANTITATIVE FUNCTIONAL IMAGING

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A method for dose calibration for quantitative single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), the method comprising:measuring a first activity of a radioisotope sample with a high-purity Germanium detector, the radioisotope sample having a radioisotope;
normalizing the first activity by an efficiency of the high-purity Germanium detector;
measuring a second activity of the radioisotope sample with a first dose calibrator of a first SPECT system;
normalizing the second activity by an efficiency of the first dose calibrator;
calculating a bias based on the normalized first and second activities;
correcting a dose value of a radiotracer of the radioisotope with a difference in sensitivity based on the bias;
determining the difference in sensitivity by applying the calculated bias to a table of dose values for the radiotracer, the table having values measured by a second dose calibrator remote from the first SPECT system unit.

US Pat. No. 10,245,001

GENERATION OF A THREE-DIMENSIONAL RECONSTRUCTION OF A BODY PART BY AN X-RAY MACHINE

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for an operation of an X-ray machine for generation of a three-dimensional reconstruction of a target portion of a body part, the method comprising:supplying a first X-ray capture of the target portion of the body part, captured at a first capture angle, to a computing unit of the X-ray machine, wherein the body part comprises a portion of a blood vessel or an organ;
automatically analyzing the supplied first X-ray capture of the target portion of the body part by the computing unit, wherein a center line of the portion of the blood vessel or the organ is identified;
evaluating a suitability of at least one further capture angle, by the computing unit, based on the identified center line from the automatic analysis as an axis of rotation;
setting a second capture angle on the X-ray machine, with respect to a same target portion of the body part, either automatically by the computing unit, wherein a result from the evaluation is taken into account, or manually by an operator, wherein a result from the evaluation is displayed to the operator by a display unit of the X-ray machine, wherein the second capture angle is a different capture angle than the first capture angle;
controlling an approach to the set second capture angle using a capture unit of the X-ray machine about the axis of rotation;
capturing the second X-ray capture at the set second capture angle by the capture unit; and
generating the three-dimensional reconstruction of the same target portion of the body part using the first X-ray capture and the second X-ray capture.

US Pat. No. 10,245,000

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DEFINING A VOLUME OF INTEREST IN A PHYSIOLOGICAL IMAGE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method comprising:reconstructing an anatomical image having a first resolution using a first imaging modality;
reconstructing a physiological image having a second resolution lower than the first resolution using a second imaging modality, the physiological image including a plurality of voxels;
identifying a target boundary of the target in the anatomical image;
registering the target boundary of the target on the physiological image;
identifying voxels of the physiological image that are completely within the target boundary;
calculating an inner activity value by summing activity levels of the voxels of the physiological image completely within the target boundary;
identifying partial volume voxels of the physiological image that include the target boundary;
assigning a weight to each of the partial volume voxels;
multiplying the weight of each partial volume voxel by an average target activity level to determine a modified activity level for each partial volume voxel;
calculating a partial volume activity value by summing the modified activity levels of the partial volume voxels;
combining the inner activity value and the partial volume activity; and
modifying the physiological image using the combined inner activity value and partial volume activity to provide a corrected physiological image.

US Pat. No. 10,244,999

THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE GENERATING METHOD AND SYSTEM USING MULTI-ENERGY X-RAY IMAGE AND OPTICAL IMAGE

KOREA ELECTROTECHNOLOGY R...

1. A three-dimensional image generating method comprising:collecting optical image of an object, by a three-dimensional image generating system;
detecting X-ray having a plurality of energy levels which transmits the object to generate a first transmission image group for the object;
calculating a three-dimensional surface model for the object using the first transmission image group; and
generating a three-dimensional image for the object using the three-dimensional surface model and the optical image,
wherein calculating the three-dimensional surface model includes reconstructing a tomographic image with improved contrast of soft tissue of the object using the first transmission image group, as compared with an example which uses a transmission image by one X-ray among X-rays having a plurality of energy levels, and
wherein reconstructing the tomographic image with an improved contrast includes:
calculating a second transmission image with an improved contrast for a surface tissue of the object using the first transmission image group; and
reconstructing a tomographic image from the second transmission image.

US Pat. No. 10,244,998

CEILING MOUNTED MEDICAL IMAGING SYSTEM

DENTAL IMAGING TECHNOLOGI...

1. A medical imaging device mountable on a support structure having a ceiling and a wall, the imaging device comprising:a frame;
a gantry having an X-ray radiation source and a radiation detector, and wherein the gantry is rotatable with respect to the frame;
a first vertical adjustment element having a first end coupleable to the ceiling and a second end coupled to the frame, the first end located a first distance from the second end, and wherein the first vertical adjustment element is configured such that the first distance is adjustable over a first range;
a second vertical adjustment element having a third end coupled to the frame and a fourth end coupled to the gantry, the third end located a second distance from the fourth end, wherein the second vertical adjustment element is configured so that the second distance is adjustable over a second range; and
a horizontal support member coupled to the frame and coupleable to the wall, the horizontal support member configured to maintain a horizontal position of the frame with respect to the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,244,997

C-ARM FOR A MEDICAL EXAMINATION DEVICE OR THERAPEUTIC DEVICE

SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH, ...

1. A C-arm for a medical examination device or therapeutic device, designed as a cast metal component, the C-arm including one or more reinforcement profiles, extending along the C-arm at least in certain sections, cast in.

US Pat. No. 10,244,996

FLUOROSCOPY OPERATOR PROTECTION DEVICE

Radiaction Ltd, (IL)

1. A method for performing fluoroscopy with radiation protection, said method comprising:providing an X-ray source and an X-ray detector/image intensifier mounted on a C-arm adjacent a procedure table;
positioning a first end of a first radiation shield around the X-ray source and conforming a second end of the first radiation shield to the procedure table and/or a body of a patient on the procedure table;
positioning a first end of a second radiation shield around the X-ray detector/image intensifier and conforming a second end of the second radiation shield to the procedure table and/or a body of a patient on the procedure table; and
directing x-rays from the x-ray source through the body of the patient to the X-ray detector/image intensifier while the patient lies on the procedure table within the C-arm, wherein the first radiation shield and the second radiation shield block stray radiation being emitted beyond the patient's body.

US Pat. No. 10,244,995

STORAGE UNIT AND MOBILE X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A mobile x-ray imaging apparatus comprising:a slot configured to store an x-ray detector;
a first damping unit installed at a base plate of the slot and configured to absorb an impact on the x-ray detector when the x-ray detector is inserted in the slot;
a connector installed at the base plate and electrically connected to a terminal of the x-ray detector when the x-ray detector is inserted in the slot; and
a connector magnetic body installed near the connector, and configured to:
interact with a detector magnetic body included in the x-ray detector; and
fix the x-ray detector when the x-ray detector is inserted in the slot,
wherein the first damping unit protrudes over the base plate and the connector in a direction opposite to an insertion direction of the x-ray detector in the slot, and
wherein the first damping unit is configured for decelerating the inserted x-ray detector before the inserted x-ray detector contacts the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,244,994

CT SCAN INFLATABLE MATTRESS

Woodlark Circle, Inc., B...

1. An inflatable mattress, comprising:a top panel;
a bottom panel; and
a side panel coupled between a perimeter of the top panel and a perimeter of the bottom panel, the side panel defining a cutout sized and configured to receive a headrest therein, wherein the side panel comprises an inlet opening sized and configured to couple to an air supply hose.

US Pat. No. 10,244,993

COMPRESSION AND SHIELDING DEVICE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A compression and shielding device for X-ray mammography, comprising:a compression element, and
a shielding,
wherein the compression element is arranged to compress a part of a breast to be examined, and
wherein the shielding is to be arranged between an X-ray source and the compression element to shield an uncompressed part of the breast from X-ray radiation, and is formed to allow the direction of X-ray radiation to the compressed part of the breast and to keep an uncompressed part of the breast uncovered.

US Pat. No. 10,244,992

INTERFACE FOR POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY (PET) SCANNER DETECTOR MODULE

1. A Positron Emission Tomography (PET) device comprising:one or more scan detectors configured to detect radiation emitted from a patient's body placed within said PET device;
at least one coincidence processing unit (CPU) to receive data from said detectors; and
an Ethernet interface to communicate between at least one CPU and said detector,
wherein the detector is configured to transmit data, receive power, recover clock and synchronize information between the detector and the CPU through the Ethernet interface,
wherein the PET device has a clock module having a clock recovery circuitry on the detector to recover the clock from CPU, and on the CPU to recover the clock from the detector, monitor the fine difference with a Time to Digital Converter (TDC); and a synchronization module to count clock cycles to determine the coarse difference, and a direct detection of synchronization package used on master and/or slave sides to eliminate multiple peak effect.

US Pat. No. 10,244,991

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING RECOMMENDATION FOR OPTIMAL EXECUTION OF SURGICAL PROCEDURES

1. A method for providing information for a medical surgical procedure, the method comprising:acquiring, a processor, a plurality of multispectral images representing a portion of an anatomy of a patient;
performing image processing on each of the plurality of multispectral images to form a plurality of value maps, each value map identifying aspects of the portion of the anatomy of the patient by assigned values;
combining the plurality of value maps into a single recommendation map;
determining optimal points for performing the medical surgical procedure based on the single recommendation map;
displaying the optimal points for the medical surgical procedure by overlaying the optimal points on an original image of the portion of the anatomy of the patient or applying the optimal points to a robotic medical surgical procedure;
calculating diffuse reflectance values for the plurality of multispectral images;
selecting a reference diffuse reflectance value from the diffuse reflectance values and determining corresponding ratios between corresponding diffuse reflectance values and the reference diffuse reflectance value; and
determining a thickness map, as one of the plurality of value maps, corresponding to thickness of different portions of the anatomy of the patient based on the determined corresponding ratios,
wherein the optimal points for the medical surgical procedure are determined based on calculation of local maxima in the single recommendation map, which includes the thickness map, and
wherein the medical surgical procedure is at least one of suturing and stapling and the optimal points is at least one of optimal suture and stapling points.

US Pat. No. 10,244,990

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REHABILITATION OF LIMB MOTION

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...

1. A system for rehabilitation of limb motion, comprising:at least one of a thermal imaging device for imaging a subject or a plurality of sensors for sensing force or pressure exerted by a portion of the subject's body;
a processor; and
a memory operably coupled to the processor, the memory having computer-executable instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
receive at least one of force or pressure data measured by the sensors or image data captured by the thermal imaging device, and
calculate a quantitative measure of the subject's limb motion based on the force or pressure data or the image data.

US Pat. No. 10,244,989

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING CARDIAC TAMPONADE IN A PATIENT

Egbert Jan Constant Ottev...

14. A method of indicating an occurrence probability for cardiac tamponade in a patient, the method comprising:determining a measured transmural pressure difference between a right atrium pressure measured in a right atrium of the patient, and an intra-pericardial pressure measured in a portion of an intra-pericardial space of the patient,
determining a measured right atrium pressure difference between the measured right atrium pressure and a reference pressure measured at a reference location outside the right atrium and the intra-pericardial space,
comparing the measured transmural pressure difference with a predetermined statistical distribution of predetermined transmural pressure differences versus occurrence probabilities for cardiac tamponade, wherein the predetermined transmural pressure differences are predetermined differences between the right atrium pressure and the intra-pericardial pressure,
determining the occurrence probability for cardiac tamponade, based on said comparing the measured trans-mural pressure difference with a predetermined statistical distribution, and refined by differentiating between a first type of tamponade if the measured right atrium pressure difference is above a predetermined right atrium pressure threshold, and a second type of tamponade if the measured right atrium pressure difference is below the right atrium pressure threshold, and
indicating the determined occurrence probability for cardiac tamponade on an output device configured for outputting the determined occurrence probability for cardiac tamponade to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,244,988

METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM OF USING A BIO-SIGNAL PROFILE

NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY, E...

1. A method comprising:repeatedly and automatically, obtaining a detection of at least one bio-signal of a user of an apparatus;
determining, by the apparatus, a particular mode of operation of the apparatus in which the apparatus operated when a particular changed bio-signal was detected as changing from a first state to a second state, wherein the apparatus has a plurality of different modes of operation and wherein each different mode of operation is defined by which of at least a first application or a second application is running; and
using a bio-signal profile to determine an output to be provided by comparing each of the first state and the second state of the particular changed bio-signal to a normal range for the particular mode of operation according to the bio-signal profile,
wherein the output is determined dependent upon (1) the particular changed bio-signal having changed (a) from being outside the normal range to inside the normal range, or (b) from being inside the normal range to outside the normal range, and (2) the particular mode of operation of the apparatus in which the apparatus operated when the particular changed bio-signal was detected as changing,
wherein, in an instance in which it is determined that the particular mode of operation is a first mode of operation in which the apparatus runs the first application but not the second application, the output determined changes in response to the particular changed bio-signal changing from the first state to the second state, and
wherein, in an instance in which it is determined that the particular mode of operation is a second mode of operation in which the apparatus runs the second application but not the first application, the output determined does not change in response to the particular changed bio-signal changing from the first state to the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,244,987

PHYSIOLOGICAL DETECTION SYSTEM WITH ADJUSTABLE SIGNAL SOURCE AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

1. A physiological detection system, comprising:a physiological detection module comprising:
a light source configured to provide light to illuminate a skin region;
a photo sensor comprising a first pixel and a second pixel, and configured to detect emergent light passing the skin region with at least one signal source parameter and output an image signal, wherein the photo sensor further comprises opaque metal layers around the first pixel and the second pixel to respectively form an overhead first light tunnel toward the first pixel and a stepped second light tunnel toward the second pixel to cause the first pixel and the second pixel to receive the emergent light from the skin region at different first and second light receiving angles respectively, and the different first and second light receiving angles define the at least one signal source parameter, and
a first processor configured to calculate a first confident level according to the image signal and update the at least one signal source parameter according to the first confident level.

US Pat. No. 10,244,986

WIRELESS SENSOR PATCHES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING

Avery Dennison Corporatio...

1. A method of manufacturing a plurality of wireless sensor patches comprising the steps of:(I) unwinding a skin-friendly adhesive membrane from a skin-friendly adhesive membrane storage roll, wherein the skin-friendly adhesive membrane includes a substrate sheet carrying a layer of skin-friendly adhesive and a first release liner, wherein the first release liner is carried by the layer of skin-friendly adhesive, wherein the layer of skin-friendly adhesive is sandwiched between the first release liner and the substrate sheet;
(II) kiss cutting through the substrate sheet and the skin-friendly adhesive down to the first release liner to define a skin-friendly adhesive patch;
(III) unwinding a flexible support membrane from a support membrane storage roll, wherein the flexible support membrane includes a flexible support sheet with a skin adhesive layer applied to a first face of the flexible support sheet and a second release liner, wherein the second release liner is carried by the skin adhesive layer with the skin adhesive layer being sandwiched between the second release liner and the flexible support sheet;
(IV) kiss cutting through the flexible support sheet and the skin adhesive layer to the second release liner to define an opening extending through the flexible support sheet and the skin adhesive layer;
(V) removing the second release liner to expose the skin adhesive layer;
(VI) laminating the substrate sheet to the flexible support sheet with the skin adhesive layer of the flexible support membrane;
(VII) unwinding a tie layer membrane from a tie layer membrane storage roll, wherein the tie layer membrane includes a tie layer carrying a third release liner;
(VIII) kiss cutting through the tie layer to the third release liner to define a tie layer patch;
(IX) laminating the tie layer patch to the flexible support sheet;
(X) cutting at least one probe opening through the tie layer membrane in alignment with the opening defined during step (IV);
(XI) removing the third release liner to expose the tie layer patch, wherein the tie layer is laminated to the flexible support sheet;
(XII) mounting a sensor device with respect to the flexible support membrane with a sensor probe in alignment with corresponding openings defined during steps (IV) and (X);
(XIII) unwinding a flexible cover membrane from a flexible cover membrane storage roll;
(XIV) forming a pocket within the flexible cover membrane;
(XV) cutting the flexible cover membrane to define a flexible cover patch including the pocket;
(XVI) laminating the flexible cover patch to the tie layer patch with the sensor device being at least partially received in the pocket; and
(XVII) cutting a portion of the flexible support sheet and the skin adhesive layer to provide a wireless sensor patch.

US Pat. No. 10,244,985

WEARABLE DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE

Saleem Sayani, King of P...

1. A system comprising:one or more sensors configured to detect one or more characteristics of a user;
one or more analog-to digital converters coupled to the one or more sensors and configured to digitize one or more analog signals; and
one or more computer devices and one or more storage devices storing instructions which when executed by the one or more computer devices, cause the one or more computer devices to perform operations comprising:
receiving data indicative of a request to perform a non-invasive diagnostic test to detect a medical state of the user;
obtaining information associated with the user to create a user profile;
controlling one or more infrared laser sensors of the one or more sensors to respectively emit one or more infrared signals towards a body part of the user;
receiving, through the one or more infrared laser sensors, one or more infrared signals reflected from the body part of the user;
determining an absorption pattern based on the received one or more infrared signals;
digitizing, using the one or more analog-to digital converters, the absorption pattern;
selecting, from among a plurality of data sets stored on the one or more storage devices, a particular data set corresponding to the digitized absorption pattern;
communicating, over one or more computer networks with one or more databases, to obtain a predictive value for the non-invasive diagnostic test, the predictive value corresponding to a likely result of the requested non-invasive diagnostic test for a demographic group to which the user belongs, an indication of the demographic group being provided by the user profile;
determining a result of the non-invasive diagnostic test for the user based on the (i) predictive value corresponding to the likely result of the non-invasive diagnostic test for the demographic group to which the user belongs, and (ii) the selected particular data set; and
outputting, through a display or a speaker, the result for the non-invasive diagnostic test.

US Pat. No. 10,244,984

WEARABLE ATHLETIC ACTIVITY MONITORING SYSTEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of monitoring an individual engaged in an athletic activity, the method comprising:detecting movement of the individual at a first time using a sensor module inseparably coupled to a textile material of a garment configured to be worn by the individual engaged in the athletic activity;
determining that the movement of the individual corresponds to a predetermined activation movement;
the sensor module entering an active state in response to the determination that the movement of the individual corresponds to the predetermined activation movement; and
detecting movement of the individual at a second time while the sensor module is in the active state.

US Pat. No. 10,244,983

MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A mobile terminal, comprising:a terminal body;
a wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with an external device that includes a first electrode unit positionable to permit contact with a part of a user's body;
a second electrode unit arranged in the terminal body to permit contact with another part of the user's body to form a closed loop with the first electrode unit; and
a controller configured to:
obtain a body fat measurement using a voltage formed by a current flowing between the first electrode unit and the second electrode unit when the first electrode is in contact with the part of the user's body and the second electrode unit is in contact with the another part of the user's body, and
control the second electrode unit to output the current to form an impedance when a specific function is executed, wherein the specific function is execution of a specific application for outputting a result of the body fat measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,244,982

DETECTION OF HARD AND SOFT TISSUE MASS/DENSITY

Achaemenid, LLC, Stratfo...

1. An apparatus for measuring hard and/or soft tissue abnormalities incidental to dental and/or systemic disease, comprising:a stent selected to overlay a patient's hard and/or soft tissue, wherein the stent comprises a plurality of detection ports positioned along the stent, the plurality of ports being selected for positioning adjacent differing density found in the hard and/or soft tissue of the patient; and
a diagnostic device configured for transmitting and receiving non-ionizing electromagnetic waves to measure the patient's hard and/or soft tissue abnormalities associated with the underlying hard and/or soft tissue adjacent the plurality of detection ports, wherein
the diagnostic device comprises wires connected to at least a portion of the plurality of ports at a first end and the wires being connected to a computer at a second end, the wires being configured for transmitting the electromagnetic waves and receiving data associated therewith, and the computer configured for calculating, from the received data, the bone density and/or bone vascular perfusion adjacent and across each of the plurality of ports,
the computer is configured to produce three-dimensional images for mapping surgical procedures, and
at least a pair of the plurality of detection ports comprising a buccal-side detection port and a lingual-side detection port, the lingual-side detection port being positioned opposite the buccal-side detection port, the pairs of detection ports being positioned along an edge of the stent.

US Pat. No. 10,244,981

SKIN TEST IMAGE ANALYSIS APPARATUSES AND METHODS THEREOF

SENSIVIDA MEDICAL TECHNOL...

1. An apparatus for skin testing comprising:a housing with an opening configured to define a field of view of a skin testing region during use;
a test cartridge configured to be removably inserted into the housing, the test cartridge comprising a plurality of microneedles, wherein each of the plurality of microneedles is spaced one millimeter to fifteen millimeters apart from at least one other microneedle in the plurality of microneedles to generate a corresponding plurality of allergy test sample sites spaced one millimeter to fifteen millimeters apart in the field of view of the skin testing region, wherein the housing has an actuator apparatus integrated within the housing to manage actuation of the test cartridge within the opening of the housing when the test cartridge is removably inserted into the housing;
an image sensing apparatus positioned with respect to the housing to capture one or more images in the field of view provided by the opening in the housing;
an illumination apparatus positioned with respect to the housing to direct light towards at least a portion of the field of view provided by the opening in the housing;
a binding apparatus having one or more straps configured to detachably secure the housing to a body area having a circumference with the opening over the skin testing region and a band extending from the one or more straps and around the housing and the image sensing apparatus configured to apply pressure around the circumference of the body area and to a skin surface proximate the skin testing region to constrain movement of the opening over the skin testing region and to maintain a substantially fixed optical distance and spatial registration between the image sensing apparatus and the skin testing region; and
an image processing controller configured to execute one or more programmed instructions comprising:
obtaining, from the image sensing apparatus, a baseline image of the skin testing region prior to an assessment image of the skin testing region including the two or more allergy test sample sites of the corresponding plurality of allergy test sample sites generated by the plurality of microneedles of the test cartridge;
generating a difference image between the baseline image and the assessment image; and
analyzing the two or more allergy test sample sites of the corresponding plurality of allergy test sample sites generated by the plurality of microneedles of the test cartridge based on the difference image to provide a skin test result for each of the two or more allergy test sample sites based on the analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,244,980

LARGE INTESTINE CONTENTS' DIAGNOSIS AND ACOUSTIC CHARACTERIZATION

HYGIEACARE, INC, Austin,...

1. A method comprising:introducing water controllably into a large intestine of a patient,
sensing, by at least one acoustic sensor, acoustic signals at an abdomen of the patient, and
deriving, from the sensed acoustic signals and by a data processing unit, large intestine diagnostic characteristics relating to the patient's large intestine by analyzing the sensed acoustic signals associated with the water introduction
wherein the derived large intestine diagnostic characteristics provide gastrointestinal diagnosis of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,244,979

METHOD OF EARLY DETECTION OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Vium, Inc., San Mateo, C...

1. A method of early detection of multiple sclerosis (MS) in an animal in a vivarium comprising the steps of:(a) placing one or more study animals in one cage in a vivarium;
(b) electronically observing one or animal activities in real-time of the one or more study animals using a combination of electronic cameras, hardware, infrared (IR) lighting of the study animals, and electronic hardware including computation and communication hardware;
(c) selecting a single “activity-drop metric” with an associated scalar “activity-drop value,” responsive to the electronically observed one or more animal activities in step (b);
(d) selecting an “MS health detection function” whose input comprises an “animal health dataset” and whose output comprises a likelihood scalar representing the likelihood that at least one of the study animals has MS;
(e) collecting a nightly activity scalar of the at least one of the study animals repeatedly and continually for a night and placing the nightly activity scalar into a set of “nightly activity data”;
(f) identifying automatically three consecutive time regions in the nightly activity data: a “high-activity region,” an “activity-drop region,” and a “low-activity region”;
(g) applying the activity-drop metric to the three consecutive regions, generating a nightly activity-drop value for the at least one of the study animals;
(h) adding the nightly activity-drop value into the animal health dataset, wherein the animal health dataset comprises the resulting nightly activity-drop values;
(i) applying the MS health detection function to the animal health dataset, generating a likelihood scalar for each iteration;
(j) iterating steps (e) through (i) for sequential nights until a terminating condition is reached;
wherein the early detection of MS comprises the likelihood scalars from step (i), of the at least one of the study animals;
(k) terminating the study when the terminating condition is reached.

US Pat. No. 10,244,978

METHOD FOR ASSESSMENT OF CEREBROVASCULAR REGULATION

Brain Check Medical, LLC,...

1. A system for detecting and diagnosing potential dysfunction of cerebral autoregulation (CAR) comprising:a headset, the headset containing:
an oximetry sensor, the oximetry sensor configured to detect and measure cerebral oxygen concentration and provide cerebral oxygen concentration measurements over a period of time in the form of cerebral oxygen concentration signals; and
a pressure sensor, the pressure sensor configured to detect and measure arterial blood pressure and provide arterial blood pressure measurements over the period of time in the form of arterial blood pressure signals,
the headset is configured such that when placed on a patient's head the oximetry sensor is positioned over the patient's forehead and the pressure sensor is positioned over a region of the patient's head corresponding to the location of the patient's superficial temporal artery;
the headset in communication with:
a signal processor, the signal processor configured to receive cerebral oxygen concentration signals and arterial blood pressure signals and generate a cross-correlation result representative of lead time between the cerebral oxygen concentration signals and the arterial blood pressure signals; to identify and define a cerebral oxygen concentration waveform based on the cerebral oxygen concentration signals and an arterial blood pressure waveform based on the arterial blood pressure signals, wherein each waveform comprises a beginning minimum value, a rising segment, a maximum value and a decreasing segment, the rising segment being an episode of interest; and to determine a dysfunction of CAR when the cross-correlation result indicates a similarity of pattern between episodes of interest in the waveforms; and
a display, the display configured to display the cerebral oxygen concentration waveform and the arterial blood pressure waveform, the display also configured to display the cross-correlation result and the dysfunction of CAR.

US Pat. No. 10,244,977

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EARLY DETECTION OF MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

University of Maine Syste...

1. A device for detecting brain injury by measuring sleep movement parameters comprising:a plurality of sensors, each operative at a sampling rate of at least 10 Hz to generate a plurality of temporally-associated data signals relating to sleep movements of a subject, said sensors arranged to provide both integrated and spatially segregated movement estimation for said subject, at least some of said sensors having a sensitivity capable of detecting load variances as small as 1 g;
a signal conditioning module including a conditioning circuit in communication with said plurality of sensors, said signal conditioning module operative to condition said data signals;
a processor in communication with said signal conditioning module, said processor operative to analyze said conditioned data, said processor having a module programmed for parsing the data into a plurality of bins of defined temporal duration, at least some of which bins are 60 seconds or less in duration, and for comparing the average values of each bin to differentiate among (a) bouts of quiescence, (b) bouts of macro-structural movements indicative of sleep or wake cycles, or sleep fragmentation; and (c) bouts of micro-structural movements, the micro-structural movements being useful to detect brain injury; and
a non-inverting resistor-ladder amplifier as an interface between each of the plurality of sensors and the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,244,976

DEVICE FOR MEASURING MUSCLE SIGNALS

FIBRUX OY, Vimpeli (FI)

1. A system for guiding a user in an exercise, the system comprising at least one processor, memory including computer program code, and at least one sensor configured to detect a signal from a muscle of the user, the memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the system to perform at least the following:measure the signal from the muscle provided by the sensor to obtain a muscle activation signal during at least one contraction of said muscle;
convert said muscle activation signal from the time domain to the frequency domain to obtain a muscle activation spectrum;
determine a first band and a second band from the muscle activation spectrum measured during a maximum voluntary contraction of the muscle;
determine first reference power values for said first band and said second band from the muscle activation spectrum that is measured during the maximum voluntary contraction;
use said first reference power values in determining a ratio of signal characteristics from said first band and said second band of said muscle activation spectrum;
determine a muscle state indicator from said muscle activation spectrum by using said ratio of signal characteristics from the first band and the second band of said muscle activation spectrum; and
guide the exercise using the determined muscle state indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,244,975

MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT METHOD AND KIOSK-BASED SYSTEM FOR IMPLEMENTATION

MOREHOUSE SCHOOL OF MEDIC...

1. A method for generating a medical alert in response to an assessment of a mental state of a human subject, the method comprising:retrieving a medical history of the subject from a medical histories database and accepting at least one attribute from the medical history for determination of the mental state of the subject, wherein the at least one attribute is obtained by inquiries to the subject and by measurements preformed on the subject,
presenting one or more questions to the subject about the at least one attribute from the medical history of the subject, wherein the subject is prompted with at least one question on a display of a graphic user interface of a system for assessment of the mental state of the subject, the system comprising the display, an input device, a processor, a computer-readable memory, the medical histories database, an alert database comprising a plurality of alert events, and a matrix for calculating an assessment score corresponding to the mental state of the subject;
using at least one sensor to perform one or more measurements on the subject comprising at least one of: brain activity, cardiac activity, vascular activity, peripheral neural signals, hemodynamic activity, or metabolic activity,
receiving a long form answer to the one or more questions presented to the subject and data acquired by measurements on the subject about the at least one attribute from the medical history of the subject for the determination of the mental state of the subject,
recording the long form answer to the one or more questions in the input device of the system, storing at least one response in the memory and determining whether certain pre-specified words or phrases of concern are contained in the long form answer;
programming the processor to:
calculate the assessment score corresponding to the mental state of the subject based on the long form answer and storing the assessment score in the memory, wherein the processor utilizes the matrix to calculate the assessment score based on the long form answer;
compare the one or more measurements on the subject with corresponding one or more predetermined thresholds;
determine by at least one health professional, based on the calculated assessment score and the comparison with the one or more predetermined thresholds, the mental state of the subject; and
incorporating the mental state of the subject into an electronic health record associated with the subject that is present in the medical histories database,
wherein the assessment score and the comparison with the one or more predetermined thresholds trigger the system to present an automatic alert for review by the at least one health professional if the assessment score matches an alert event in the alert database and the one or more measurements on the subject exceed corresponding one or more predetermined thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,244,974

SINGLE-USE COMPRESSION LANCING DEVICE

FACET TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, ...

1. A single-use compression lancing device comprising:a lower housing extending from a first lower housing end to a second lower housing end, the first lower housing end comprising an opening into a lower housing cavity therein, the lower housing cavity comprising an internal surface and a first locking feature, the internal surface having at least one interengagement feature formed therein,
an upper housing extending from a first upper housing end to a second upper housing end, the first upper housing end comprising a lancet opening and the second upper housing end comprising a second opening into an upper housing cavity therein, the lancet opening and the second opening being in communication with the upper housing cavity, wherein at least a portion of the upper housing cavity defines an internal surface having an angled wall generally near the lancet opening; and
a lancet comprising a main body portion extending from a first lancet end to a second lancet end, the first lancet end comprising a needle extending therefrom and the second lancet end comprising a second locking feature for interengagement with the first lock feature, and wherein at least a portion of the main body portion comprises at least one flexible arm extending therefrom for sliding interengagement with the angled wall of the upper housing
wherein the upper housing further comprises side surfaces generally near the second upper housing end thereof, and wherein at least one of the side surfaces comprises a cantilevered finger including a chamfered surface and an overhang.

US Pat. No. 10,244,973

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR BODILY FLUID SAMPLE TRANSPORT

Theranos IP Company, LLC,...

1. A method comprising:collecting a bodily fluid sample on a surface of a subject, wherein the collected sample is stored in one or more sample vessels each having an information storage unit on a bottom surface of each of the sample vessels;
providing a transport container to house at least two or more sample vessels, wherein the vessels are arranged in a two-dimensional array configuration in the transport container and wherein the transport container further comprises a tray sized to fit inside the transport container and hold the sample vessels therein in the two-dimensional array configuration;
arranging to have the sample vessels shipped in the transport container from a first location to a second location,
wherein each of the sample vessels arrives at the second location holding a majority of its bodily fluid sample in a non-wicked, non-matrixed form that is removable from the sample vessels in liquid form and wherein the amount of sample in each of the sample vessels does not exceed about 2 ml;
removing the tray from the transport container; and
scanning information storage units on substantially all of the sample vessels, wherein the scanning occurs while the sample vessels remain in the tray in the two-dimensional array configuration at the second location;
wherein the sample vessels held in slots in the tray, wherein said slots have open bottoms that allow said information storage units to be scanned from below after the tray is removed from the transport container.

US Pat. No. 10,244,972

FLUORESCENCE OBSERVATION DEVICE, ENDOSCOPIC SYSTEM, PROCESSOR DEVICE, AND OPERATION METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A fluorescence observation device, comprising:a signal light source that irradiates a subject with signal light having a wavelength band where an absorption coefficient changes with an oxygen saturation of blood hemoglobin;
an excitation light source that irradiates the subject with excitation light for emitting fluorescence by exciting a fluorescent material contained in the subject;
an image sensor that images the subject with the signal light and outputs a first image signal and that images the subject with the fluorescence and outputs a second image signal; and
a processor unit that
calculates an oxygen saturation of the subject for each pixel based on the first image signal,
sets a reference region of the subject based on the oxygen saturation,
sets a region of interest of the subject,
calculates a normalized fluorescence intensity indicating a normalized emission intensity of the fluorescence by dividing a region-of-interest fluorescence intensity, which is calculated using a pixel value of the region of interest of the subject in the second image signal, by a reference fluorescence intensity calculated using a pixel value of the reference region of the subject in the second image signal, and
generates a fluorescent image of the region of interest which is pseudo colored based on the normalized fluorescence intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,244,971

MOUTHGUARD FOR ANALYSIS OF BIOMARKERS FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

7. A system for monitoring a user for traumatic brain injuries comprising:a lab on chip configured to receive a saliva specimen from a mouthguard and to analyze the saliva specimen to identify one or more biomarkers;
a processor configured to communicate with the lab on chip, wherein the processor creates an alert that the user of the mouthguard may have suffered a traumatic brain injury,
wherein the processor instructs the lab on chip to obtain the saliva specimen from the mouthguard in response to a determination that the user has experienced an acceleration above a threshold amount, wherein the saliva specimen is obtained after a delay period from the acceleration above the threshold amount, wherein the delay is determined based on a severity of the acceleration above the threshold amount experienced by the user, and
wherein the alert includes an indication of the one or more biomarkers, a concentration of the one or more biomarkers and an identification of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,244,970

TEST METHOD AND TEST DEVICE FOR ANALYSING A BODY FLUID

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

1. A method of detecting reagent layer failure on a test tape having a plurality of test fields, the method comprising the steps of:providing an unused test field of the test tape to initiate a test, wherein the test tape is in a test device having a measuring unit comprising at least one radiation source to generate at least one wavelength of light and a photodiode for reflection-photometric signal detection of the at least one wavelength of light;
photometrically scanning the unused test field with the measuring unit and detecting relative remission measurement signals of the at least one wavelength of light generated by the at least one radiation source over a duration of a waiting time prior to applying a body fluid sample to the unused test field;
calculating a control value based upon a blank measurement signal difference between relative remissions detected at a beginning and at an end of the waiting time; and
detecting a reagent layer failure and discarding the test if the control value is above zero and below a preset threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,244,969

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR FINGERPRINT AUTHENTICATION

SUPREMA INC., Seongnam-s...

1. A fingerprint authentication method performed by a fingerprint authentication device, the fingerprint authentication method comprising:acquiring partial fingerprint measurement data measured for authentication, which corresponds to a part of a fingerprint;
calculating a matching rate by comparing the partial fingerprint measurement data with reference comparison data selected among a plurality of partial fingerprint registration data stored in advance, each of the plurality of partial fingerprint registration data corresponding to a part of a fingerprint;
first determining whether the matching rate is equal to or greater than a predetermined authentication threshold; and
second determining, based on a result in said first determining, a success of the authentication to complete the authentication, or repeating said calculating and said first determining by selecting new reference comparison data among the partial fingerprint registration data that have not been selected as the reference comparison data based on whether or not the matching rate is equal to or greater than a preset threshold, which is smaller than the predetermined authentication threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,244,968

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRACKING A PERSON IN A MEDICAL ROOM

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. Method for tracking the position of a person in an environment relative to a medical device, comprising:providing a medical device in the environment;
providing at least one stationary device in the environment, wherein the stationary resides in a fixed position in the environment;
providing a first mobile device associates with a caregiver in the environment, and a second mobile device associated with a patient in the environment, the first and second mobile devices configured to follow any movement of the caregiver and patient in the environment;
identifying the position of the medical device in the environment;
identifying the position of the first and the second mobile devices in the environment using the at least one stationary device; and
using a processor to process data relating to the position of the first and the second mobile devices in the environment to obtain an expected position of the caregiver and the patient in the environment, data relating to the position of the medical device in the environment, and data relating to the expected position of the caregiver and the patient in the environment to obtain an expected relative position of the caregiver and the patient respectively relative to the medical device.

US Pat. No. 10,244,967

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING DIFFERENCES IN GEOMETRY OF SUBJECT ELEMENT USING LANDMARKS

Brainlab AG, Munich (DE)...

1. A method for analysing images, performed by a computer, through analysis of medical image data, comprising the steps of:obtaining medical image data from a medical imaging device, the medical imaging device generating at least a CT or MR medical image data during a scan of a patient's femur connected to a patient's pelvis;
measuring, by the computer, a first landmark vector between a femoral landmark and a second landmark at a first point in time from the medical image data;
measuring, by the computer, a second landmark vector between the femoral landmark and the second landmark at a second point in time which is later than the first point in time from the medical image data;
calculating, by the computer, an orthogonal projection of the first landmark vector into a sagittal plane and using the direction of the orthogonal projection of the first landmark vector into the sagittal plane as an element length direction;
calculating, by the computer, a direction which is perpendicular to the sagittal plane and using the calculated direction perpendicular to the sagittal plane as an element offset direction;
calculating, by the computer, the element length difference in the element length direction and the element offset difference in the element offset direction from the first landmark vector and the second landmark vector;
preparing, by the computer, for presentation and output on a display unit of a medical navigation system the calculated element length difference and using the calculated element length difference in the medical navigation system.

US Pat. No. 10,244,966

BLOOD VESSEL SIZING DEVICE

SIZER LLLC, St. Charles,...

1. A blood vessel sizing device, comprising:a planar base structure having a front surface and a back surface, wherein the base structure is:
configured to remain substantially rigid and planar when placed on a user's skin to capture a target area of a patient having a vessel; and
substantially transparent to light having a wavelength in the visible spectrum;
a plurality of radiopaque, concentric-circle elements positioned on the base structure;
a plurality of radiopaque and machine-readable symbols positioned on the front surface of the base structure, wherein each symbol of the plurality of symbols represents a dimensional property of at least one of the concentric-circle elements, wherein the concentric-circle elements are configured to be detected by radiological imaging equipment to enable a determination of a size of the vessel without errors of parallax; and
an adhesive layer on the back surface of the planar base structure, configured to adhere the device to an area of skin of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,244,965

CAPNOGRAPHY DEVICE WITH CONSTANT REMOTE SURVEILLANCE AND NOTIFICATION CAPABILITIES COUPLED WITH AUTOMATED DRUG DELIVERY INSTRUMENTS

1. A capnography monitoring, notification, analysis, and drug delivery system for an individual person comprisinga) a capnography device having an exhalation capture passage; an infrared source providing an infrared beam through said passage; an infrared sensor aligned opposite said infrared source to detect voltage variations associated with carbon dioxide concentrations, inspiration length, and expiration length within said individual's captured respiratory status; a microcomputer (MCU) programmed with a capnograph waveform generating algorithm; at least one radio frequency identification (RFID) tag; an optional data storage component other than said microcomputer; and a communication component including a WIFI antenna, a Bluetooth antenna, and, optionally, a cellular communicator;
b) an external connectivity base comprising an inductive coupling component associated with said capnography device, a receiver component for reception of communicated information from said capnography device, a computer processor, and an information transfer component, wherein said external connectivity base computer processor is programmed with the same waveform generating algorithm as the capnography device;
c) a data center comprising a rules engine, and a data center computer processor, wherein said data center computer processor is programmed with the same waveform generating algorithm as the capnography device; and
d) at least one drug delivery device having an operating system programmed with the same waveform generating algorithm as the capnography device, wherein said at least one drug delivery device is automated, and wherein said drug delivery device operating system is further programmed with capnography waveform parameters associated with a drug for treatment of a subject patient therewith in relation to utilization of said capnography device;
wherein said algorithm programmed within said capnography device, said external connectivity base, said data center, and said drug delivery device operating system compiles infrared sensor measurements from said infrared sensor to generate a capnograph waveform associated therewith,
wherein said capnography device MCU further includes pre-set parameters associated with certain maximum and minimum carbon dioxide measurement concentrations, inspiration length measurement durations, and expiration length measurement durations as captured by said infrared sensor and compiled by said algorithm in a waveform,
wherein, if at any time during utilization by said individual, said parameters are exceeded in terms of said maximum or below said minimum carbon dioxide concentrations for a pre-set continuous amount of time, then said capnography device MCU generates an alarm code associated specifically with said waveform measurements for communication and immediate notification to pre-selected parties as to a condition of said individual in relation to said exhalation carbon dioxide concentration measurements,
wherein, upon such a notification action, said capnography device continues to capture carbon dioxide exhalation concentration measurements as raw data with transfer of said raw data from said capnography device MCU to at least one communication component of said at least one RFID tag, Bluetooth antenna, WIFI antenna, and/or cellular communicator for continuous transfer to at least said drug delivery device operating system and said external connectivity base, and, alternatively, also to said data center, and said capnography device MCU further generates said alarm code within said capnograph waveform generating algorithm therein as an indicator of a situation pertaining to said alarm generation,
wherein said continuous transfer to said drug delivery device operating system and said external connectivity base and/or said data center is undertaken for transfer of the alarm situation whether in terms of patient/individual respiratory status or capnography device status via compilation of said continuously transferred raw data within said capnograph generating algorithm and verification and processing thereof;
wherein said drug delivery device operating system is further programmed to provide delivery operation modification of said drug in response to said alarm code generation at said capnography device upon transfer, receipt, verification, and processing of said raw data from said capnography device MCU and generation of said waveform by said drug delivery device operating system capnography waveform generating algorithm such that any resultant waveform levels outside said parameters associated with said drug for said subject patient causes a drug delivery operation modification in response thereto,
wherein said drug delivery operation modification is selected from the activities of activating said device, deactivating said device, increasing flow of drug delivery by said device, decreasing flow of drug delivery by said device, increasing concentrations of drug within flow delivery by said device, decreasing concentrations of drug within flow delivery by said device, and any combination or combinations thereof;
wherein said capnography waveform generating algorithm located within all of said capnography device, said external connectivity base, said data center, and said drug delivery device operating system are configured to receive the same raw data from said capnography device and thus generate, as needed, the same capnography waveforms at all such locations, allowing for complete comparisons to assure said raw data and said capnography waveforms are proper; wherein said capnography device further receives power from and transfers information directly to said external connectivity base through said inductive coupling component upon placement of said capnography device within a certain proximity thereto of said external connectivity base; and
wherein said inductive coupling is further configured to provide raw data transfer and alarm code notification to said external connectivity base upon discovery of defect within said capnography device for possible remedy thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,244,964

DETECTION OF ACETONE VIA NANOSTRUCTURE SENSORS

1. A method of detecting at least one analyte selected from the group of acetone and ethanol in an environment, comprising:providing a structure comprising nanostructures in contact with titanium dioxide positioned between two conductive electrodes;
applying electromagnetic radiation to the structure for a period of time;
measuring at least one response comprising a change in conductivity or resistivity of the structure via the two conductive electrodes upon exposure to the environment subsequent to applying electromagnetic radiation to the structure for the period of time; and
determining the presence of the at least one analyte selected from the group of acetone and ethanol in the environment from the measured response.

US Pat. No. 10,244,963

ASCERTAINING A POSITION AND ORIENTATION FOR VISUALIZING A TOOL

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...

1. A method, comprising:providing an electrical interface;
providing a processor; and
while a catheter that includes (i) a catheter body, and (ii) a catheter shaft, which includes a sensor and which is disposed inside a lumen of the catheter body, is inside a body of a subject, ascertaining a position and an orientation of a distal end of the catheter body with respect to the sensor, based on (a) a calibration image, acquired by an imaging system, that shows an indication of the distal end of the catheter body, and (b) a signal from the sensor, but not based on any indication of the sensor shown in the calibration image; and
using the position and orientation of the distal end of the catheter body with respect to the sensor, generating a visual output,
wherein generating the visual output comprises displaying a map of a portion of the body of the subject,
wherein the map includes an electroanatomical map of at least a portion of a heart of the subject,
wherein the calibration image is an MRI image,
wherein the indication of the distal end of the catheter body includes a void in the MRI image that corresponds to the distal end of the catheter body,
wherein ascertaining the position and orientation of the distal end of the catheter body with respect to the sensor comprises:
ascertaining a position and an orientation of the distal end of the catheter body with respect to a coordinate system of the imaging system, by identifying the indication of the distal end of the catheter body in the calibration image,
based on the signal from the sensor, ascertaining a position and an orientation of the sensor with respect to the coordinate system of the sensor, and
based on (i) the position and orientation of the distal end of the catheter body with respect to the coordinate system of the imaging system, (ii) the position and orientation of the sensor with respect to the coordinate system of the sensor, and (iii) a prior registration between the coordinate system of the sensor and the coordinate system of the imaging system, ascertaining the position and orientation of the distal end of the catheter body with respect to the sensor,
further comprising performing the following steps,
receiving and analyzing a plurality of ECG signals, and wherein the processor ascertains the position and orientation of the sensor at the time that the ECG signals were recorded, based on the sensor signal,
using DE_S, wherein DE_S denotes position and orientation of the distal end of the catheter body with respect to the sensor obtained during calibration, to ascertain DE_CS, wherein DE_CS denotes position and orientation of the distal end of the catheter body with respect to the coordinate system of the sensor, from S_CS, wherein S_CS denotes position and orientation of the sensor with respect to the coordinate system of the sensor,
updating the electroanatomical map, wherein the processor derives a plurality of local activation times from the ECG signals, and updates the electroanatomical map to reflect the local activation times, wherein, in performing the updating, the processor uses DE_CS to derive positions of the electrodes on tissue inside the body of the subject, wherein in updating the map, the processor places a visual representation of the distal end of the catheter body on the electroanatomical map, at the position and orientation indicated by DE_CS, and
displaying the electroanatomical map in registration with the calibration image using CS_CIS, wherein CS_CIS denotes registration between the coordinate system of the imaging system.

US Pat. No. 10,244,962

MULTI-PHASE FLOW DECOMPOSITION USING ELECTRICAL CAPACITANCE VOLUME TOMOGRAPHY SENSORS

Tech4Imaging LLC, Columb...

1. A system for generating a three-dimensional tomograph of a vessel interior or other object and for multi-phase flow decomposition, the system comprising:a three-dimensional capacitance sensor device comprising a plurality of electrodes for placement around the vessel or the object, wherein the three-dimensional capacitance sensor device is adapted to provide electric field distribution and sensor sensitivity in three geometric dimensions;
data acquisition electronics in communication with the three-dimensional capacitance sensor device for receiving input data from the three-dimensional capacitance sensor device, the data acquisition electronics adapted to output electric phase shift information at different frequencies;
a processing system in communication with the data acquisition electronics, the processing system programmed with instructions for executing on the processing system to: 1) determine a plurality of frequency markers for the multi-phase flow; 2) measure electric phase shift in degrees or radians between an input signal to the sensor device and the current produced at an output of the sensor device at all of the plurality of frequency markers; 3) reconstruct a three-dimensional volume-image from the electric phase shift measured at all of the plurality of frequency markers.

US Pat. No. 10,244,961

WEARABLE DEVICE FOR MEASURING EDEMA INDEX AND METHOD OF MEASURING EDEMA INDEX USING SAME

Industry-Academic Coopera...

1. A wearable device for measuring an edema index comprising:a band, wearable on a wrist;
an electrode module including a pair of current electrodes and a pair of voltage electrodes; and
a main module including an alternating current (AC) source connected to the pair of current electrodes for applying an alternating current (AC) to the pair of current electrodes, and a computing module configured to obtain an edema index of a human body from an AC voltage measured through the pair of voltage electrodes,
wherein each of the pair of current electrodes and the pair of voltage electrodes is attached to a first surface of the band in a row in a length direction of the band, and protrudes from the first surface of the band to be in direct contact with the skin of the wrist when the band is worn on the wrist, and
wherein the edema index is calculated by the computing module using the following formula:
wherein EI is defined as an edema index, ECW is defined as an vitro cell water content, TBW is defined as a total human body water content, ht is defined as the height of a user, Rf is defined as the resistance of biometric impedance obtained from the applied AC and the measured AC voltage in fKHz frequency Xcf is defined as the capacitive reactance of the biometric impedance obtained from the applied AC and the measured AC voltage in the fKHz frequency, wt is defined as the weight of the user, and sex is defined as the gender of the user with values 1 and 2 denoting male and female respectivey.

US Pat. No. 10,244,960

BASKET STYLE CARDIAC MAPPING CATHETER HAVING SPLINE BENDS FOR DETECTION OF CARDIAC RHYTHM DISORDERS

Topera, Inc., Menlo Park...

1. A system for sensing multiple local electric voltages from an endocardial surface of a heart, comprising:a first elongate tubular member having a lumen, a proximal end and a distal end;
a basket assembly comprising:
a plurality of flexible splines guiding a plurality of flexible polymeric strips, the plurality of flexible polymeric strips each having a plurality of electrodes, the splines having proximal portions, distal portions and medial portions therein between;
a proximal anchor for securably affixing the proximal portions of the splines;
said proximal anchor being secured at the distal end of the first elongate tubular member;
a distal tip for securably affixing the distal portions of the splines, said proximal anchor and said distal tip defining a longitudinal axis therein between about which the splines are disposed;
wherein the basket assembly exhibits a substantially cylindrical shape when radially compressed and exhibits a radially expanded non-spherical shape when not radially compressed;
wherein at least some of the splines in the radially expanded non-spherical shape contain a distal excurvate outward bend disposed at the distal portion of the spline at a location near to the distal tip of the basket assembly to bend the splines back towards the proximal anchor;
wherein at least some of the splines in the radially expanded non-spherical shape contain a distal incurvate inward bend between said distal tip and said distal excurvate outward bends;
wherein, when the basket assembly is in said radially expanded non-spherical shape, the splines extend beyond the distal tip; and, when the basket assembly is in said radially expanded non-spherical shape, apices of the distal excurvate bends are disposed beyond the distal tip; and
wherein proximal portions of the flexible polymeric strips are disposed within the proximal anchor;
wherein the flexible polymeric strips comprise:
a polymeric substrate having an upper surface and an opposed lower surface with the plurality of electrodes disposed over a portion of the upper surface of the polymeric substrate;
a plurality of electrical traces disposed over a portion of the lower surface of the polymeric substrate in electrical communication with the plurality of electrodes by way of metal plated holes through the polymeric substrate;
a first polymeric covering disposed over the plurality of electrical traces and portions of the lower surface of the polymeric substrate not having the plurality of electrical traces thereon;
wherein the flexible polymeric strips are compressingly and thermally bonded to outer surfaces of second polymeric substrates to define flexible electrode assembly strips with substantially smooth and atraumatic overall outer surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,244,959

VITAL INFORMATION MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND VEHICLE SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A vital information measurement device comprising:a sheet-shaped sensor that is configured to detect a vital signal of a subject that is a human or an animal,wherein:the vital information measurement device is configured to measure vital information of the subject based on the vital signal detected by the sheet-shaped sensor,
the sheet-shaped sensor at least comprises a conductive line that forms a sensor body, and a conductive sheet fixing the conductive line,
the conductive line is disposed along an outer peripheral portion of the conductive sheet,
a sensor overlap reduction section configured to reduce partial overlapping of the sheet-shaped sensor when the subject directly or indirectly contacts the sheet-shaped sensor is provided in the sheet-shaped sensor, and
at least one or more cutouts are, as the sensor overlap reduction section, formed in the outer peripheral portion of the conductive sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,244,958

DEVICE FOR MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION OF CARDIAC FUNCTION ON THE BASIS OF THORACIC IMPEDANCE

MEDICAL CORPORATION USHIR...

1. A cardiac function measurement and evaluation that is a device for measuring and evaluating cardiac function in a subject, the device comprising:a thoracic impedance measuring unit;
an electrocardiogram measuring unit;
an arithmetic unit;
a storage unit; and
a display unit,
wherein
the thoracic impedance measuring unit includes drive electrodes for applying an electrical current, and receive electrodes for extracting an impedance signal, and measures a plurality of continuous sets of thoracic impedances,
the electrocardiogram measuring unit includes a signal detection module that detects electrocardiogram signals from electrodes applied to the subject, and measures a plurality of continuous sets of electrocardiogram signals,
the arithmetic unit calculates (dZ/dt)min values of the plurality of continuous sets of thoracic impedances measured by the thoracic impedance measuring unit, and preceding RR intervals (RR1), pre-preceding RR intervals (RR2), and RR1/RR2 values of continuous sets of electrocardiogram data from R waves of the electrocardiogram signal obtained by the electrocardiogram measuring unit,
the storage unit stores, as a data set: a (dZ/dt)min value of each of the sets of thoracic impedance data corresponding to an RR1 value, RR2 value, and RR1/RR2 value of each of the calculated plurality of continuous sets of electrocardiogram data,
the display unit displays each of the (dZ/dt)min values corresponding to at least one of the RR1 value, RR2 value, and RR1/RR2 value,
(dZ/dt)min values where RR1/RR2?1 are extracted as first (dZ/dt)min values which correspond to values reflecting Frank-Starling mechanism and mechanical restitution in which postextrasystolic potentiation is not involved,
(dZ/dt)min values where RR1/RR2>1 are extracted as second (dZ/dt)min values which correspond to values reflecting postextrasystolic potentiation, Frank-Starling mechanism, and mechanical restitution in which postextrasystolic potentiation is involved, and
the respective (dZ/dt)min values of the thoracic impedance data extracted as the first and second (dz/dt)min values are distinguishably plotted as a scatter plot on the display unit, wherein respective (dz/dt)min value is plotted as a Y axis of the scatter plot, and corresponding RR1 value is plotted as an X axis of the scatter plot.

US Pat. No. 10,244,957

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTING A SENSING VECTOR CONFIGURATION IN A MEDICAL DEVICE

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method of determining sensing vectors in a medical device, comprising:sensing cardiac signals on a plurality of sensing vectors formed from a plurality of electrodes;
determining, for each of the plurality of sensing vectors, a sensing vector metric of the sensed cardiac signals;
determining, for each of the plurality of sensing vectors, a morphology metric associated with a morphology of the sensed cardiac signals, wherein determining the morphology metric comprises:
sensing an R-wave in response to the cardiac signal exceeding a sensing threshold;
determining pulses associated with the sensed R-wave;
determining, for each pulse, whether a pulse width of the pulse is less than a pulse width threshold;
determining, for each pulse, whether a pulse amplitude of the pulse is greater than a pulse amplitude threshold;
determining a number of the determined pulses having both a pulse width less than the pulse width threshold and a pulse amplitude greater than the pulse amplitude threshold; and
setting the morphology metric equal to the determined number of pulses;
determining, for each of the plurality of sensing vectors, vector selection metrics based on at least the determined sensing vector metric and the determined morphology metric; and
selecting a sensing vector of the plurality of sensing vectors based on at least the determined selection metrics.

US Pat. No. 10,244,956

STIMULATION NEEDLE APPARATUS AND METHOD

NUVECTRA CORPORATION, Pl...

1. A stimulation needle apparatus for selectively administering a trial stimulation to body tissue of a patient, the stimulation needle apparatus comprising:a cannula assembly including:
a cannula including a cannula lumen extending along a longitudinal axis from a proximal cannula end to a distal cannula end; and
a cannula hub disposed at the proximal cannula end, wherein the cannula lumen is accessible through the cannula hub; and
a stylet assembly including:
a stylet sized and shaped to fit within the cannula lumen, the stylet including a proximal stylet end and a distal stylet end;
a stylet hub disposed at the proximal stylet end, the stylet hub being configured to engage with the cannula hub, wherein, with the stylet hub engaged with the cannula hub, the distal stylet end extends distally from the distal cannula end; and
a stylet connection electrically coupled with the stylet, the stylet connection extending from a proximal portion of the stylet hub along the longitudinal axis and is fixed onto, and in direct physical contact with, the stylet hub, wherein the stylet connection includes a conductive loop that is configured to electrically and mechanically couple with a test clip of a stimulator device, wherein, with the stimulator device electrically coupled to the stylet connection, a stimulation pulse delivered by the stimulator device is conducted from the stylet connection through the stylet to the distal stylet end to administer the trial stimulation.

US Pat. No. 10,244,955

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NONCONTACT ABLATION

1. A method comprising: providing a first catheter which has a lumen and a second catheter which fits within the lumen of the first catheter, wherein one of the first and second catheters is a noncontact ablation catheter, and wherein one of the first and second catheters is a recording and positioning catheter; placing the first catheter in a body, wherein the first catheter is a hybrid catheter-sheath, and placing the second catheter within the lumen of the first catheter; positioning the recording and positioning catheter against non-target tissue in the body, wherein one or more electrodes on the recording and positioning catheter are positioned on a first side of a target tissue and one or more electrodes on the ablation catheter are positioned on an opposite side of the target tissue; making one or more electrical recordings and measurements between the one or more electrodes on the recording and positioning catheter on the first side of the target tissue and the one or more electrodes on the ablation catheter on the opposite side of the target tissue; moving the ablation catheter in a telescoping fashion with respect to the recording and positioning catheter while the recording and positioning catheter is in contact with the non-target tissue in the body and thereby adjusting an ablation making one or more electrical recordings and measurements using one or more electrodes on the recording and positioning catheter; moving the ablation catheter in a telescoping fashion with respect to the recording and positioning catheter while the recording and positioning catheter is in contact with the non-target tissue in the body and thereby adjusting an ablation position of the ablation catheter with respect to the body and a location of target tissue in the body to be ablated; and radiating energy from one or more ablation elements on the ablation catheter substantially perpendicularly to an axis of the noncontact ablation catheter only into a predefined circumferential or semi-circumferential pattern on the target tissue without reflection and without contact between the target tissue and the ablation catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,244,954

IMPLANTABLE BIO-PRESSURE TRANSPONDER

Arkis Biosciences Inc., ...

27. An implantable pressure sensor system for the measurement of fluid pressures within a body, the system comprising:a pressure sensor configured to produce a calibrated inlet pressure signal proportionate to a sensed inlet pressure, the pressure sensor being configured to sense the inlet pressure via an inlet pressure port, and to sense a reference pressure of a reference chamber via a reference pressure port, wherein the pressure sensor is configured to selectively sense the inlet pressure and the reference pressure so as to compare the reference pressure to the inlet pressure to generate the calibrated inlet pressure signal;
encoding circuitry configured to receive the calibrated inlet pressure signal from the pressure sensor and to modulate a communications alternating current frequency to produce a sensor information signal;
a sweep generator unit, an oscillator, and a signal delay unit, the sweep generator unit outputs a ramp signal to be compared to the calibrated inlet pressure signal, and the signal delay unit is connected to the sweep generator and the oscillator to delay starting of the oscillator and the sweep generator for a sufficient amount of time to facilitate settling of the pressure sensor; and
a telemetry unit configured to receive electromagnetic transcutaneous powering and to transmit the sensor information signal to a receiver unit external to the body;
wherein the pressure sensor, encoding circuitry, sweep generator unit, oscillator, signal delay unit, and telemetry unit are configured to be implanted in a subcutaneous manner in the body.

US Pat. No. 10,244,953

BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION DETECTING DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A biological information detecting device comprising:a first light detector which receives light from a subject;
a second light detector which receives light from the subject;
a processing portion;
at least one light emitting portion which emits light to the subject; and
a light-transmissive member which is provided at a position closer to the subject than the first light detector and the second light detector, through which light from the subject is transmitted, and which applies a pressing force by being brought into contact with the subject at a time of detecting the biological information of the subject,
wherein in a direction from the biological information detecting device to the subject, when a height of the light-transmissive member at a position or in a region corresponding to the first light detector is set to h1 and a height of the light-transmissive member at a position or in a region corresponding to the second light detector is set to h2, h1>h2 is satisfied,
wherein when a distance between the light emitting portion and the first light detector is set to L1 and a distance between the light emitting portion and the second light detector is set to L2, L1 wherein the processing portion performs first body motion noise reduction processing that reduces a body motion noise of a first detection signal which is detected by the first light detector based on a second detection signal which is detected by the second light detector, and
wherein the processing portion calculates biological information based on the first detection signal after the first body motion noise reduction processing.

US Pat. No. 10,244,952

MEASURING APPARATUS AND MEASURING SYSTEM

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...

1. A measuring apparatus comprising:a wearing portion to be worn by a subject; and
a first sensor unit and a second sensor unit each supported by the wearing portion and each having two or more light emitting units and a light receiving unit, wherein
the first sensor unit and the second sensor unit, in acquiring a biological-information of the subject when the wearing portion is worn by the subject, are arranged having a distance of 35 mm or less from each other along a predetermined blood vessel of the subject, and
the light emitting units are arranged on both sides of the light receiving unit along a direction transverse to the predetermined blood vessel of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,244,951

PHYSIOLOGICAL SENSOR DELIVERY DEVICE AND METHOD

ACIST Medical Systems, In...

1. A method of measuring Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) in a patient, the method comprising:advancing a guidewire through a patient's vasculature to a location of interest in a patient;
advancing a guiding catheter over the guidewire to the location of interest;
advancing a sensor delivery device within the guiding catheter to the location of interest, the sensor delivery device comprising a distal sleeve, a distal sensor located on the distal sleeve, a proximal sensor located on the distal sleeve and proximal to the distal sensor, a proximal portion, and a communication channel, the sensors adapted to generate signals proportional to fluid pressure;
advancing only a distal portion of the distal sleeve outside of the guiding catheter such that the distal sensor is outside of the guiding catheter and downstream of the location of interest and the proximal sensor is inside of the guiding catheter;
generating a first distal fluid pressure signal with the distal sensor at a location outside of the guiding catheter and distal to the location of interest;
generating a reference fluid pressure signal with the proximal sensor at a location inside of the guiding catheter, the reference fluid pressure signal representing a fluid pressure within the guiding catheter;
calculating FFR using the first distal fluid pressure signal and the reference fluid pressure signal.

US Pat. No. 10,244,950

BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A biological information detection apparatus comprising:a light emitter configured to emit a light onto a subject;
a light receiver configured to detect a biological signal from the light that returns from the subject after being emitted onto the subject;
a height controller coupled with a pair of the light emitter and the light receiver that is connected to the light emitter side-by-side; and
a support member disposed on a side of the height controller and configured to be in contact with a surface skin of the subject;
wherein the height controller is configured to lift up and down the pair of the light emitter and the light receiver together to adjust a height of the light emitter from support member and a height of the light receiver from the support member to be a same height from the support member, and
wherein, when the height controller lifts up the pair of the light emitter and the light receiver, the pair of the light emitter and the light receiver are disposed at a level different from the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,244,949

HEALTH MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

RHYTHM DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEMS...

1. A method for determining a health parameter including one or more of detecting heart beats or determining pulse oxygenation; the method comprising one or more of:a) detecting heart beats;
using ECG,
using green or another wavelength, or
using a weighted combination of wavelengths;
b) determining pulse oxygenation through generating one or more of a first pulse shape template or a dataset representing a first pulse shape, including using:
green wavelengths,
an ensemble average of green over approximately the same amount of time as for either red or IR,
an ensemble average of multiple wavelengths over approximately the same amount of time as for either red or IR, or
an ensemble average of multiple wavelengths over significantly longer than the amount of time as for either red or IR; or
a long time average of a single wavelength of any color;
c) obtaining a red pulse shape template or dataset representing same and an IR pulse shape template or dataset representing same, and comparing these or one or the other or each of these to the first pulse shape template; and,
d) correlating via linear regression between a red ensemble average with a first pulse shape template or dataset to an IR ensemble average with the first pulse shape template or dataset, where the ratio of these correlations is then used as the AC ratio for oxygen saturation.

US Pat. No. 10,244,948

STATISTICAL HEART RATE MONITORING FOR ESTIMATING CALORIE EXPENDITURE

1. A method of calibrating a fitness tracking device for calorie estimation for a specific exercise session, the method comprising:determining, by a wearable computing device, a start of an exercise session associated with a user of the wearable computing device, the wearable computing device including a processor, a memory, a heart rate sensor, and at least one of a motion sensing module, a display module, and an interface module;
in response to determining the start of the exercise session, measuring, by the heart rate sensor of the wearable computing device, heart rate data (HR) for a first period of time, the first period of time following the start of the exercise session;
determining, by the processor of the wearable computing device, an onset heart rate value of the user based on the measured heart rate data, the onset heart rate value associated with a lowest valid heart rate measured during the first period of time, the onset heart rate value being different from a calibrated resting heart rate (RHR) for the user stored in the memory;
associating, by the processor of the wearable computing device, an RHR parameter of a calorimetry model to the onset heart rate value to calibrate the wearable computing device for the exercise session; and
estimating, by the processor of the wearable computing device, energy expenditure of the user during a second period of time based on the calorimetry model and a plurality of heart rate measurements (HR) obtained by the wearable computing device during the second period of time, the second period of time associated with a portion of time after the first period of time and prior to an end of the exercise session.

US Pat. No. 10,244,947

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF BLOOD VESSEL

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of treating a stenosis comprising:inserting an introducer into a first blood vessel of a patient, the introducer comprising a dilator positioned inside a selected sheath which possesses open distal and proximal ends, the dilator comprising a distal end, the introducer being inserted into the first blood vessel while the distal end of the dilator extends distally beyond the distal end of the selected sheath, the selected sheath comprising an outer diameter substantially equal to an outer diameter of a first sheath and an inner diameter substantially equal to an inner diameter of a second sheath which has a Fr size that is one Fr size larger than a Fr size of the first sheath;
drawing out the dilator from the first blood vessel and from the selected sheath while the selected sheath is kept indwelled in the first blood vessel;
inserting a diagnostic instrument into the selected sheath that is indwelled in the first blood vessel, through the first blood vessel and into a second blood vessel, the diagnostic instrument having an outer diameter inserted into the selected sheath that is smaller than a maximum outer diameter which can be inserted into and moved along the selected sheath;
diagnosing, through use of the diagnostic instrument, whether the stenosis exists in the second blood vessel;
drawing out the diagnostic instrument from the second blood vessel, the first blood vessel and the selected sheath;
inserting a therapeutic instrument or a catheter permitting insertion of the therapeutic instrument, through the selected sheath that is indwelled in the first blood vessel so that the therapeutic instrument or the catheter is inserted through the first blood vessel and then into the second blood vessel, the therapeutic instrument or the catheter having the maximum outer diameter which is permitted to be inserted into the selected sheath and moved along the selected sheath, and when the catheter permitting insertion of the therapeutic instrument is inserted through the selected sheath and the first blood vessel and into the second blood vessel, the therapeutic instrument is inserted through the catheter and the first blood vessel and into the second blood vessel; and
treating the stenosis in the second blood vessel through use of the therapeutic instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,244,946

TEMPERATURE SENSOR, TEMPERATURE MEASURING DEVICE AND MEDICAL ENGINEERING SYSTEMS COMPRISING A TEMPERATURE SENSOR OR A TEMPERATURE MEASURING DEVICE

Aesculap AG, Tuttlingen ...

1. A medical engineering system comprising at least one temperature sensor comprising a sensor element including a medium showing luminescence upon excitation, the medium showing luminescence upon excitation being a crystal, the at least one temperature sensor also comprising a light conductor which is optically connected to the sensor element and is intended for supplying the crystal with light having an excitation wavelength and/or for receiving and discharging light having a luminescence wavelength of the crystal, the medical engineering system being implemented as a surgical system, wherein the surgical system comprises a device for cutting, dissection, coagulation, sealing and/or connecting tissue structures of a patient, the device comprising an applicator tool with two applicator elements in the form of applicator jaws which can be moved relative to each other and can be transferred from an open resting position to a closed working position, the at least one temperature sensor being arranged in at least one of the applicator elements, said at least one of the applicator elements comprising at least one spacer which keeps the applicator elements in the working position at a predefined distance relative to each other, the at least one spacer forming the at least one temperature sensor, wherein the applicator jaws each extend in a longitudinal direction, and wherein the light conductor of the at least one temperature sensor extends inside one of the applicator jaws in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,244,945

SYSTEM FOR RECONSTRUCTING SURFACE MOTION IN AN OPTICAL ELASTOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Tiro Medical Limited, Ch...

1. A system for analyzing surface motion of body tissue of a subject with optical elastography comprising:a controller device that controls a vibration unit capable of stimulating a body tissue of a subject by an actuator that vibrates the body tissue, a plurality of cameras, a strobe light, and a computational device which processes image data from the plurality of cameras, wherein surface motion of body tissue is analyzed by capturing a set of images at a plurality of time-steps of a surface of a region of stimulated tissue with the plurality of cameras distributed about the tissue;
developing a 3D surface model of the tissue region from the set of images captured at the plurality of time-steps;
estimating the surface motion of the vibrating body tissue region between time-step images;
estimating a 3D surface motion of the vibrating body tissue region by combining the 3D surface model with the estimated tissue surface motion between time-step images; and
analyzing the 3D surface motion to identify abnormalities in the motion of the vibrating body tissue region.

US Pat. No. 10,244,944

VEIN TRANSILLUMINATION DEVICE USING ORANGE AND RED LIGHT WITH A WHITE EXAM LIGHT

Translite, LLC, Sugar La...

1. An illumination device comprising in combination:a housing having a handle portion at a first end thereof and an illumination portion with an arc-shaped light generating source at a second end thereof, the housing also having a recess at the second end thereof, the recess being composed of a circular central space and an opening, and the arc-shaped light generating source encircles the circular central space of the recess,
a power source within the arc-shaped light generating source substantially contained with the handle portion has at least one user controlled switch on a side edge of the housing, allowing for actuation of the arc-shaped light generating source and switching between a type of illumination, either transillumination or surface illumination, in controlled manner for the selective examination of a user's skin or veins,
the arc-shaped light generating source including a transillumination orange light composed of LEDs having a wavelength in the range of 580-620 nm, a red light composed of LEDs having a wavelength of light in the range of 620-650 nm for side-transillumination of the veins, and a white exam light composed of LEDs for illumination of the surface of the skin,
the illumination portion includes a substantially semicircular shaped area of illumination shaped and dimensioned to encircle the substantially semicircular central area, the arc-shaped light generating source of the illumination portion extending about an arc of approximately 270 degrees and following an edge of the semicircular central area along a lower surface of the housing, and the arc-shaped light generating source includes the transillumination orange light composed of LEDs, the red light composed of LEDs for side-transillumination of the veins and the white exam light composed of LEDs that run along the substantially semicircular shaped area of illumination,
wherein the at least one user controlled switch allowing for actuation of the arc-shaped light generating source of the illumination device further comprises a manual or automatic switch to switch between the orange light, the red light and the white exam light by simply pressing a button or moving the device and wherein a pattern of LEDs comprises a series of sixteen LEDs comprising twelve orange-colored LEDs positioned for emitting orange light outwardly from the lower surface of the housing and four red-colored LEDs positioned for emitting red light outwardly from the lower surface of the housing and intermixed with the series of sixteen LEDs are the white-colored LEDs composed of a series of eight white-colored LEDs symmetrically dispersed amongst the sixteen LEDs, wherein the twelve orange-colored LEDs and the four red-colored LEDs make up a first light source, and the white-colored LEDs make up a distinct second light source the second light source is composed of the eight white-colored LEDs symmetrically dispersed amongst the twelve orange-colored LEDs and four red-colored LEDs, whereby the pattern of LEDs extending about the substantially circular shaped area of illumination begins at a position of approximately 10 o'clock and extends in a counterclockwise direction.

US Pat. No. 10,244,943

WIDE-FIELD RETINAL IMAGING SYSTEM

Phoenix Technology Group,...

1. A hand held retinal imager including image guided optical coherence tomography (OCT), the hand held retinal imager comprising:an illumination source operable to generate illumination light;
a beam splitter operable to receive the illumination light and direct the illumination light along an optical axis;
a field lens disposed along the optical axis;
an objective lens disposed along the optical axis and operable to contact a cornea of an eye, wherein the objective lens is operable to inject the illumination light into the eye as an illumination ring;
an entrance pupil, wherein the entrance pupil and the illumination ring are located at different positions along the optical axis;
an image sensor;
an imaging lens group disposed along the optical axis between the beam splitter and the image sensor, wherein the imaging lens group is operable to form a sensor image at the image sensor;
a second beam splitter positioned within the imaging lens group; and
an OCT beam train optically coupled to the second beam splitter.

US Pat. No. 10,244,942

OPHTHALMOLOGIC PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic photographing apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect information on movement of an eye to be examined;
a determination unit configured to determine, using the detected information, whether or not an imaging area for imaging the eye to be examined is beyond an edge of a predetermined range;
a scanning unit configured to scan the eye to be examined with scanning light;
a control unit configured to perform a tracking of the imaging area by controlling the scanning unit, using the detected information; and
a selection unit configured to select one of a plurality of modes including (a) a first mode to perform the tracking in a case where the imaging area is determined not to be beyond the edge of the predetermined range, and not to perform the tracking in a case where the imaging area is determined to be beyond the edge of the predetermined range, and (b) a second mode to perform the tracking without making the determination by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,244,941

SURGICAL GUIDE AND SURGICAL METHOD

1. A surgical guide comprising:a conventional contact lens comprised of material used in a conventional contact lens and comprising a body, an external surface and an internal surface, wherein in position on an eye, the inner surface contacts the eye and the external surface is exposed, a reticule disposed on the body, whereby the reticule is used to guide a surgeon operating within the eye on which the contact lens is located;
whereby there is a reduced or no parallax error; and
wherein the contact lens will move with the eye and orient position relative to the eye to compensate for any voluntary or involuntary motion of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,244,940

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY FOR MEASUREMENT ON THE RETINA

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...

1. An optical coherence tomograph for examining a scattering sample to be placed in an object area, the optical coherence tomograph comprising:an illumination source that emits source radiation of sweepable wavelength;
a dividing element that divides the source radiation into a reference beam path and an illumination beam path for illuminating the object area with illuminating radiation;
optics in the illumination beam path that distribute the illumination radiation into several object spots and that project these object spots to the object area, and a scanner that adjusts the lateral position of the object spots in the object area;
a detection beam path collecting radiation scattered at the object spots as measurement radiation and superimposing this measurement radiation with reference radiation guided through the reference beam path and guiding the superimposed radiations to a spatially resolving detector comprising pixels, wherein the measurement radiation from an individual object spot is guided to a detector spot covering several pixels of the detector with the detector generating signals therefrom; and
a control device processing the signals generated by the detector and generating therefrom an image of a sample provided in the object area.

US Pat. No. 10,244,939

FULL-EYE ILLUMINATION OCULAR SURFACE IMAGING OF AN OCULAR TEAR FILM FOR DETERMINING TEAR FILM THICKNESS AND/OR PROVIDING OCULAR TOPOGRAPHY

TearScience, Inc., Morri...

1. An apparatus for imaging an eye, comprising:a control system configured to:
(a) modulate light from a multi-wavelength light source to project a first pattern onto the eye;
(b) receive at an imaging device, at least one first image containing at least one first signal associated with an ocular property of the eye comprising emitted light reflected from at least one first portion of the eye;
(c) modulate light from the multi-wavelength light source to project a second pattern onto the eye, such that at least one second portion of the eye receives the emitted light from the multi-wavelength light source; and
(d) receive at the imaging device, at least one second image containing at least one second signal associated with the ocular property of the eye comprising the emitted light reflected from the at least one second portion of the eye;
wherein:
the at least one first signal is optical wave interference of specularly reflected light from an ocular tear film combined with at least one background signal; and
the control system is configured to receive the at least one first image by being configured to:
capture a first pattern of the specularly reflected light including the at least one background signal from at least one first portion of the ocular tear film in the at least one first image by the imaging device; and
capture a second pattern of the specularly reflected light including the at least one background signal from at least one second portion of the ocular tear film in the at least one second image by the imaging device.

US Pat. No. 10,244,938

VISION TESTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method of vision testing comprising:providing a display including an operatively associated controller configured to present a first chart of optotypes followed by a second chart of optotypes;
presenting to the patient the first chart of optotypes oriented on a set of lines of the optotypes wherein each line progressively decreases in one of size or in contrast of the optotype relative to a background on the display;
having a patient identify and read the set of lines of optotypes;
noting the last line of optotypes at which the patient can correctly identify all of the optotypes in the line of the first chart,
wherein the controller receives data regarding the last line of optotypes at which the patient can correctly identify all the optotypes in the line of the first chart;
confirming that the patient has correctly identified all of the optotypes in the line of the first chart; and
presenting to the patient the second chart of optotypes oriented on a set of lines of optotypes wherein each line of the second chart progressively decreases in one of size or in contrast of the optotype relative to a background on the display, and the size or contrast of the noted line of optotypes from the first chart for which the patient previously correctly identified all of the optotypes is presented as a first line of optotypes on the second chart on the display, and wherein the first line of optotypes on the second chart randomized with respect to the correctly identified line of optotypes from the first chart.

US Pat. No. 10,244,937

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a tomographic image acquiring unit, configured to acquire a plurality of tomographic luminance images obtained by photographing an object at different times, and a plurality of polarization-sensitive tomographic images corresponding to the plurality of tomographic luminance images;
a positioning unit configured to position the acquired plurality of polarization-sensitive tomographic images, by at least deforming at least one of the acquired plurality of polarization-sensitive tomographic images so that correlation of the acquired plurality of tomographic luminance images is greater than a threshold value; and
a generating unit configured to generate a new polarization-sensitive tomographic image, using the plurality of polarization-sensitive tomographic images which are positioned.

US Pat. No. 10,244,936

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENGAGING AND PROVIDING VISION CORRECTION OPTIONS TO PATIENTS FROM A REMOTE LOCATION

1. A patient POD for engaging and providing vision correction support, the patient POD comprising a processor having an input means for collecting patient data; equipment to obtain various ocular measurements and characteristics, including data from a physiology examination, a refractive examination, a topographical examination and a wavefront examination; a transmission medium for providing two-way communication between a patient and an eye care professional to determine options for treatment if required; a display for providing simulations of both the impact of vision correction and how the patient would look with the vision correction means; a device for storing data and generating a patient ID card with the data thereon, and an apparatus for forming a custom lens that resides on or in the eye directly from the ocular measurements and characteristics, the custom lens including targeted sphere power, targeted cylindrical power and axis, targeted diameter, targeted stabilization profiles and targeted thickness profiles, the apparatus being configured to form the custom lens from a lens precursor that resides on or in the eye utilizing a free form technique wherein the surfaces of the custom lens are formed by cross-linking of a reactive mixture, the apparatus comprising a first apparatus for forming a lens precursor, the first apparatus comprising a substrate including an arcuate surface, wherein at least a portion of the substrate includes an optical quality surface and a source of actinic radiation controllable to cure a portion of the reactive mixture from the optical quality surface in a predetermined pattern on a voxel by voxel basis, and a second apparatus for forming a lens based upon the lens precursor, the second apparatus comprising a light source for emitting actinic radiation, a means for focusing the actinic radiation, a mold part comprising a lens forming surface transmissive of sufficient converging light from the means for focusing to comprise actinic radiation, a vessel for containing reactive mixture around the lens forming surface in an amount in excess of an amount required to form the lens precursor, a material removal device operational to remove fluent reactive mixture, a dwelling location where the mold part can be positioned such that flowable chemical residue may flow across the near surface region of the lens precursor and a source of fixing radiation sufficient to fix unreacted and partially reacted monomer forming the lens precursor to form the lens based upon the lens precursor.

US Pat. No. 10,244,935

HANDLE WITH FEATURES TO SECURE A CATHETER ASSEMBLY TO AN ENDOSCOPE

Acclarent, Inc., Irvine,...

1. A dilation system, wherein the dilation system comprises:(a) a body, wherein the body comprises a distal end and a proximal end;
(b) a guide member, wherein the guide member is coupled to the distal end of the body and extends distally therefrom;
(c) a dilation member, wherein the dilation member comprises an expandable dilator, wherein the dilation member is configured to translate relative to the guide member;
(d) an endoscope, wherein the endoscope is disposed within the body and extends distally therefrom alongside the guide member and exterior to the guide member;
(e) a locking feature, wherein the locking feature is configured to selectively lock the endoscope in position relative to the body; and
(f) an actuator, wherein the actuator surrounds an exterior surface of the body, wherein a portion of the actuator protrudes radially inwardly into an inner, channel of the body to slidably couple the actuator and the dilation member to the body;
wherein the body, the guide member, the dilation member, the endoscope, and the locking feature are sized, arranged, and configured to be grasped and manipulated together by a single hand.

US Pat. No. 10,244,933

OTOSCOPE AND OTOSCOPIC METHOD BASED ON SPECTRAL ANALYSIS

Helen of Troy Limited, B...

1. A method of automatically identifying or locating an eardrum in a subject's outer ear, by means of an otoscope device, comprising the steps:providing an otoscope including:
a head portion configured to be introduced in an ear canal of the subject's outer ear, the head portion including an electronic imaging unit operable to capture at least one image of the subject's outer ear including the eardrum;
an electronic and/or optic processing unit operable to determine spectral information; and
at least one source of radiation connected to and controlled by the electronic and/or optic processing unit, the at least one source of radiation configured for emitting blue light and/or UV radiation;
introducing the head portion including the electronic imaging unit into the ear canal of the subject's outer ear;
introducing the at least one source of radiation into the ear canal and radiating the ear canal by means of the at least one source of radiation;
capturing at least one image of the subject's outer ear including the eardrum, by means of the electronic imaging unit, based on reflected radiation of radiation emitted by the at least one source of radiation;
determining and analyzing spatially resolved spectral information by means of the electronic and/or optic processing unit; and
automatically identifying or locating the eardrum by means of the electronic and/or optic processing unit in the at least one image by distinguishing the eardrum from surrounding tissue based on a specific amount of blue components and/or UV components within the at least one image of the subject's outer ear.

US Pat. No. 10,244,932

ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM WITH ANTIFOGGING HEATING OF DISTAL LENS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope system comprising:a first lens, a part of which is exposed outside of an endoscope;
a second lens disposed on a proximal end side with respect to the first lens;
a first barrel that holds the second lens;
a second barrel that holds the first lens on a distal end side of an inner circumferential surface of the second barrel, and movably holds the first barrel on a proximal end side of the inner circumferential surface;
a coil that is wound on an outer circumferential surface of the second barrel, generates a magnetic field for moving the first barrel, and generates heat for heating the first lens; and
a third barrel that surrounds the second barrel and the coil,
wherein an inner circumferential surface of the third barrel on a distal end side thereof and the outer circumferential surface of the second barrel are fitted to each other, and
a heat insulating space for preventing transmission of the heat from the coil to the third barrel is formed between the inner circumferential surface of the third barrel and an entire outer circumferential surface of the coil.

US Pat. No. 10,244,931

ILLUMINATED OPHTHALMIC INFUSION LINE AND ASSOCIATED DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Novartis AG, Basel (CH)

1. An ophthalmic surgical system, comprising:a light source;
a fluid source;
an illuminated infusion line comprising:
an infusion arrangement comprising:
a first flexible elongate tube defining a first lumen;
a second flexible elongate tube defining a second lumen; and
a flow tube coupled to a distal end of the first flexible elongate tube, the flow tube defining a third lumen and comprising a groove on an exterior surface thereof, the first lumen and the third lumen in fluid communication with the fluid source and configured to deliver a fluid from the fluid source to an interior of an eye of a patient during a surgical procedure, and the flow tube being sized to penetrate the eye of the patient and deliver the fluid to the interior of the eye; and
an optical fiber comprising:
a proximal portion disposed in the second lumen of the second elongate tube; and
a distal portion received within the groove of the flow tube,
the optical fiber being in optical communication with the light source and coupled to the infusion arrangement, the optical fiber being configured to transmit light from the light source to illuminate the interior of the eye during the surgical procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,244,930

POSITIONING CLIP

1. An endoscope comprising:an inner tube and an outer tube; and
a positioning clip having a clamping frame that is configured to elastically deform to clamp the positioning clip in force-fitted connection on the inner tube or in the outer tube, the clamping frame having:
at least one inner support surface to support the positioning clip on the inner tube;
at least one outer support surface to support the positioning clip in the outer tube; and
three links each extending in a radial direction relative to a longitudinal axis of the clamping frame, said three links being separated apart from each other to provide space configured for placement of lightwave conductors between the inner tube and the outer tube, said three links having either the at least one inner support surface or the at least one outer support surface;
said positioning clip being configured to enclose only partially around an outer periphery of the inner tube from a proximal end to a distal end of the positioning clip;
wherein either one of:
the at least one inner support surface is configured to be contiguous in a connecting area with an outer surface of the inner tube, the connecting area including more than half of an outer periphery of a cross-section of the inner tube, the at least one outer support surface comprising three surfaces connected by said three links with the at least one inner support surface, or
the at least one outer support surface is configured to be contiguous in a connecting area with an inner surface of the outer tube, the connecting area including more than half of an inner periphery of a cross-section of the outer tube, the at least one inner support surface comprising three surfaces connected by said three links with the at least one outer support surface;
wherein the at least one inner support surface and the at least one outer support surface provide positioning of the inner tube in the outer tube with separation between the tubes.

US Pat. No. 10,244,929

IN VIVO CAMERA WITH MULTIPLE SOURCES TO ILLUMINATE TISSUE AT DIFFERENT DISTANCES

Capso Vision, Inc., Sara...

1. A device comprising:a plurality of emitters of electromagnetic radiation enclosed within a housing, the housing comprising a tubular wall, said plurality of emitters being located in a ring around a camera;
an optical element enclosed within said housing, the optical element being located in a path of a portion of electromagnetic radiation emitted by at least one emitter in the plurality of emitters so as to direct at least a first fraction of said portion of electromagnetic radiation out through the housing, at least a portion of the optical element being on a first side of a lateral plane and said at least one emitter being on a second side of the lateral plane, wherein the optical element comprises a concentrator shaped to reduce angular divergence of at least said portion of electromagnetic radiation;
wherein all electromagnetic radiation from said at least one emitter is emitted on the second side of the lateral plane;
wherein the lateral plane is perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the housing, the housing having a dimension along the longitudinal axis larger than any dimension within the lateral plane;
wherein the camera is positioned within the housing such that at least a portion of an image is formed in said camera by at least a second fraction of said portion of electromagnetic radiation entering through the tubular wall on the first side of the lateral plane after reflection outside the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,244,928

COMPACT ENDOSCOPE TIP AND METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING SAME

Cogentix Medical, Inc., ...

1. An endoscope tip comprising:an external housing defining a lens mounting portion at a distal end, said lens mounting portion configured as a first lumen having an internal surface therewithin, wherein the internal surface defines an obstructive feature defining a narrowest diameter of the lens mounting portion, the external housing further defining at least a second lumen separate from the lens mounting portion, the second lumen suitable for one of a working channel, a fluid channel or carrying a light guiding fiberoptic bundle; and
an optical element assembly positioned within said lens mounting portion comprising a first component, a final component and one or more intermediate components, said components comprising at least one light-transmissive element and at least one spacer in direct contact with the internal surface of the lens mounting portion,
wherein said final component is a spacer that is not a lens and the spacer abuts the obstructive feature defined by the internal surface of the lens mounting portion,
wherein at least said first component is glued directly on said internal surface of said first lumen and prevents distal movement of the intermediate components,
wherein said first component and obstructive feature are configured to maintain said intermediate components fixed in position within said lens mounting portion without a lens tube configured to hold, organize or contain said optical element assembly; and
wherein the endoscope tip has a diameter between 2 mm and 4 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,244,927

SPACE-OPTIMIZED VISUALIZATION CATHETER WITH CAMERA TRAIN HOLDER

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A visualization system for performance of a medical procedure within a patient, the visualization system comprising:an outer sheath extending from a proximal portion to a distal portion;
a camera train holder coupled to and disposed within the outer sheath, the camera train holder holding a visualization sensor and a lens stack, the camera train holder having an inner surface and an opposing, outer surface, wherein the inner surface defines:
a proximal area that holds the visualization sensor; and
a distal area that holds the lens stack; and
a first semi-circular channel longitudinally extending through the distal portion of the outer sheath, wherein the first semi-circular channel distally extends to a semi-circular distal opening of the visualization system;
a second semi-circular channel independent of the first semi-circular channel and longitudinally extending through the distal portion of the outer sheath and alongside the first semi-circular channel, wherein the camera train holder is disposed within the second semi-circular channel,
wherein the outer surface of the camera train holder comprises a semi-circular cross-sectional profile, the outer surface comprising a flat outer surface portion defined by the semi-circular cross-sectional profile; and
wherein a flat outer surface portion of the outer surface of the camera train holder faces a flat side of the first semi-circular channel.

US Pat. No. 10,244,926

DETECTING ENDOLUMENAL BUCKLING OF FLEXIBLE INSTRUMENTS

Auris Health, Inc., Redw...

1. A method for detecting buckling of a medical instrument comprising an elongate body, the method comprising:directing a command to move an elongate body;
receiving sensor data generated from a first sensor placed in a first portion of the elongate body, the sensor data comprising information regarding a first measured status of the first portion of the elongate body;
determining a first expected status of the first sensor from command data useable to control a manipulator coupled to the elongate body to effect movement of the elongate body;
comparing the first measured status with the first expected status; and
responsive to the first measured status deviating from the first expected status relative to a first associated threshold, determining that the elongate body has buckled.

US Pat. No. 10,244,925

ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope, comprising:an image pickup portion including an image pickup device;
an optical axis bending optical system including a plurality of prisms for guiding a light beam from an object to a light receiving surface of the image pickup portion;
an operation input member which can be pivoted;
an operation conversion member configured to resolve an input from the operation input member and generate a plurality of outputs; and
a plurality of operation transmission members configured to transmit the plurality of outputs that are outputted from the operation conversion member to a respectively corresponding plurality of movable portions;
wherein:
the operation transmission members includes an image pickup portion interlocking member that rotatably supports the image pickup portion around a longitudinal axis, and prism rotation transmission members configured to rotate the plurality of prisms of the optical axis bending optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,244,924

ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope comprising:an insertion section configured to be inserted into a subject;
a bending section disposed on a distal end side of the insertion section and bendable in at least one bending direction;
a distal end member connected to a distal end side of the bending section and having a treatment tool passage to allow a treatment tool to project outward from the distal end member;
a tube inserted into the bending section to allow the treatment tool to be inserted into the tube, the tube having at least two trench portions on an inner surface of a distal end side of the tube; and
a connection section having a central axis and having one end fixed to the distal end member so as to be communicated with the treatment tool passage, the connection section having at least two projecting portions, each having an elongated shape, at the other end of the connection section, the at least two projecting portions projecting along the central axis so as to be respectively fitted into the at least two trench portions of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,244,923

JOINING STRUCTURE, JOINING METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING RESIN MEMBER FOR JOINING STRUCTURE

Olympus Corporation, Tok...

1. A method for manufacturing a resin member, the method comprising:providing a mold with a cylindrical opening defined by a cylindrical inner surface and having a central axis, the mold including a plurality of convex portions extending from the cylindrical inner surface radially inward toward the central axis such that each of the convex portions has a proximal end and a distal end, the convex portions being symmetrical relative to the central axis, at least two of the convex portions extending less than 180 degrees around the central axis and being aligned with one another such that an imaginary plane extending orthogonally to the central axis passes through the at least two convex portions;
providing an insert along the central axis to form a mold cavity between the insert and the cylindrical inner surface of the mold, the distal ends of the convex portions not extending to the insert such that the mold cavity includes an open space between the distal end of the convex portions and the insert;
pouring a liquid resin into the mold cavity; and
solidifying the liquid resin to form a resin member having a central axis corresponding to the central axis of the mold and a cylindrical opening formed by the insert, the resin member having walls whose thickness is defined between an outer surface of the resin member and the cylindrical opening of the resin member, the resin member having a plurality of concave portions formed by the convex portions of the mold and being symmetrical relative to the central axis of the resin member, the concave portions not extending into the cylindrical opening and causing the thickness of the walls of the resin member to be reduced at the locations of the concave portions.

US Pat. No. 10,244,922

SINGLE USE LARYNGOSCOPE HANDLE FOR USE IN DUAL COMPONENT LARYNGOSCOPE ASSEMBLY

TRUPHATEK INTERNATIONAL L...

1. A single use laryngoscope handle for use in a dual component laryngoscope assembly including (a) a laryngoscope blade having a spatula and intended for dual snap fit engagement on the laryngoscope handle to dispose the spatula into an operative intubation position generally transverse to the laryngoscope handle, the spatula having a distal spatula end remote from the laryngoscope handle in the operative intubation position and (b) an illumination arrangement including an electrically operated illumination source for selectively providing illumination at the distal spatula end in the operative intubation position, the single use laryngoscope handle having a longitudinal handle axis and comprising:a) an elongated tubular plastic hand grip having a leading hand grip end, a trailing hand grip end and a power source assembly compartment between said leading hand grip end and said trailing hand grip end;
b) a power source assembly for storage in said power source assembly compartment for electrically operating the electrically operated illumination source in the operative intubation position, and
c) a plastic end cap mounted on said trailing hand grip end in a pre-actuated position, said plastic end cap having an upright support member for supporting said power source assembly at said leading hand grip end in said pre-actuated position in an upright handle orientation of the laryngoscope handle with said leading hand grip end above said trailing hand grip end,
said plastic end cap including a transverse end plate and an upright end wall, the transverse end plate having at least one axially extending plastic frangible member extending from the transverse end plate between the upright end wall and the upright support member, the frangible member facing radially outward away from said upright support member for engaging a respective throughgoing aperture formed in a lowermost end of said trailing hand grip end, such that the frangible member protrudes into the throughgoing aperture to abut against the upright end wall in the pre-actuated position, and such that a manual actuation of said end cap from said pre-actuated position breaks said at least one plastic frangible member and detaches said end cap from said trailing hand grip end whereupon said power source assembly readily slides downwardly and outwardly from said trailing hand grip end in said upright handle orientation under gravitational force thereby preventing re-use of said single use laryngoscope handle.

US Pat. No. 10,244,921

ENDOSCOPIC SYSTEM FOR RESECTION OF TISSUE

COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. Apparatus for facilitating resection of tissue, the apparatus comprising:a proximal barrel adapted to be detachably coupled to a functional endoscope;
a distal barrel coupled to the proximal barrel, the distal and proximal barrels each having a lumen partially overlapping with the lumen of the other, wherein the distal barrel comprises an outer circumferential region forming a substantially circular shape; and
a cutting member disposed within a lumen of the distal barrel and configured to resect a segment of tissue,
wherein a central longitudinal axis of the proximal barrel is radially offset from a central longitudinal axis of the distal barrel, and
wherein the central longitudinal axis of the distal barrel is radially aligned with a working lumen of the endoscope.

US Pat. No. 10,244,920

HINGE FOR DOORS OF ELECTRICAL HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES

NUOVA STAR S.p.A., Zola ...

1. A hinge for a door of an electrical household applicance provided with a decorative front panel slidably mounted relative to the door along a direction which is orthogonal to an axis of rotation of the door, the hinge comprising,a first element which is fixable, in use, to a frame of the electrical household appliance, the first element including a guide member which is integral with the first element,
a first pin,
a second element pivoted on the first element via the first pin and which is fixable, in use, to the door so that the door can be opened or closed by tilting relative to the frame of the electrical household appliance,
a tie rod pivoted on the second element and including a first cam profile, the first cam profile engaging with the guide member,
an elastic member operatively coupled to the tie rod for applying, in use, a retaining action on the door during movement of the door from a closed position to an open position,
a kinematic unit configured to impart, to the decorative front panel, a movement relative to the door to determine mutual sliding between the door and the decorative front panel,
wherein the kinematic unit comprises a first body which is connected to the first element, a second body pivoted on the first body and having a longitudinal guide, and a connecting linkage between the first body and the second body, the connecting linkage controlling movement of a bracket which is connectable with the decorative front panel, the bracket being slidable along the longitudinal guide;
a second pin defining a fulcrum of the first body and the second body;
wherein the connecting linkage comprises a first lever and a second lever, the first lever having a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end opposite the first longitudinal end, the second lever being pivoted on the first lever and on the second pin;
wherein the first body includes a second cam profile and the first lever includes a follower member for engaging the second cam profile;
wherein the follower member is positioned at the first longitudinal end and the first lever is connected to the bracket at the second longitudinal end.

US Pat. No. 10,244,918

DISH WASHER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of controlling a dish washing machine which comprises a nozzle which sprays washing water, a pump which supplies the washing water to the nozzle, a vane which redirects the washing water sprayed from the nozzle to a dish, and a filter which filters garbage in the washing water, the method comprising:identifying whether the vane arrives located at a position adjacent to the nozzle in response to a drainage operation;
rotating the vane approaching the position adjacent to the nozzle;
stopping a movement of the vane based on whether the vane arrives at the position adjacent to the nozzle; and
spraying the washing water from the nozzle by driving of the pump, where the washing water sprayed from the nozzle is redirected to a rear wall by the rotated vane and strikes the rear wall.

US Pat. No. 10,244,917

DUSTPAN COVER

1. A domestic cleaning apparatus comprising:a dustpan, a lid, and a fastener;
wherein the fastener attaches the lid to the dustpan;
wherein the lid is a barrier that controls access to the dustpan;
wherein the domestic cleaning apparatus is configured to collect debris;
wherein the dustpan is configured to collect debris;
wherein the lid rotates relative to the dustpan such that the dustpan opens and closes for the collection and disposal of debris;
wherein the dustpan is a containment structure;
wherein the dustpan is a wedge-shaped structure;
wherein the lid controls access to a storage space within the dustpan;
wherein the lid rotates relative to the dustpan;
wherein the fastener is a spring-loaded device;
wherein the fastener attaches the lid to the dustpan such that the lid rotates towards and away from a superior face of a collection bin;
wherein the fastener seals the lid against the superior face of the collection bin;
wherein the dustpan comprises a collection bin and a handle;
wherein the handle attaches to the collection bin;
wherein the collection bin contains the debris;
wherein the collection bin is a hollow containment structure;
wherein the collection bin is a wedge-shaped structure;
wherein the collection bin comprises a first vertical face, a second vertical face, a third vertical face, an inferior face, a superior face, and a wedge cant;
wherein the superior face is an open face;
wherein the first vertical face, the second vertical face, the third vertical face, the inferior face, the superior face combine to form the wedge shape of the containment bin;
wherein the wedge cant is the angle between the inferior face and the superior face;
wherein the first vertical face is a triangularly shaped plate;
wherein the second vertical face is a triangularly shaped plate;
wherein the third vertical face is a rectangular plate;
wherein the inferior face is a rectangular plate;
wherein the superior face is a rectangular plate;
wherein the first vertical face projects perpendicularly away from the inferior face;
wherein the second vertical face projects perpendicularly away from the inferior face;
wherein the third vertical face projects perpendicularly away from the inferior face;
wherein the first vertical face shares its perimeter with the third vertical face, the inferior face, and the superior face;
wherein the second vertical face shares its perimeter with the third vertical face, the inferior face, and the superior face;
wherein the third vertical face shares its perimeter with the first vertical face, the inferior face, and the superior face;
wherein the superior face shares its perimeter with the first vertical face, the second vertical face, the third vertical face, and the inferior face;
wherein the second vertical face is distal from the first vertical face;
wherein the third vertical face is distal from the line formed by the intersection of the inferior face and the superior face;
wherein the inferior face and the superior face are not parallel planar surfaces;
wherein a wedge angle is the acute angle formed between the inferior face and the superior face;
wherein the handle is a shaft;
wherein the handle is used as a grip;
wherein the handle attaches to the third vertical face of the collection bin;
wherein the handle attaches to the third vertical face such that the handle projects away from the intersection of the inferior face and the superior face;
wherein the handle attaches to the third vertical face such that the handle forms a grip cant with the inferior face;
wherein the span of the arc of the grip cant between the handle and the inferior face equals the span of the arc of the wedge cant;
wherein the lid encloses a containment space of the dustpan;
wherein the lid comprises a barrier plate and a lever plate;
wherein the barrier plate attaches to the fastener;
wherein the lever plate attaches to the fastener;
wherein the barrier plate is a plate structure;
wherein the perimeter of the barrier plate is geometrically similar to the perimeter of the superior face of the collection bin;
wherein the span of the perimeter of the barrier plate is greater than the span of the perimeter of the superior face.

US Pat. No. 10,244,916

CLEANING ROBOT AND METHOD OF CLEANING THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A cleaning robot comprising:a primary robot comprising a first controller configured to control a plurality of first sensors, a first communication module, a first moving apparatus, and a first cleaning assembly; and
at least one secondary robot comprising a second controller configured to control a plurality of second sensors, a second communication module, a second moving apparatus, and a second cleaning assembly;
wherein the plurality of first sensors are configured to collect a plurality of environmental parameters associated with a target zone inaccessible to the primary robot;
the first controller is configured to drive the first moving apparatus and the first cleaning assembly to perform a first cleaning task outside the target zone, to generate a first command signal based on the plurality of environmental parameters, and to control the first communication module to transmit the first command signal to the second communication module;
the second controller is configured to drive the second moving apparatus to have a secondary robot moving into the target zone and operate the second cleaning assembly of the secondary robot to perform a second cleaning task inside the target zone, upon receiving the first command signal from the second communication module;
the plurality of second sensors comprise a first sensor to detect trash amount collected by the second cleaning assembly and a second sensor to detect cleaning agent amount stored in the second cleaning assembly; and
the second controller is configured to determine that the second cleaning task is finished when the first sensor detects no change in the trash amount over a certain period of time or the second sensor detects the cleaning agent amount to be substantially below a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,244,915

COVERAGE ROBOTS AND ASSOCIATED CLEANING BINS

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A coverage robot system comprising:a cleaning bin configured to be received by a cleaning robot;
a bin capacity sensor system comprising:
a signal emitter proximate a first side of an opening in the cleaning bin;
a first signal detector proximate the first side of the opening in the cleaning bin, the first signal detector configured to receive a signal emitted by the signal emitter, the signal emitter and the first signal detector being disposed proximate to one another; and
a second signal detector proximate a second side of the opening in the cleaning bin, the second side opposite the first side, the second signal detector configured to receive a signal emitted by the signal emitter; and
a controller configured to monitor a signal from the first signal detector and the second signal detector and determine a cleaning service requirement, and transmit a third signal having information about the cleaning service requirement.

US Pat. No. 10,244,914

POLISHING OR GRINDING PAD ASSEMBLY

Husqvarna Construction Pr...

1. A pad assembly comprising:(a) a fibrous and flexible pad including an upper surface, a floor-facing lower surface and a circular peripheral surface, the floor-facing lower surface being entirely flat, and the pad including diamond particles;
(b) a reinforcement layer attached to the floor-facing surface of the pad, the reinforcement layer including an internal edge defining a hole therethough, and the reinforcement layer being flexible but stiffer than the pad;
(c) abrasive tools attached to a floor-facing surface of the reinforcement layer, the abrasive tools including diamond particles, and the abrasive tools being spaced apart from each other; and
(d) a central, porous and fibrous area of the floor-facing lower surface of the pad being exposed through the hole of the reinforcement layer such that a linear dimension X of the central area within the hole is greater than a linear dimension Y of one side of the reinforcement layer between the hole and a periphery thereof, and the upper surface of the pad at the central area being attachable to a free-standing powered floor polishing or grinding machine.

US Pat. No. 10,244,913

DEBRIS MONITORING

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. An autonomous cleaning apparatus comprising:a drive system to navigate the cleaning apparatus about a floor surface while the cleaning apparatus cleans the floor surface;
a debris sensor having a field of view beyond a perimeter of the cleaning apparatus, wherein the debris sensor is configured to detect debris or an obstacle on the floor surface; and
a controller configured to
navigate the cleaning apparatus, in response to the debris sensor detecting the debris, toward the detected debris, and
navigate the cleaning apparatus, in response to the debris sensor detecting the obstacle, away from the detected obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,244,912

VACUUM CLEANER WITH MOTOR BETWEEN SEPARATION STAGES

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising a main body and a dirt separator removably attached to the main body, wherein the dirt separator comprises a first dirt-separation stage, a second dirt-separation stage, and a vacuum motor for moving air through the first dirt-separation stage and the second dirt-separation stage, the vacuum motor comprises an impeller driven by an electric motor, the first dirt-separation stage is located upstream of the impeller, and the second dirt-separation stage is located downstream of the impeller, and wherein the first dirt-separation stage comprises a single cyclonic separator, and second dirt-separation stage comprises a plurality of cyclonic separators.

US Pat. No. 10,244,911

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:(a) an air flow passage extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and including a suction motor;
(b) a cyclone bin assembly positioned in the air flow passage and comprising a bin first end, an opposed bin second end axially spaced apart from the bin first end in an axial direction and a cyclone bin assembly sidewall located between the bin first and second ends, the cyclone bin assembly sidewall surrounding a contiguous interior volume and comprising:
i) a first sidewall portion extending at least nearly parallel to the axial direction and having a first width in a lateral direction generally orthogonal to the axial direction;
ii) a second sidewall portion extending at least nearly parallel to the axial direction and having a second width in the lateral direction wherein the second width is narrower than the first width;
iii) a third sidewall portion extending at least nearly parallel to the axial direction and disposed between the first sidewall and the second sidewall portion, the third sidewall portion having a third width in the lateral direction that is greater than the second width;
iv) a first inclined transition portion connecting the first sidewall portion and the second sidewall portion and narrowing from the first width to the second width; and,
v) a second inclined transition portion connecting the second sidewall portion and the third sidewall portion and widening from the second width to the third width.

US Pat. No. 10,244,910

DUST AND ALLERGEN CONTROL FOR SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:a) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and comprising a main air treatment member having a dirt collection region having an openable door; and,
b) a main suction motor provided in the air flow path,
wherein the dirt collection region is exposed to sub-atmospheric pressure when the openable door is in an open position, and
wherein the main suction motor is utilized to provide the sub-atmospheric pressure to the dirt collection region.

US Pat. No. 10,244,909

DUST AND ALLERGEN CONTROL FOR SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A cyclone bin assembly for a surface cleaning apparatus, the cyclone bin assembly comprising:a) a dirt collection region for a cyclone, the dirt collection region having an openable door; and,
b) a flexible closure member moveable to a deployed position wherein a first portion of the closure member is provided on the cyclone bin assembly and a second portion of the closure member closes the upper end of a refuse container, whereby when the closure member is in the deployed position, a closed volume is provided which includes an interior volume of the refuse container and the openable door is located in the closed volume.

US Pat. No. 10,244,908

SYSTEMS FOR TRANSPORTING AND COLLECTING WASTE

SIMPLAVATE, Surprise, AZ...

1. A system for transporting and collecting waste, comprising;a waste disposal bay comprising an opening;
a cabinet comprising an open configuration and a closed configuration;
a moveable receptacle associated with the cabinet, the movable receptacle comprising a through hole,
wherein the movable receptacle is disposed within the cabinet at a first position when the cabinet is in the closed configuration, and
wherein the movable receptacle is configured to translocate from the first position to a second position and from the second position to the first position when the cabinet is in the open configuration;
a vacuum system associated with the through hole of the moveable receptacle; and
an attachment mechanism having a seal positioned between the opening of the waste disposal bay and the through hole, wherein the seal is configured to maintain fluid communication between the opening and the vacuum system when the cabinet is in the closed configuration and the movable receptacle is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,244,907

CLEANING APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A cleaning apparatus comprising:a cleaning unit including a power consumption unit and a first coupling portion;
a transport device for automatically moving the cleaning unit, and
a stick unit able to be coupled to the cleaning unit and which allows the cleaning unit to move when gripped by a user,
wherein the stick unit comprises:
a second coupling portion able to be coupled with the first coupling portion;
an operation portion operable to separate the second coupling portion from the first coupling portion; and
a power transfer portion for transferring an operation force of the operation portion to the second coupling portion,
wherein the transport device comprises a wheel and a motor for driving the wheel,
wherein the motor operates to allow the cleaning unit to automatically move when the stick unit is separated from the cleaning unit, and
wherein the motor maintains a stationary state when the stick unit is connected to the cleaning unit.

US Pat. No. 10,244,906

HAND CARRYABLE SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A hand vacuum cleaner having an upper end and a lower end, the hand vacuum cleaner comprising:(a) a suction motor and fan assembly having a front end, a rear end and a suction motor axis of rotation;
(b) an air treatment member having a front end and a rear end and a central longitudinal axis extending between the front and rear ends wherein the central longitudinal axis extends generally horizontally when the hand vacuum cleaner is oriented with the upper end above the lower end;
(c) a pre-motor filter housing having a front end, a rear end, an upper end, a lower end, spaced apart opposed lateral sides extending between the front end and the rear end and an openable door, wherein the pre-motor filter comprises a longitudinally extending filter media having a hollow interior and a longitudinal filter axis, and the longitudinal filter axis is generally orthogonal to the central longitudinal axis; and,
(d) a pre-motor filter media provided in the pre-motor housing and removable when the door is opened, the pre-motor filter media having a front side and a rear side
wherein the openable door is openable while the air treatment member is provided on the hand vacuum cleaner.

US Pat. No. 10,244,905

TOILET SEAT APPARATUS

TOTO LTD., Kitakyushu-Sh...

1. A toilet seat apparatus, comprising:a main part mounted at a rear upper part of a toilet;
a toilet seat provided rotatably with respect to the main part, a rear end part of the toilet seat being positioned at a rear part of the main part; and
a radio wave sensor being provided in an interior of the main part and using a radio wave to sense a human body, the rear end part of the toilet seat being positioned rearward of the radio wave sensor,
in a state in which the toilet seat is lowered, the toilet seat covering the radio wave sensor in a vertical direction, and the radio wave passing through the toilet seat and being radiated frontward of the radio wave sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,244,904

CONTROLLER FOR RAISING AND LOWERING A TOILET SEAT AND COVER

SHENZHEN MEGMEET ELECTRIC...

1. A control system applied to a toilet, the toilet comprising:a toilet seat and a seat cover;
the control system comprising a toilet seat actuation device which comprises a toilet seat motor which drives said toilet seat to pivotally move,
a seat cover actuation device which comprises a seat cover motor which drives said seat cover to pivotally move, and
a control circuit, which comprises a user detector configured to detect whether a user is present in a detecting range of the user detector, and a micro-controller, wherein said toilet seat motor and said seat cover motor are configured to be actuated by the micro-controller of said control circuit in a male operation mode, a female operation mode or a closed mode, wherein said toilet seat motor and said seat cover motor are configured to be actuated in said male operation mode by said micro-controller to lift up said toilet seat and said seat cover, wherein said seat cover motor is further configured to be actuated in said female operation mode by said micro-controller to lift up said seat cover, wherein said toilet seat motor and said seat cover motor are further configured to be actuated in said closed mode by said micro-controller to overlap said seat cover with said toilet seat for closing the toilet, wherein said control circuit is configured to preset, for each of said toilet seat and said seat cover, angular velocities for multiple angle ranges during lifting or dropping of said toilet seat and said seat cover, wherein the angular velocity of said toilet seat motor corresponding to each angle range of said toilet seat is constant, and the angular velocity of said seat cover motor corresponding to each angle range of said seat cover is constant, wherein said angular velocities of said toilet seat motor corresponding to different angle ranges of said toilet seat are different, and said angular velocities of said seat cover motor corresponding to different angles of said seat cover are different, wherein said toilet seat motor is further configured to be actuated such that an initial angular velocity of the toilet seat has a highest value when said toilet seat starts to lift up, and said seat cover motor is further configured to be actuated such that an initial angular velocity of the seat cover has a highest value when said seat cover starts to lift up, wherein said toilet seat motor is further configured to be actuated such that a final angular velocity of the toilet seat has a lowest value when lifting of said toilet seat is completed, and said seat cover motor is further configured to be actuated such that a final angular velocity of the seat cover has a lowest value when lifting of said seat cover is completed, wherein said toilet seat motor is further configured to be actuated such that an initial angular velocity of the toilet seat has a highest value when said toilet seat starts to drop down, and said seat cover motor is further configured to be actuated such that an initial angular velocity of the seat cover has a highest value when said seat cover starts to drop down, wherein said toilet seat motor is further configured to be actuated such that a final angular velocity of the toilet seat has a lowest value when dropping of said toilet seat is completed, and said seat cover motor is further configured to be actuated such that a final angular velocity of the seat cover has a lowest value when dropping of said seat cover is completed,
wherein said user detector comprises two microwave detectors located on top of the toilet and configured for detecting and analyzing a gesture of a user, and said toilet seat motor and said seat cover motor are each further configured to be automatically actuated in said male operation mode, said female operation mode or said closed mode, with said male operation mode corresponding to a situation that said microwave detectors detect the gesture of the user from left to right, said female operation mode corresponding to a situation that said microwave detectors detect the gesture of the user from right to left, and said closed mode corresponding to the situation that said microwave detectors detect no gesture of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,244,903

SCISSOR-STYLE TOILET BRUSH

The Libman Company, Arco...

1. A cleaning implement comprising:A cleaning attachment comprising a head with a non-circular cross section connected to a first side of a substantially planar support, and further comprising a cleaning pad secured to a second opposite side of the substantially planar support;
a first elongated member comprising a first handle, a first jaw, and a first shaft connecting the first handle and the first jaw; and
a second elongated member comprising a second handle, a second jaw, and a second shaft connecting the second handle and the second jaw,
wherein the second elongated member is configured to be affixed to the first elongated member at a pivot point such that the second elongated member may rotate about the pivot point, relative to the first elongated member, from a closed position, where the elongated members are essentially aligned with each other and where the first jaw and the second jaw are in contact with each other, to an open position, where the first jaw and the second jaw are not in contact with each other; and
wherein the first jaw and second jaw are configured to, when in the closed position, define a cavity shaped and sized to receive the head of the cleaning attachment and grasp the head of the cleaning attachment between them in a fixed position; and
wherein the head has one or more flat, outer surfaces, and wherein the first and second jaw collectively have one or more flat, inner surfaces defining at least part of the cavity, and wherein the inner and outer flat surfaces are adjacent to each other when the head is in the fixed position such that the flat surfaces prevent relative movement between the head and the jaws.

US Pat. No. 10,244,902

BACK SCRUBBER FOR USE WITH A WASHCLOTH

1. A back scrubber for use with a washcloth comprising:an elongate shaft having a proximal end and a distal end;
a frame attached to the distal end of the shaft and defining an inner area over which the washcloth wraps to define a back scrubbing surface;
a plurality of flexible teeth extending from the frame toward the center of the inner area with each tooth terminating at a tip such that the tips of the teeth form an opening through which an excess portion of the washcloth that wraps over the inner area and the frame enters to be in contact with an under side of the back scrubbing surface of the washcloth, wherein the opening defined by the tips of the teeth is sufficiently large to receive the excess portion so as to form a generally convex compliant back scrubbing surface of the washcloth, and wherein when the back scrubbing surface is pushed against the skin, the tips of the teeth move toward each other to grab the excess portion of the washcloth tighter to more securely fix the washcloth in place.

US Pat. No. 10,244,901

LEVITATION FLUID DISPENSER

OP-Hygiene IP GmbH, Nied...

13. A method of dispensing a fluid characterized by:sensing when a user is proximate to a levitator device, and
on sensing a user to be proximate to the levitator device, aerodynamically levitating in air a first drop of the fluid with an upwardly directed flow of air for a period of time at a height above the levitator device within a range of positions where the drop is accessible to be taken by a user's hand,
wherein the range of positions where the drop is accessible to be taken by the user's hand permits the drop to be grasped by the user's hand without the user's hand engaging anything other than the drop and the air within which the drop is levitated.

US Pat. No. 10,244,900

CUTTING AND DISPLAY TRAY FOR CUTTING PROPORTIONAL SIZED PIECES OF PIZZA

Nuova Vita Corporation, ...

1. A pizza cutting guide comprising:a circular base for supporting and cutting pizza,
said base having first and second planar surfaces, at least one circular centering guide, and a plurality of self-centering cutting grooves formed in at least one of the planar surfaces that intersect to subdivide the surface into a plurality of equal sized, equally spaced pie-shaped segments to facilitate, center, and guide the movement of a cutting utensil in cutting the pizza, and
an elongate handle extending from the base,
wherein the base and the elongate handle define a peripheral edge,
wherein said at least one centering guide disposed inwardly from said peripheral edge on the planar surface having said cutting grooves;
wherein said at least one centering guide facilitates the placement of the pizza in the center of the cutting surface; and
wherein each of said cutting grooves has terminal ends and a middle portion,
wherein the middle portion has a uniform width and depth, and has a V-shaped cross section that that opens toward said the planar surface having said cutting grooves;
wherein flared openings end on said peripheral edge and are widest at the peripheral edge and taper to the width of the middle portions; and
wherein said plurality of cutting grooves are equally spaced to facilitate cutting equal size slices of pizza;
wherein one of said cutting grooves extends on and along said elongate handle and one of its flared openings is located at an end of said elongate handle.

US Pat. No. 10,244,899

DISPOSABLE COVERS FOR HOT HANDLES

Spellbound Development Gr...

1. A flat sheet of material having a length, a width, and a thickness defined by a distance between a top surface and a bottom surface, the sheet comprising:each of at least first, second and third perforated tear lines disposed at least part way across the width of the sheet, wherein the first tear line is distanced from the second tear line by between 2 and 8 inches, inclusive, and the second tear line is distanced from the third tear line by between 2 and 8 inches, inclusive; and
wherein the length, width, and thickness selected such that tearing the sheet along the first, second, and third tear lines will produce at least a first section suitable to be rolled into a tube sized and dimensioned to fit around a handle of a cooking pot or pan, the thickness is at least 3 mm;
a first pattern of first connectors on at least a first side of the first section and
a second pattern of second connectors on at least a second side of the first section, wherein the first pattern interlocks with the second pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,244,898

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED PREPARATION OF FOOD-BASED MATERIALS

1. An apparatus for preparation of food items, comprising:a first food ingredient dispensing head defining a first drive lock and a first base member;
a second food ingredient dispensing head defining a second drive lock and a second base member;
a robot assembly within reach of the first and second food ingredient dispensing heads, the robot assembly having a dispensing master comprising:
a product head adapter configured to selectively couple to the first drive lock or the second drive lock of either food ingredient dispensing head; and
clamping arms configured to selectively slide over the base member of either food ingredient dispensing head;
the first and second food ingredient dispensing heads are each selected from a group consisting of: a sauce dispensing head configured to dispense sauce, a cheese dispensing head configured to dispense cheese, a sliced food dispensing head configured to slice and dispense food, and a ground food dispensing head configured to dispense ground food, wherein the dispensing master is operably connectible to each of the first and second food ingredient dispensing heads;
a support surface configured to store the first and second food ingredient dispensing heads within reach of the robot assembly;
a food preparation surface within reach of the robot assembly for preparing food items; and
a controller in electronic communication with the robot assembly via a communication link.

US Pat. No. 10,244,897

SPATULA FOR CULINARY USE

TECHFOOD SNC DI IORI ANGE...

1. A food preparation method comprising the steps of:spreading a food product in liquid or creamy state on a cooling plane to form a layer of food product that changes to solid or pasty state through the effect of cooling; and
subsequently scraping said cooling plane using a spatula to detach at least one portion of said layer, wherein said spatula includes at least three parts that can be separated from each other and that are a spatula body made of plastics for foodstuffs, an insert made of metal removably fixed to a lower side of said spatula body, and an element made of metal removably fixed to an upper side of said spatula body, a scraping edge of said spatula being arranged on said insert, said insert including an upper surface that is bounded at the front by said scraping edge and behind by a rear edge, said rear edge being contiguous to an upper surface of said upper side of said spatula body, said element including a protrusion that emerges from said upper surface of said upper side of said spatula body at a distance from said rear edge, a portion of said spatula body being interposed between said element and said insert, said element being connected to said insert by means of at least one stem inserted into a hole obtained in said portion of said spatula body;wherein, during said scraping step, said protrusion meets said detached layer portion and deflects the portion to promote rolling up thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,244,896

FRYING MACHINE

FOODS TEC LTD., Tochigi ...

1. A frying machine comprising: a frying tank with an open top; a frying tank cover adapted to openably close the open top of the frying tank; and a frying basket put in and out of the frying tank, the frying machine being configured to heat oil contained in the frying tank, the frying basket containing frying ingredients is placed in the frying tank and the open top of the frying tank is closed with the frying tank cover, and fry the frying ingredients in the oil in the frying tank,the frying machine further comprising a first transfer mechanism adapted to move the frying basket in a vertical direction together with the frying tank cover, and
a second transfer mechanism adapted to horizontally move the frying basket and frying tank cover moved upward by the first transfer mechanism,
wherein when the frying basket and the frying tank cover are moved downward by the first transfer mechanism from above the frying tank, the top of the frying tank is closed with the frying tank cover with the frying basket placed in the frying tank, and
ingredients are carried into the frying basket and fried food is carried out of the frying basket by moving the frying basket and the frying tank cover to above the frying tank using the first transfer mechanism, moving the frying basket and the frying tank cover to a predetermined position in a horizontal direction using the second transfer mechanism, and causing the frying basket to descend to a predetermined ingredient input position or fried food output position using the first transfer mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,244,895

AUTOMATED GRILL CLEANING SYSTEM

1. An automated grill cleaning system comprising:a cooking unit being configured to cook, said cooking unit having a housing and a grill being positioned in said housing, said housing having an outer wall, said outer wall of said housing having an exposed edge, said outer wall having a first lateral side, said grill being substantially aligned with said exposed edge; and
a cleaning unit being coupled to said cooking unit, said cleaning unit being positioned on said outer wall, said cleaning unit selectively engaging said grill, said cleaning unit urging itself to travel along said grill wherein said cleaning unit is configured to abrade debris from said grill, said cleaning unit comprises a mount being removably coupled to said housing, said mount comprising:
a first arm having a first end, a second end and an exterior surface extending between said first end and said second end, said exterior surface having a first side, a second side and a third side, said second side coextensively abutting said exposed edge of said outer wall, said first arm being positioned on said first lateral side of said outer wall having said third side facing said grill, said first arm being substantially hollow, said third side having a slot extending therethrough, said slot being substantially coextensive with said first arm.

US Pat. No. 10,244,894

RADIANT EMBERS COOKING SYSTEM

The Boltz Group, LLC, Ad...

1. A method for making a heat tent for a cooking grill comprising a burner, the method comprising:a. cutting a sheet metal according to a predetermined profile;
b. preparing a plurality of openings at predetermined intervals on the sheet metal;
c. bending the sheet to a predetermined angle along the central line to form a central ridge portion, a first sloped surface and a second sloped surface of the heat tent, wherein first sloped surface and a second sloped surface meet along the ridge;
e. fixing a bracket to the sloped surfaces, wherein the bracket is designed to create a space between the bracket and the sloped surface; and
f. removably placing a screen into the space between the bracket and the sloped surface to cover the openings, the screen for protecting the burner from grease or other food drippings.

US Pat. No. 10,244,893

SANDWICH MAKING APPLIANCE AND METHOD OF MAKING A SANDWICH WITH THE SAME

Hamilton Beach Brands, In...

1. An appliance for cooking a food item, the appliance comprising:a bottom housing having a top surface;
a top housing having a bottom surface, the top housing being movably attached to the bottom housing, the top housing selectively moveable between a closed position and an open position; and
a cooking assembly positionable between the top surface of the bottom housing and the bottom surface of the top housing when the top housing is in the closed position, the cooking assembly comprising a top heated plate, a bottom heated plate, and a center ring therebetween;
the cooking assembly's top heated plate is selectively movable between (i) an open position and (ii) a closed position in which a top cooking cavity is selectively formed by the cooking assembly's top heated plate and the bottom surface of the top housing when the top housing is in its closed position;
the cooking assembly's bottom heated plate is selectively movable between (i) an open position and (ii) a closed position in which a bottom cooking cavity is selectively formed by the top surface of the bottom housing and the bottom heated plate;
the cooking assembly further comprising a center cooking cavity selectively formed by the top heated plate, the center ring, and the bottom heated plate when the top and bottom heated plates are in their respective closed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,244,892

LIQUID CONTAINER AND MODULE FOR ADJUSTING TEMPERATURE OF LIQUID IN CONTAINER

Ember Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A module for adjusting a temperature of a liquid in a container, comprising:an elongate portion sized for insertion into a container configured to hold a liquid, the elongate portion having an outer surface configured to contact the liquid in the container about the circumference of the elongate portion, the elongate portion housing therein one or more heating or cooling elements configured to facilitate heat transfer between at least a portion of the elongate portion and the liquid in the container; and
an adaptor removably coupleable to a proximal end of the elongate portion, the adaptor having an inner circumferential wall that defines a central opening of the adaptor into which the proximal end of the elongate portion at least partially extends when coupled to the adaptor so that the inner circumferential wall is disposed about an outer circumferential wall of the elongate portion, the adaptor further comprising an outer circumferential wall spaced apart from the inner circumferential wall so as to define one or more passages therebetween that extend linearly along an entire length of the adaptor and that allow a fluid to pass therethrough, the adaptor further comprising a rim at a proximal end of the outer circumferential wall, the rim extending radially outward from the outer circumferential wall,
wherein the adaptor is configured to couple to an opening of the container such that the rim of the adaptor contacts a rim of the container that defines the opening of the container and so that the outer circumferential wall of the adaptor is disposed in the opening of the container against an inner wall of the container that defines the opening of the container so that the elongate portion extends into the container so that at least a portion of the elongate portion is submerged in the liquid in the container, the one or more passages configured to allow the liquid to exit the vessel while the module is disposed in the container, thereby allowing a user to consume the liquid in the container while the module is disposed in the container.

US Pat. No. 10,244,891

KITCHEN APPLIANCE COATED BY DOT METHOD AND METHOD OF PREPARING THE SAME

1. A kitchen appliance coated by a dot method, the kitchen appliance comprising:a primer coating layer formed on a surface of the kitchen appliance, wherein a thickness of the primer coating is in a range of 10 um to 12 um, wherein the primer coating layer comprises 63 wt % to 74 wt % of polyamideimide dissolved in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP), 3 wt % to 5 wt % of water, 15 wt % to 18 wt % of a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) dispersion, 2 wt % to 4 wt % of a carbon black dispersion, and 6 wt % to 10 wt % of a silica dispersion;
a dot layer formed in a dot shape on a surface of the primer coating layer by repetitive point spraying a coating solution of dot particles, wherein a thickness of the dot layer is in a range of 130 um to 150 um; and
a top coating layer is further formed on the dot layer, the top coat having a thickness in a range of 8 um to 12 um;
wherein the dot particles are individually adhered to the primer coating layer by the point spraying to form a surface and has an average diameter of 5 um to 10 mm when being adhered to the primer coating layer by the point spraying;
wherein an area ratio of the dot layer to the primer coating layer is in a range of 60% to 98%;
wherein the dot layer is spattered by a point spraying method in which the dot layer is formed by overlapping 0 to 20 layers of the dot particles and various colors of the dot layer are obtained by simultaneously or individually point spraying through a plurality of nozzles respectively including coating solutions of various colors; and
wherein a liquid component of the dot particles point sprayed in a form of a liquid is dried during drying to be separated into the individual dot particle to cause irregularities at an upper end portion of the dot layer in view of the entire dot layer.

US Pat. No. 10,244,890

BEVERAGE PREPARATION DEVICE AND OPERATING METHOD

1. A beverage preparation device, comprising at least one water pump for supplying water to a first continuous-flow heater (17), which is embodied for generating hot water, and to a second continuous-flow heater (18), which is also embodied for generating hot water and/or for generating steam, and comprising a control unit for controlling the at least one pump (15, 16) as well as the continuous-flow heaters (17, 18) for realizing different operating modes,wherein the first continuous-flow heater (17) is connected to a first inlet (3) of a manifold valve (21) via a first connecting line (20) and the second continuous-flow heater (18) is connected to a second inlet (1) of the same manifold valve (21) via a second connecting line (22), and wherein the manifold valve (21) is embodied in such a manner that the first inlet (3) and the second inlet (1) are fluidically connected to separate outlets in a first switch position and that the first inlet (3) as well as the second inlet (1) are fluidically connected to a common outlet in a second switch position, and wherein the manifold valve (21) is a disk valve, comprising disks, which can be rotated relative to one another via an electric motor for setting different switch positions.

US Pat. No. 10,244,889

MULTI-PURPOSE COFFEE MAKER POD HOLDER

1. A multi-purpose beverage pod holder for a beverage brewing apparatus, comprising:a flange having a planar front side including first and second members joined at a central necked element;
a wall extending orthogonally from the flange, the wall including an indicator to signal the brewing apparatus of an orientation of the pod holder;
a first cylindrical wall defining a first packet retaining member, the first cylindrical wall implemented on a first surface of the pod holder, the first cylindrical wall having a first diameter; and
a second cylindrical wall on a second surface of the pod holder, the second surface opposite the first surface of the pod holder, the second cylindrical wall having a second diameter that is larger than the first diameter and defining a second packet retaining member;
wherein a first orientation of the pod holder indicates to the brewing apparatus the first packet retainer member is in use, and a second orientation of the pod holder indicates to the brewing apparatus the second packet retainer member is in use; and
wherein the flange locks the pod holder in the brewing apparatus when a pod securing mechanism of the brewing apparatus closes on the pod holder.

US Pat. No. 10,244,888

SYSTEM FOR MIXING BEVERAGES AND METHOD OF DOING THE SAME

Gudpod Corp., Newburgh, ...

1. A method of making a beverage using a machine, the method comprising:receiving, in the machine, a module having a code thereon, the module having a plurality of compartments therein storing a composition, each of the plurality of compartments being separated from the other of the plurality of compartments to prevent cross contamination between the plurality of compartments, the composition being sealed within the plurality of compartments via a sealing membrane;
responsive to the receiving the module, reading, via a scanner of the machine, the code on the module to obtain information associated with how to mix the composition;
receiving a vessel in the machine such that the vessel is engaged therewith; and
responsive to receiving an input, via the machine, to initiate operation of the machine, operating the machine to make the beverage based at least in part on the obtained information, the operating including:
puncturing the sealing membrane such that the composition falls from the module into the vessel;
introducing a potable liquid into the vessel from a reservoir of the machine; and
mixing, via a mixing paddle, the composition and the potable liquid in the vessel to make the beverage from a bottom orientation of the vessel, the mixing including rotating the mixing paddle.

US Pat. No. 10,244,887

CAPSULE FOR AN EXTRACTION MATERIAL, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE CAPSULE, AND DEVICE FOR BREWING COFFEE

QBO COFFEE GMBH, Wallise...

1. A portion capsule, comprising:an outer wall, said outer wall enclosing a closed capsule volume by a plurality of outer wall portions integrally connected to one another;
a separation element, the separation element dividing the closed capsule volume into an extraction material region filled by an extraction material and an empty region not containing any extraction material; and
a plurality of liquid channels, the liquid channels being connected in a liquid tight manner with the separation element and being connected in a liquid tight manner with the outer wall at a liquid channel mouth location;
wherein the separation element comprises a liquid permeable passage between the extraction material region and the liquid channels but is liquid tight between the extraction material region and the empty region;
whereby liquid is capable of flowing between
a liquid channel mouth passage through the outer wall at the liquid channel mouth location,
and an extraction material region passage through the outer wall from the extraction material region at a second location,
substantially without entering the empty region, and
wherein the outer capsule wall is liquid tight at the second location, and wherein the extraction material passage needs to be generated by disrupting the outer capsule wall at second location.

US Pat. No. 10,244,886

BREWING APPARATUS FOR EXTRACTING A PORTION CAPSULE

1. A brewing apparatus for extracting a portion capsule, comprising a first brewing chamber element and a second brewing chamber element, wherein the first or the second brewing chamber element is movable in an axial direction between a loading position, in which the first and the second brewing chamber elements are spaced apart from each other, and an extraction position, in which the first and the second brewing chamber elements form a substantially closed brewing chamber, wherein, upon movement of the first or the second brewing chamber element from the loading position into the extraction position, the portion capsule is first perforated by at least one first perforation means of the first brewing chamber element and then is perforated by at least one second perforation means of the second brewing chamber element, the first brewing chamber element has a perforation element which comprises a base surface and the at least one first perforation means formed on a peripheral region of the base surface in a circumferential direction, the at least one first perforation means has a linear cross section which is bent along a circumference of the base surface to protrude perpendicularly from the peripheral region of the base surface, the at least one first perforation means being positioned at a constant radius about a central point of the base surface, the at least one first perforation means cooperates with an edge region of the portion capsule to ensure a more reliable perforation operation, wherein liquid flows at angles through the portion capsule to increase an interaction distance and interaction time between the liquid and contents of the portion capsule.

US Pat. No. 10,244,885

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A REUSABLE BEVERAGE FUNNEL FILTER

1. A system to brew a predetermined amount of liquid comprising:a funnel with conical sidewalls with a first outlet;
a cartridge holder being configured to be removable coupled with the funnel, the cartridge holder being configured to receive liquid from the first outlet, the cartridge holder including a support structure positioned on a lower end of the cartridge holder, the support structure having a second outlet and an oblong shape, the support structure securing the system in an upright position, wherein a bottom length of the support structure is longer than a diameter of an upper surface of the cartridge holder, the bottom length of the support structure is shorter than a diameter of an upper surface of the funnel, and a bottom width of the support structure is shorter than the diameter of the upper surface of the cartridge holder, and the bottom width is shorter than the bottom length, wherein the support structure is positioned below the cartridge holder;
a tack positioned on the support structure, the tack being configured to extend into a lower surface of a hollow body of the cartridge holder, the tack being configured to puncture a brewing pod positioned within the cartridge holder, the tack including a stem and a conical top, a first circumference of the stem being less than a second circumference of a base of the conical top, wherein the conical top includes a cutout extending around ninety degrees of the conical top from an apex of the conical top to the base, the base being positioned adjacent to the stem, the tack being misaligned with a center of the support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,244,884

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A BEVERAGE

Sestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. A method for producing a beverage from a capsule containing at least one beverage ingredient, the method comprising:feeding a first volume of water into the capsule for prewetting the at least one beverage ingredient;
interrupting the flow of water into the capsule for a predetermined waiting time;
feeding a second volume of water into the capsule for extracting the at least one beverage ingredient; and
dispensing the produced beverage; and
wherein a time point of interrupting the flow of water into the capsule is determined by evaluating a measurement signal output by a flow meter that measures the flow of water into the capsule, and wherein the time point is determined at least based on a gradient of a flow rate gradient evaluated from the measurement signal of the flow meter.

US Pat. No. 10,244,883

BAYONET-FITTING PRESSURE COOKER PROVIDED WITH GUIDE ELEMENTS

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A cooking utensil for cooking food under pressure comprising:a vessel;
a lid;
a bayonet-fitting locking system comprising a first series and a second series of locking projections integral respectively with the lid and with the vessel;
a lid subassembly that comprises said lid and a support attached to said lid in such a manner that said lid can pivot relative to said support, said lid subassembly and said vessel being configured to associate with each other in at least a first arrangement in which the lid overlies the vessel so that said first series of projections are significantly higher than said second series of projections, and a second arrangement obtained from said first arrangement by moving said lid subassembly downwards until said first series of projections are significantly lower than said second series of projections, said support and said vessel also being provided respectively with complementary first and second guide elements that are configured to co-operate mutually whenever said lid subassembly and said vessel are associated with each other in said first arrangement in order to guide said lid subassembly as it moves downwards; and
a first positioning element that is carried by said support and that is configured to interact mechanically with a complementary second positioning element carried by the vessel, when said lid subassembly and said vessel are associated with each other in said second arrangement, so as to lock a relative angular positioning of the support and of the vessel in a horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 10,244,882

COOKING VESSEL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

KIMS HOLDING CO., LTD., ...

1. A method for manufacturing a non-stick cooking vessel, the method comprising the steps of: applying a photosensitive paint to a surface of a stainless steel plate to form a photosensitive paint layer; applying a film to a surface of the photosensitive paint layer, the film composed of black portions and transparent portions interspersed to create dotted patterns of the transparent portions surrounded by the black portions; irradiating the film with ultraviolet rays to only cure the photosensitive paint disposed underneath the dotted patterns of the transparent portions; removing the film, uncured portions of the photosensitive paint layer disposed underneath the black portions of the film, and a portion of the stainless steel plate disposed underneath the uncured portions of the photosensitive paint layer; followed by removing any remaining cured photosensitive paint layer to form a plurality of recessed portions in the stainless steel plate at locations underneath where the black portions of the film were prior to being removed, and to form raised portions in the dotted patterns in the stainless steel plate at locations underneath where the dotted patterns of the transparent portions of the film were prior to being removed, and thus forming a plurality of hexagonal structures on the stainless steel plate defined by a plurality of lines of dots, the dots having a diameter of 0.5 mm and comprising the raised portions; and forming a coating layer having a non-stick function only on the recessed portions of the stainless steel plate, thereby providing the non-stick cooking vessel, wherein the recessed portions have a depth of from 0.06-0.08 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,244,881

DRAPE HAVING STABILIZER

Hunter Douglas Inc., Pea...

1. A drape system comprising:a drapery support;
a panel of material having a length, a width, a top edge, a front, a back, a first side edge, a second side edge opposite the first side edge, the panel having a series of spaced apart pleats and a single pocket, the single pocket positioned adjacent the first side edge of the panel, the panel connected to the drapery support in a manner which enables the panel to move along the drapery support from a closed, drawn position to an open, stacked position; and
a stabilizer within the pocket, the stabilizer connected to the drapery support.

US Pat. No. 10,244,880

BEVERAGE CONTAINERS, HEAT TRANSFER PAD, AND RELATED SYSTEM AND METHODS

1. A beverage container comprising:a base having a base lateral dimension;
a stem extending upwardly from a stem lower end coupled to the base to a stem upper end, the stem having a heat pipe extending between the stem lower end and the stem upper end, and the stem having a stem lateral dimension smaller than the base lateral dimension; and
a bowl coupled to the stem upper end and extending upwardly of the stem, the bowl defining a liquid chamber having an upper opening.

US Pat. No. 10,244,879

BEVERAGE CARAFE WITH IMPROVED LIQUID FLOW

Hamilton Beach Brands, In...

1. A beverage carafe comprising:a beverage reservoir;
a channel for directing a flow of liquid from the reservoir when the carafe is tilted for dispensing the liquid, the channel having a floor and an elongated protrusion projecting upward from the floor, the protrusion being transverse to the flow of the liquid through the channel and having a curved distal face and curved sides;
a throat positioned such that the liquid flows from the reservoir through the throat to the channel;
a flapper that pivots between a down position in which the throat is at least partly closed off and an up position for dispensing, the flapper having a concave bottom surface to direct the flow of the liquid toward the channel; and
wherein the throat has opposing flat side edges such that opposing vent openings are defined between the concave bottom surface of the flapper and the flat side edges of the throat when the flapper is in the down position.

US Pat. No. 10,244,878

SLEEPING SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

1. A sleeping support assembly comprising:a first cushion configured for supporting a torso of a user, said first cushion having a first end and a second end;
a second cushion coupled to and extending from said first end of said first cushion, said second cushion having a first endpoint and a second endpoint, said first endpoint being positioned proximate to said first end of said first cushion, said second cushion having a first face and a second face;
a penetration positioned and extending fully through said second cushion, said penetration being substantially oval shaped;
wherein said penetration is positioned through said second cushion such that said penetration is configured for supporting a head of the user who is pronely positioned upon said first cushion such that a spine of the user is aligned and wherein arms of the user are positioned such that blood flow to the arms is unimpaired;
a cutout positioned in said first face of said second cushion, said cutout being fluidically coupled to said penetration, wherein said cutout is positioned in said second cushion such that said cutout is configured for allowing airflow to the head of the user, said cutout defining an arcuate surface such that said arcuate surface is increasing in slope extending away from said second end of said first cushion when said second face is positioned on a top of said first cushion; and a strap coupled to and extending between said first end of said first cushion and said first endpoint of said second cushion, said strap being positioned proximate to said top of said first cushion and said second face of said second cushion, wherein said strap is positioned on said first cushion such that said strap is positioned for positioning said second face of said second cushion upon said top of said first cushion such that said cutout is configured for supporting the head of the user who is positioned semi-supinely upon said first cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,244,877

FLEXIBLE PILLOW DEVICE

1. A flexible pillow device, comprising: a plurality of pillow members; each pillow member having a pair of sides, a length, a height, an upper surface, and a lower surface; whereby each pillow member is connected to at least one adjacent pillow member along one of its sides; whereby each pillow member further comprises an outermost lateral portion along the sides thereof; whereby each pillow member is connected to an adjacent pillow member via a pivotal connection disposed at each outermost lateral portion; whereby each pillow member is rotatable relative to an adjacent pillow member about the pivotal connection such that the plurality of pillow members can operably form a flat shape or an arch shape with an open interior; wherein the pair of sides is configured to bear against an adjacent pillow member of the plurality of pillow members in the arch shape in a self-supporting position, wherein the arch shape is configured to support a head resting thereon and retain die arch shape; wherein: each of the pillow members comprises a rectangular cross section with a pair of upper corners and a pair of lower corners; the lower corners being inboard of the upper corners such that the sides of each pillow member are chamfered inward.

US Pat. No. 10,244,876

ZONED SHEETS

Bedgear, LLC, Farmingdal...

1. A zoned bed sheet comprising:opposite first and second vertical sidewalls;
opposite third and fourth vertical sidewalls that each extend between the first and second vertical sidewalls, outer surfaces of the first, second, third and fourth vertical sidewalls defining a circumference of the zoned bed sheet;
a horizontal wall extending between the first and second vertical sidewalls and between the third and fourth vertical sidewalls, the first, second, third and fourth vertical sidewalls each including a first edge that directly engages the horizontal wall and an opposite second edge, the horizontal wall comprising a plurality of zones, the zones being spaced apart from one another by a first material, the first material comprising a warp knit, at least one of the zones comprising a second material that is different than the first material; and
an elastic band extending around the circumference of the zoned bed sheet, the band being positioned between the first edges and the second edges.

US Pat. No. 10,244,875

ADJUSTABLE MEDIA FRAME

Sean Lydon, Methuen, MA ...

1. A media frame comprising:an adjustable upper rail;
wherein the adjustable upper rail includes a first upper rail member and a second upper rail member;
wherein the first upper rail member slides in or over the second upper rail member to adjust the upper rail;
a center media fastener that is removable and repositionable along the adjustable upper rail;
a hanging pendant member; and
wherein the first upper rail member and the second upper rail member each contain at least one hanging connection point connecting the hanging pendant member to the adjustable upper rail of the media frame.

US Pat. No. 10,244,874

FOLDOVER FOR LOSS PREVENTION AND IMPROVED MERCHANDISING

Contempo Card Company, P...

1. An anti-theft display hanger for supporting an article, comprising: a first member having an outer surface, an inner surface, a top portion, a bottom portion and a thickness defined between the outer surface and inner surface; a second member having an outer surface, an inner surface, a top portion, a bottom portion and a thickness defined between the outer surface and inner surface, the second member being constructed and arranged to overlay at least a portion of the first member in an assembled position; a gusset disposed between the bottom portion of the first member and the bottom portion of the second member and having one or more dielines wherein said dielines create two flaps when the hanger is assembled and further wherein said flaps contain apertures that line up when the hanger is assembled; a recess in one or both members in which to support an electronic article surveillance sensor, the recess being sized to support the sensor therein and having a depth dependent upon the thickness of the first member such that upon supporting the sensor within the recess, the sensor is planar with or below the inner surface of the first member; an engagement member constructed and arranged to support the hanger on a display; means in which to secure the first member to the second member when assembled; and means to secure said article to said hanger; wherein upon assembling the hanger, the second member overlays the first member so as to conceal the electronic article surveillance sensor, the flaps when folded in and towards each other so that the apertures contained therein allow for the securing means to be threaded through said apertures and thereafter capable of securing said article to said hanger, provided when said article is secured to the hanger said article is unable to move within said hanger.

US Pat. No. 10,244,873

ADJUSTABLE PRODUCT DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD

iSee Store Innovations, L...

1. A system for containing and refrigerating one or more products, the system comprising:a refrigerated compartment including a refrigerating chamber and a transparent door having an interior surface and an exterior surface, wherein the transparent door is configured to be selectively moved between open and closed positions to expose and close the refrigerating chamber, wherein the interior surface is positioned within the refrigerating chamber when the transparent door is in the closed position; and
an adjustable product display system mounted to one of the interior surface or the exterior surface, the adjustable product display system comprising:
a bin assembly having an adjustable length, wherein the bin assembly defines a retaining chamber, wherein the bin assembly comprises a first bin moveably secured to a second bin, wherein the first bin is moveable relative to the second bin to adjust a length of the retaining chamber, wherein the first bin comprises a first retaining track defining a first retaining channel at a first upper edge of a first rear wall and a second retaining track defining a second retaining channel at a first front edge of a first base, wherein the second bin comprises a second upper edge, a second front edge, and a second base, wherein the first retaining track and the second retaining track of the first bin slidably retain the second upper edge and the second front edge of the second bin, wherein the first retraining track and the second retraining track are configured to allow the first bin to linearly translate with respect to the second bin;
at least one product-supporting insert that is configured to be selectively positioned in and removed from the retaining chamber, wherein the at least one product-supporting insert has a first wall, a second wall, a third wall and a fourth wall and two open ends, wherein the first wall has a first retaining interface, wherein the first retaining interface is configured to retain at least one product that is a first size and shape, wherein the second wall has a second retaining interface that differs from the first retaining interface, wherein the second retaining interface is configured to retain at least one second product having a second size and shape that differs from the first size and shape, the third wall has a third retaining interface that differs from the first and second retaining interfaces, wherein the third retaining interface is configured to retain at least one third product having a third size and shape that differs from the first and second sizes and shapes, the fourth wall having a fourth retaining interface that differs from the first, second and third retaining interfaces, wherein the fourth retaining interface is configured to retain at least one fourth product having a fourth size and shape that differs from the first, second, and third sizes and shapes: wherein the at least one product supporting insert is configured to be positioned underneath an upper lip within the retaining chamber between a first orientation that displays the at least one first product, a second orientation that displays the at least one second product, a third orientation that displays the at least one third product, and a fourth orientation that displays the at least one fourth product; and
at least one suction cup assembly that removably mounts the adjustable product display system to the interior surface or the exterior surface, wherein the at least one suction cup assembly is configured to limit the adjustable length of the bin assembly, wherein the at least one suction cup assembly is configured to retain an end of a sign.

US Pat. No. 10,244,872

HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE CHILD SUPPORT DEVICE

KIDS II, INC., Atlanta, ...

1. A child support device, comprising:a base member adapted to rest on a support surface;
at least one upright frame member ascending from the base member;
a cap with a guiding channel therethrough arranged at an upper end of the at least one upright frame member;
a seat assembly suspended from the at least one upright frame member;
at least one support member extending through the guiding channel of the cap and having a first end attached to the seat assembly and a second end configured for repositionable engagement with the at least one upright frame member to adjust a height of the seat assembly relative to the support surface; and
a coupling component located on the second end of the at least one support member and a receiving component mounted to or integrally formed with an upper portion of the at least one upright frame member, wherein the receiving component defines a plurality of receiving sites, each corresponding to a different height adjustment of the seat assembly, wherein the height of the seat assembly is adjusted by engaging the coupling component with a selected one of the receiving sites;
wherein the receiving sites of the receiving component include at least one of notches and slots;
wherein the coupling component comprises a tab member adapted to be received in one of the notches or slots.

US Pat. No. 10,244,871

CUSHION

1. A cushion, including:a first recoverable layer, having a first flow passageway;
a second recoverable layer, having a second flow passageway;
a separation layer, located between the first and second recoverable layers, one of two ends of the separation layer having a passage, the first flow passageway, the passage and the second flow passageway forming a circulation flow passageway, the first and second recoverable layers being connected with the separation layer;
an outer layer, encompassing and being connected with the first recoverable layer, the second recoverable layer and a side portion of the separation layer.

US Pat. No. 10,244,870

GAMING CHAIR

1. A gaming chair comprising:a seat support, a back support, a right arm rest, a left arm rest and a rotating wheeled base extending downward from the seat support;
said seat support having a top surface, a bottom surface, a rear edge, a front edge, a right side edge and a left side edge;
a footrest supported by at least one elongated foot rest support extending from the seat support;
at least one upper mounting bracket secured to the gaming chair in a position that is substantially parallel to the right arm rest and the left arm rest;
said at least one upper mounting bracket having a plurality of attachment points located thereon;
said plurality of attachment points being a plurality of apertures spaced apart along said at least one upper mounting bracket; and
at least one upper support surface attached to the at least one upper mounting bracket via at least one attachment point of the plurality of attachment points located on the at least one upper mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,244,869

STADIUM CHAIR

Stadium Holding, Inc., S...

1. A stadium chair, comprising:a seat frame; having;
a first tab; and
a second tab;
a backrest frame pivotally coupled to the seat frame between the first tab and the second tab for rotation about an axis, the backrest frame being capable of forward rotation about the axis toward the seat frame and rearward rotation about the axis away from the seat frame; and
a biasing element coupled to at least one of the seat frame and backrest frame for forward biasing the backrest frame toward a neutral position relative to the seat frame, the biasing element allowing for limited rearward rotation of the backrest frame from the neutral position and allowing for forward rotation of the backrest frame from the neutral position;
wherein the biasing element contacts the backrest frame; and
wherein the biasing element is located between the first tab and the second tab.

US Pat. No. 10,244,868

SLIDE RAIL ASSEMBLY

King Slide Works Co., Ltd...

1. A slide rail assembly, comprising:a first rail including a front end and a rear end;
a second rail displaceable with respect to the first rail, wherein the second rail includes a front end, a rear end, and a separating member located between the front end of the second rail and the rear end of the second rail;
a third rail displaceable with respect to the second rail, wherein the third rail includes a front end and a rear end;
a slide-facilitating device movably mounted between the separating member of the second rail and the front end of the second rail, wherein the slide-facilitating device provides support for the third rail;
a supporting structure located between the separating member of the second rail and the rear end of the second rail, wherein the supporting structure is configured for supporting the third rail when the third rail is retracted with respect to the second rail;
a first engaging mechanism movably mounted on the second rail, wherein when the second rail is displaced with respect to the first rail from a first position to a second position in a first direction and the third rail is displaced with respect to the second rail to a third position in the first direction and thus moved beyond the second rail, the rear end of the first rail and the front end of the third rail define a first length therebetween; and when the second rail is displaced from the second position to a fourth position in a second direction, the first length between the rear end of the first rail and the front end of the third rail is reduced to a second length, and the second rail is at the fourth positon with respect to the first rail thanks to the first engaging mechanism; and
a first working member and a blocking base, wherein the first working member is mounted on the third rail and is displaceable between a first working position and a second working position; the blocking base is arranged on the second rail and includes a blocking portion; when the third rail is displaced to a predetermined position in the first direction, the first working member is at the first working position and pressed against a lateral side of the blocking portion of the blocking base; and when displaced from the first working positon to the second working position, the first working member is no longer pressed against the blocking portion of the blocking base, thus allowing the third rail to be detached from the second rail.

US Pat. No. 10,244,866

MODULAR STORAGE RACK

1. A modular storage rack comprising:a first small flat panel and a second small flat panel, each comprising one flat segment;
a first large flat panel and a second large flat panel, each comprising three flat segments;
each flat segment comprising a slit extending partway through the flat segment, the slit having a slit profile;
the first large flat panel comprising a first outer flat segment, a second middle flat segment, and a third outer flat segment; and
the second large flat panel comprising a fourth outer flat segment, a fifth middle flat segment, and a sixth outer flat segment;
a first small cross panel and a second small cross panel, each comprising one cross segment;
a first large cross panel and a second large cross panel, each comprising three cross segments;
each cross segment comprising:
a first planar portion terminating in a first lip oriented out of a first plane of the first planar portion;
a second planar portion terminating in a second lip oriented out of a second plane of the second planar portion;
the first lip facing the second lip, the first lip and the second lip defining a slot for receiving the flat segment; and
an island joining the first planar portion to the second planar portion, the island disposed in the slot and between the first lip and the second lip, the island having an outer perimeter matching the slit profile, the island configured to be received in the slit;
the first large cross panel comprising a first outer cross segment, a second middle cross segment, and a third outer cross segment; and
the second large cross panel comprising a fourth outer cross segment, a fifth middle cross segment, and a sixth outer cross segment;each given flat segment matingly connected to a corresponding cross segment such that the given flat segment is received in the slot of the corresponding cross segment and the island of the corresponding cross segment is received in the slit of the given flat segment, wherein:the first outer cross segment is matingly connected to the flat segment of the first small flat panel;
the second middle cross segment is matingly connected to the second middle flat segment;
the first outer flat segment is matingly connected to the cross segment of the first small cross panel;
the third outer cross segment is matingly connected to the fourth outer flat segment;
the third outer flat segment is matingly connected to the fourth outer cross segment;
the fifth middle flat segment is matingly connected to the fifth middle cross segment;
the sixth outer cross segment is matingly connected to the flat segment of the second small flat panel; and
the sixth outer flat segment is matingly connected to the cross segment of the second small cross panel.

US Pat. No. 10,244,865

HANGER SECURITY APPARATUS

Sushila D Chawla, Jersey...

1. A hanger security apparatus for securing an access to a hook of a hanger on a rod attached to a supporting structure, comprisinga case;
at least one bottom opening formed in the case; wherein the hook of the hanger can be moved in and out of the case through the at least one bottom opening;
two side-openings formed in the case, wherein the rod is adapted to be passed through the two side-openings;
at least one door attached with the case, wherein the hook of the hanger can be accessed when the at least one door is in an open position, wherein the hook of the hanger is adapted to not be accessible when the at least one door is in a closed position;
at least one lock on the at least one door;
a first stopper on the at least one door, wherein the first stopper is configured to be above the hook of the hanger to prevent an upward movement of the hook when the at least one door is in the closed position; and
a second stopper, wherein the second stopper is configured to limit the hanger from moving axially around the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,244,864

DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR JOINING OBJECTS

PABensen Pte. Ltd., Sing...

1. A joint assembly comprising:an engagement block having a plurality of insert receiving faces;
each insert receiving face having a slot, and an aperture at a mid-point of the slot;
a plurality of inserts each having a core, at least a pair of ribs projecting from the core, a coupling at an insertion end of the core and a mount at a mounting end of the core;
a coupling pin; and
wherein the engagement block is arranged to receive the inserts, with the ribs received into the slots and the cores received into the apertures, the coupling pin arranged to be inserted into the engagement block and couple with the couplings of the inserts so as to releasably fix the inserts to the engagement block.

US Pat. No. 10,244,863

ADJUSTABLE SHELF

1. A storage apparatus comprising:a shelf having first and second planar members hingeably coupled to each other by a hinge mechanism; and
first and second walls spaced apart from each other, wherein each of the first and second walls have a means for holding the shelf at a location between the first and second walls,
wherein the shelf is configured so that the first and second planar members are pivotable at angles relative to each other about the hinge mechanism for insertion into and removing from the location between the first and second walls, wherein the means for holding the shelf at the location between the first and second walls is configured so that the shelf is positioned at the location substantially perpendicular to the first and second walls, and wherein each of the first and second walls include another means for holding the shelf at another location between the first and second walls, wherein the shelf is configured so that the first and second planar members are pivotable with respect to each other so that distal ends of the first and second planar members disengage with the means for holding the shelf at the location and the shelf is thus configured so it can be moved to the another location.

US Pat. No. 10,244,862

BENDABLE STRAP WITH DETACHABLE ACCESSORY

1. An apparatus for holding an accessory with improved accessibility comprising:a bendable strap having a deformable support member disposed within a flexible body, and a first coupling element extending from an end of the flexible body and secured to an end of the deformable support member; and
an accessory having a second coupling element formed therein, the second coupling element configured to releasably engage the first coupling element such that the accessory is detachably secured to the bendable strap, wherein the accessory comprises a storage pouch including an outer shell defining an interior cavity, the outer shell supporting the second coupling element, the storage pouch further including an insert disposed within the interior cavity and defining an accessible storage space within the insert, the insert further including a circumferential wall portion adjacent the outer shell and an inner wall portion dividing the accessible storage space into a first storage space and a second storage space;
wherein first coupling element is insertable into the second coupling element for detachably securing the bendable strap to the outer shell.

US Pat. No. 10,244,861

DESKTOP WORKSPACE THAT ADJUSTS VERTICALLY

1. A desktop workspace that adjusts vertically, comprising:a work surface platform;
a base configured to sit on an existing platform;
a height adjustment mechanism connecting the work surface platform and the base, the height adjustment mechanism including:
two sets of arms that connect at scissoring pivot points creating a scissoring motion when raising and lowering the work surface platform to various heights;
a stabilizing crossbeam that connects the two sets of arms to one another;
base pivot points fixed relative to the base and connecting the base and two sets of arms;
platform pivot points fixed relative to the work surface platform and connecting the work surface platform and the two sets of arms;
a sliding mechanism on an end of an arm of the two sets of arms between the end of the arm and either the work surface platform or the base; and
a linear actuator including a housing fixed to the work surface platform and a shaft that extends and retracts from the housing to provide a pushing and pulling force that drives the scissoring motion,
wherein the linear actuator extends along a direction generally parallel to a top surface of the work surface platform such that the pushing and pulling force of the linear actuator extends along the direction generally parallel to the top surface of the work surface platform, and
wherein a first end of the linear actuator is attached to a bottom surface of the work surface platform, and a second end of the linear actuator is attached to the stabilizing crossbeam.

US Pat. No. 10,244,860

COLLAPSIBLE TRAVEL FURNITURE

1. A collapsible traveling furniture item comprising:a rigid top panel having a first end therein and a second end;
a first rigid panel leg having a top end for supporting the first end of the rigid top panel and a transverse slot extending partially across said first rigid panel leg;
a second rigid panel leg having a top end for supporting the second end of the top panel and a transverse slot extending partially across said second rigid panel leg with the transverse slot in said first rigid panel leg slidably engageable and interlockable with the second rigid panel leg and the transverse slot therein to support the furniture item in an upright condition and;
a further rigid panel having a set of lateral spaced cross slots with a lateral spacing between a set of laterally spaced cross slot in the further rigid panel greater than a length of a spacing between the a set of lateral spaced slots in the rigid top panel so that the first panel leg and the second panel leg diverge from each other when the first panel leg and the second panel leg are in interlocking engagement with the further rigid panel and the rigid top panel.

US Pat. No. 10,244,859

BROOM ATTACHMENT, BROOM ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR USE THEREOF

Balais Nomad Inc., Mirab...

1. A broom assembly, comprising:a rotary sweeper assembly including a circular broom mount having a surface and at least one broom section mounted to the broom mount, each of the at least one broom section including a segment holding cleaning bristles;
a broom attachment, comprising:
a plurality of gutter bristles; and
a support member having a retained portion and a retaining portion, the plurality of gutter bristles extending from the retaining portion;
the retained portion being operatively mounted to the surface the broom mount, such that the gutter bristles of the broom attachment extend outwardly relative to the cleaning bristles of the at least one broom section, the broom mount having an axis of rotation that extends substantial perpendicular to the surface of the broom mount;
wherein the gutter bristles are positioned at a greater radial distance away from the axis of rotation of the broom mount than the cleaning bristles of the at least one broom section; and
a broom fastener projecting through the broom mount, the retained portion and the at least one broom section, thereby securing the broom attachment to the broom mount and the at least one broom section.

US Pat. No. 10,244,858

VIBRATING BRUSH ASSEMBLY FOR PERSONAL HYGIENE DEVICE

BZL Medical Ltd., Haboni...

1. A personal hygiene device comprising:a vibrator housed in a handle; and
a shaft coupled to said vibrator that extends from said vibrator to a brush head, said shaft being electrically conducting and comprising one or more proximal electrical contacts in electrical contact with an electrical source and one or more distal electrical contacts in electrical contact with one or more electrical elements located in said brush head, and wherein said shaft is configured to transfer vibrational energy created by said vibrator to said brush head to vibrate said brush head, and wherein said shaft comprises a first conductive sleeve electrically insulated from an inner portion of said shaft by an insulative sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,244,857

ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT AND FILAMENT FOR THE SAME

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A mechanically tapered filament for an oral care implement, the filament comprising:an elongated shaft terminating in a tip and having a mounting end portion of constant cross section and a tapered end portion;
wherein the tapered end portion has a taper length of 5 mm or more;
wherein the tapered end portion has an areal surface roughness value of at least 0.20; and
wherein the filament has a Nelson Ratio between 0.8 to 1.20.