US Pat. No. 10,456,712

RECOVERING A HYDROCARBON FLUID

R3 Oil, LLC, San Antonio...

1. A hydrocarbon recovery system, comprising:a sensor assembly comprising a sensor antenna configured to transmit a plurality of wave energy pulses of ultrasonic energy and electromagnetic energy through a waste fluid in a direction away from the sensor antenna, the waste fluid comprising a mixture of a hydrocarbon fluid and a non-hydrocarbon fluid in a hydraulic fracturing fluid recovered from a hydraulic fracturing operation, the sensor assembly configured to stratify the waste fluid into the hydrocarbon fluid in a hydrocarbon fluid layer and into the non-hydrocarbon fluid in a non-hydrocarbon fluid layer based on transmitting the plurality of wave energy pulses through the waste fluid at a first wavelength that reflects back from a first interfacial surface of the hydrocarbon fluid layer toward a top surface of the waste fluid and a second wavelength that reflects back from a second interfacial surface of the non-hydrocarbon fluid layer toward the top surface of the waste fluid, such that the hydrocarbon fluid layer and the non-hydrocarbon fluid layer are further separated, the sensor antenna further configured to receive a plurality of reflected wave energy pulses transmitted through the waste fluid in a direction toward the sensor antenna, the sensor assembly further configured to determine a level difference between the first interfacial surface of the hydrocarbon fluid layer that comprises the hydrocarbon fluid and the second interfacial surface of the non-hydrocarbon fluid layer that comprises the non-hydrocarbon fluid based, at least in part, on the plurality of reflected wave energy pulses, and generate a signal based on the determined level difference; and
a hydrocarbon fluid pumping assembly communicably coupled to the sensor assembly to receive the generated signal, the hydrocarbon fluid pumping assembly configured to operate, based at least in part on the generated signal, to circulate a portion of the hydrocarbon fluid in the hydrocarbon fluid layer from the waste fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,456,711

LIQUID-LIQUID MASS TRANSFER PROCESS AND APPARATUS

Merichem Company, Housto...

1. A fiber bundle liquid-liquid contactor comprising:a vessel comprising:
a first inlet;
a second inlet;
a mixing zone arranged in the vessel to receive a first liquid from the first inlet and a second liquid from the second inlet, wherein the mixing zone comprises an inductor fluidically coupled to the second inlet for the second liquid; and
an extraction zone comprising a fiber bundle arranged in the vessel to receive the first liquid and the second liquid from the mixing zone,
wherein the inductor comprises:
a reducer body with a flow path therein and fluidically coupled to the second inlet;
a first reducer cone disposed on the reducer body such that the flow path disposed in the reducer body extends through the first reducer cone; and
a second reducer cone, wherein the second reducer cone is spaced apart from an outlet of the first reducer cone.

US Pat. No. 10,456,710

LIQUID CRYSTAL MATERIAL PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD OF PROCESSING LIQUID CRYSTAL MATERIAL, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL, AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Mina...

1. A method of processing a liquid crystal material, comprising:agitating and mixing the liquid crystal material and pure water in a syringe accommodated in a vacuum chamber, purifying the liquid crystal material by transferring water-soluble impurities contained in the liquid crystal material to the pure water, stopping the agitation, and separating the mixture into a liquid crystal material layer of an upper layer and a water layer of a lower layer by leaving the mixture to stand still;
discharging the water layer of the lower layer from the syringe to an outside of the vacuum chamber; and
evacuating the vacuum chamber and degassing the liquid crystal material while agitating the liquid crystal material remaining in the syringe after discharging the water layer of the lower layer.

US Pat. No. 10,456,709

DISPERSION FLOW DEVICE FOR EXTRACTION VESSEL AND METHODS OF USE

GREEN MILL SUPERCRITICAL,...

6. An extraction system comprising:an extraction vessel comprising a vessel body, an extraction solvent inlet, a material inlet, and an outlet;
a collection vessel operably connected to the outlet;
a dispersion device disposed proximate the extraction solvent inlet and comprising a first surface and a second surface;
a plurality of openings formed in the dispersion device and extending from the first surface to the second surface, whereby the plurality of openings are adapted for the flow of an extraction solvent therethrough; and
a rotational shaft disposed within the extraction vessel, the rotational shaft comprising:
a vertical axis;
a dispersion arm that is attached to and rotated by the shaft; and
a driving motor for rotating the rotational shaft, wherein the dispersion arm comprises the dispersion device.

US Pat. No. 10,456,708

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXTRACTING BOTANICAL OILS

Natural Extraction System...

1. A method to extract an oil from a plant material, comprising:providing a system comprising an extraction chamber and a collection chamber;
providing a plant material comprising an oil;
inserting the plant material into the extraction chamber;
producing a heated gas stream in the system;
directing the heated gas stream through the extraction chamber to convert the oil of the plant material into an extracted oil that is entrained in the heated gas stream;
directing the extracted oil that is entrained in the heated gas stream from the extraction chamber and into the collection chamber;
providing a collection solvent, wherein the extracted oil is soluble in the collection solvent;
contacting the extracted oil that is entrained in the heated gas stream with the collection solvent in the collection chamber to dissolve the extracted oil in the collection solvent; and
collecting the extracted oil.

US Pat. No. 10,456,707

REACTOR

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A reactor comprising:a housing provided with a reaction space;
a tube disposed inside said housing;
an impeller provided inside the housing to allow reactants in the reaction space to flow into and out of the tube; and
a nozzle provided to spray a liquid from the reaction space toward the housing wall surface side,
wherein the nozzle is provided such that a jetting port is located at 5% or less of the distance between the housing wall surface and the tube, and
wherein the nozzle is provided along the circumferential direction of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,706

CRYOPUMP

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A cryopump comprising:a refrigerator orthogonally intersecting a central axis of the cryopump, the refrigerator comprising a first stage and a second stage cooled to a lower temperature than that of the first stage, the first stage and the second stage arranged in a refrigerator longitudinal direction being perpendicular to the central axis of the cryopump;
a first cryopanel comprising a radiation shield having a main opening and an inlet cryopanel disposed at the main opening, the first cryopanel thermally connected to the first stage;
a second cryopanel enclosed by the first cryopanel and thermally connected to the second stage, the second cryopanel comprising a plurality of cryopanels arranged along the central axis of the cryopump, the plurality of cryopanels including a top cryopanel facing the inlet cryopanel and arranged closest to the inlet cryopanel in the plurality of the cryopanels;
an attaching pedestal forming part of the radiation shield and arranged to attach the first stage of the refrigerator, the attaching pedestal located lateral to the top cryopanel in the refrigerator longitudinal direction; and
a shield portion forming part of the radiation shield and circumferentially adjoining the attaching pedestal so as to surround the top cryopanel,
wherein the top cryopanel extends perpendicularly to the central axis of the cryopump and is positioned at a top-cryopanel axial height,
wherein between the top cryopanel and the attaching pedestal is formed a lateral gap at the top-cryopanel axial height, and between the top cryopanel and the shield portion is formed a gap part at the top-cryopanel axial height, the lateral gap and the gap part in combination forming an annular gap between the top cryopanel and the radiation shield, and
wherein the top cryopanel comprises a cut-out portion at the top-cryopanel axial height, the cut-out portion is formed such that the lateral gap is equal in width to the gap part.

US Pat. No. 10,456,705

FLUE GAS CONDENSATION WATER EXTRACTION SYSTEM

Chunxiao Liu, Xilingol L...

1. A flue gas condensation water extraction system, comprising:a flue gas condensation end system;
a flue gas refrigeration source end system; and
a water supply and drainage system,
wherein the flue gas condensation end system comprises a desulfurization absorption tower, a flue gas purification condensation tower, and a condensate storage tank,
wherein the desulfurization absorption tower is provided with a flue gas inlet,
wherein the flue gas purification condensation tower is disposed above the desulfurization absorption tower,
wherein the flue gas purification condensation tower is provided with a flue gas outlet, a water inlet, and a drain,
wherein the flue gas refrigeration source end system comprises a cooling tower, wherein the drain is connected to the condensate storage tank via a descending condensate water pipe,
wherein the water inlet is connected to the cooling tower via a circulating water supply pipe,
wherein a circulating water pump is arranged on the circulating water supply pipe, wherein the cooling tower is connected to the condensate storage tank via a circulating water return pipe,
wherein the circulating water return pipe and the circulating water supply pipe are respectively provided with valves,
wherein the water supply and drainage system includes an underground water storage tank, which is connected to the condensate water storage tank via a water filling pipe,
wherein the water filling pipe is provided with a water pump,
wherein underground water storage tank is connected to the circulating water return pipe and circulating water supply pipe via a drain pipe, and wherein the drain pipe is provided with a drain valve.

US Pat. No. 10,456,704

METHOD OF REAL-TIME PROGNOSIS OF FLOODING PHENOMENON IN PACKED COLUMN

NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVER...

1. A method of real-time prognosis of a flooding phenomenon in a packed column, comprising:conducting an online data collection step, wherein a plurality of values of a pressure drop are collected from the packed column under operation;
conducting a detrending step, wherein a trend of the values of the pressure drop is removed to obtain a plurality of values of a detrended pressure drop;
conducting a fitting step, wherein the values of the detrended pressure drop are fitted with an exponential generalized autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity model with orders of p and q (EGARCH(p, q) model) to obtain a value of at least one of model coefficients;
conducting a repeat step, wherein another value of the at least one of model coefficients is obtained;
conducting a statistical step, wherein a value of the monitoring statistic is calculated based on the values of the at least one of model coefficients;
conducting a control step, wherein the value of the monitoring statistic is compared to a control limit, and an alarm is triggered when the value of the monitoring statistic is greater than the control limit; and
conducting an adjustment step after the alarm is triggered, wherein an operational condition of the packed column is adjusted to make the value of the monitoring statistic less than the control limit.

US Pat. No. 10,456,703

SHORT DISTILLATION HEAD WITH BULBOUS LOWER COLLECTOR

1. A distillation apparatus comprising:a lower collector region having a spheroid lower end and a plurality of side entry portals;
a tube extending into an interior space of said lower collector region and an interior space of a fraction collector.

US Pat. No. 10,456,702

BLOCK SYSTEM

KEJSER, LLC, Mesa, AZ (U...

1. A block system, comprising:a first block comprising:
a first base comprising a first block side, wherein the first block side comprises a first side plane defining a first block first base surface, the first block first base surface being a first distally innermost surface on the first block side;
a first side middle connective protrusion coupled to the first base and extending distally outwardly and substantially perpendicularly from the first base and the first side plane, wherein the first side middle connective protrusion is adjacent to the first block first base surface and comprises:
a first side middle center pillar coupled to the first block side extending distally outward from the first base and the first side plane for a first side middle center pillar length;
a first side middle base portion coupled to the first side middle center pillar and the first base and extending axially and substantially perpendicularly from the first side middle center pillar in a first direction for a first side middle base portion length, wherein the first side middle base portion comprises a first side middle base portion width being a distance the first side middle base portion extends distally outward from the first base and the first side plane; and
a first side middle overhang portion coupled to the first side middle center pillar extending axially and substantially perpendicularly from the first side middle center pillar in a second direction opposite the first direction for a first side middle overhang portion length such that there is a first side middle overhang space between the first side plane and the first side middle overhang portion, wherein the first side middle overhang portion comprises a first side middle overhang portion width being a distal distance of the first side middle overhang portion spanning from the first side middle overhang space to a first side middle protrusion top surface of the first side middle connective protrusion,
wherein the first side middle overhang space comprises a first side middle overhang space width, which is a distal distance between the first side plane and the first side middle overhang portion, and wherein the first side middle overhang space width is equal to the first side middle base portion width;
a first singular protrusion coupled to the first block side and extending distally outwardly from the first side plane, wherein the first singular protrusion is disposed axially along the first side plane in the second direction from the first side middle connective protrusion such that the first block first base surface, having a first block first base surface length, is between the middle connective protrusion and the first singular protrusion; and
a first side lateral connective protrusion coupled to the first block side and extending distally outwardly from the first block side and the first side plane, wherein the first side lateral connective protrusion is disposed axially along the first block side in the first direction from the first side middle connective protrusion such that there is a first block second base surface having a first block second base surface length spanning between the first side lateral connective protrusion and a middle base portion end surface of the first side middle base portion; and
a second block comprising:
a second base comprising a second block side, wherein the second block side comprises a second side plane defining a second block first base surface, the second block first base surface being a second distally innermost surface on the second block side;
a second side lateral connective protrusion coupled to the second base and extending distally outwardly from the second side plane, wherein the second side lateral connective protrusion comprises:
a second side lateral center pillar coupled to the second base extending distally outward from the second base and the second side plane for a second side lateral center pillar length; and
a second side lateral overhang portion coupled to the second side lateral center pillar above a second side lateral base portion width of the second side lateral center pillar, the second side lateral overhang portion extending axially and substantially perpendicularly from the second side lateral center pillar in a third direction for a second side lateral overhang portion length such that there is a second side lateral overhang space between the second side plane and the second side lateral overhang portion, wherein the second side lateral overhang portion comprises a second side lateral overhang portion width, wherein the second side lateral overhang space comprises a second side lateral overhang space width, which is a distal distance between the second side plane and the second side lateral overhang portion, and
wherein the second side lateral overhang space width is equal to the first side middle overhang portion width, and the second side lateral overhang portion width is equal to the first side middle overhang space width,
wherein the first block is coupled to the second block by the first side middle overhang portion being disposed within the second side lateral overhang space, and the second side lateral overhang portion being disposed within the first side middle overhang space.

US Pat. No. 10,456,701

INFANT ACTIVITY CENTER

SKIP HOP, INC., New York...

24. The activity center of claim 21, wherein, the at least one toy is also configured for removable attachment to the platform such that, when the platform is in the first configuration with the at least one toy attached to the platform, a child placed in the seat can see the at least one toy through the window opening.

US Pat. No. 10,456,700

SNOWMAN MAKING APPARATUS

1. A snowman making apparatus comprising: three bowl elements of different sizes, wherein the three different sizes are for three different segments of a snowman, a base segment, a mid-section segment and a head segment;wherein each bowl element is substantially hemispherical;
wherein each bowl element has an open top, and an aperture at a base of the bowl element to facilitate collection of snow in the bowl element, via dragging the bowl element in a horizontal position over a surface of snow, producing a formed hemisphere snow section;
the bottom aperture of the base segment and mid-section segment are substantially the same size in order to create a stable setting for the mid-section segment to sit securely on to the base segment as well as the base section to sit securely on to the ground;
the hemispherical bowl element interior is smooth for easy release of the formed hemisphere snow section;
the hemispherical bowl element exterior comprises a plurality of circumnavigating ribs, to add structural strength to the bowl element;
the apparatus is provided a fourth, smaller bowl element in order to form smaller size and combinations of snowmen.

US Pat. No. 10,456,699

MODULAR ASSEMBLY SYSTEM

SHENZHEN BELL CREATIVE SC...

11. A system, comprising:a plurality of assembly modules, at least one of the assembly modules comprising at least one connection interface; and
one or more connectors, each connector configured to mechanically and electrically connect two of the plurality of assembly modules via the connection interface of one of the two assembly modules,
wherein the plurality of assembly modules include at least:
a control module comprising:
a communication unit configured to obtain a set of host instructions from one or more hosts, and
a processor configured to generate a set of operation instructions for each assembly module based on at least the set of host instructions; and
an actuation module comprising:
a set of propellers, and
a motor configured to drive the set of propellers based on at least the set of operation instructions for the actuation module generated by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,456,698

TOY VEHICLE WITH NOVEL DRIVE-TRAIN CONTROL ASSEMBLY

Goldlok Holdings (Guangdo...

1. A toy vehicle comprising:(a) a chassis;
(b) an electric motor mounted on the chassis, the electric motor having a first shaft and a second shaft;
(c) a first motor gear connected to the first shaft of the electric motor such that the first motor gear rotates when the first shaft of the electric motor rotates;
(d) a first drive-gear assembly mounted on the chassis, the first drive-gear assembly comprising:
(i) a first motor-side drive gear configured to be selectively meshed with the first motor gear such that, when meshed, the first motor-side drive gear rotates when the first motor gear rotates; and
(ii) a first wheel-side drive gear connected to the first motor-side drive gear such that the first wheel-side drive gear rotates when the first motor-side drive gear rotates;
(e) a first protective-gear assembly mounted on the chassis, the first protective-gear assembly comprising:
(i) a first motor-side protective gear configured to be selectively meshed with the first wheel-side drive gear such that, when meshed, the first motor-side protective gear rotates when the first wheel-side drive gear rotates; and
(ii) a first wheel-side protective gear connected to the first motor-side protective gear such that the first wheel-side protective gear rotates when the first motor-side protective gear rotates;
(f) a first wheel assembly mounted on the chassis, the first wheel assembly comprising:
(i) a first left wheel;
(ii) a first right wheel; and
(iii) a first output gear: (a) connected to at least one of the first right wheel or the first left wheel such that at least one of the first right wheel or the first left wheel rotates when the first output gear rotates and (b) meshed with the first wheel-side protective gear such that the first output gear rotates when the first wheel-side protective gear rotates;
(g) a second motor gear connected to the second shaft of the electric motor such that the second motor gear rotates when the second shaft of the electric motor rotates;
(h) a second drive-gear assembly mounted on the chassis, the second drive-gear assembly comprising:
(i) a second motor-side drive gear configured to be selectively meshed with the second motor gear such that, when meshed, the second motor-side drive gear rotates when the second motor gear rotates; and
(ii) a second wheel-side drive gear connected to the second motor-side drive gear such that the second wheel-side drive gear rotates when the second motor-side drive gear rotates;
(i) a second protective-gear assembly mounted on the chassis, the second protective-gear assembly comprising:
(i) a second motor-side protective gear configured to be selectively meshed with the second wheel-side drive gear such that, when meshed, the second motor-side protective gear rotates when the second wheel-side drive gear rotates; and
(ii) a second wheel-side protective gear connected to the second motor-side protective gear such that the second wheel-side protective gear rotates when the second motor-side protective gear rotates;
(j) a second wheel assembly mounted on the chassis, the second wheel assembly comprising:
(i) a second left wheel;
(ii) a second right wheel; and
(iii) a second output gear: (a) connected to at least one of the second right wheel or the second left wheel such that at least one of the second right wheel or the second left wheel rotates when the second output gear rotates and (b) meshed with the second wheel-side protective gear such that the second output gear rotates when the second wheel-side protective gear rotates;
(k) a mode-selector switch configured to move the second motor-side drive gear and the second wheel-side drive gear such that: (i) in a first mode-selector-switch position, the second motor-side drive gear is meshed with the second motor gear and the second wheel-side drive gear is meshed with the second motor-side protective gear, and (ii) in a second mode-selector-switch position, the second motor-side drive gear is not meshed with the second motor gear and the second wheel-side drive gear is not meshed with the second motor-side protective gear; and
(l) a mode-selector lever configured to contact the first drive-gear assembly and at least one of the mode-selector switch and second drive-gear assembly and further configured to move the first motor-side drive gear and the first wheel-side drive gear according to the mode-selector-switch position such that: (i) in the first mode-selector-switch position, the first motor-side drive gear is meshed with the first motor gear and the first wheel-side drive gear is meshed with the first motor-side protective gear, and (ii) in a second mode-selector-switch position, the first motor-side drive gear is not meshed with the first motor gear and the first wheel-side drive gear is not meshed with the first motor-side protective gear.

US Pat. No. 10,456,697

TOY TRACK SYSTEM

NICE GREAT TECHNOLOGY LIM...

1. A toy track structure comprising:a first tube section including a connection end and a free end, wherein the free end includes a guide having a funnel portion, with a larger end pointing away from the connection end of the first tube section, for channeling a toy car moving into the free end of the first tube section; and
a connection module having coupling means for establishing endwise connection of the connection end of the first tube section to the connection module, wherein the funnel portion includes
a frusto-conical section extending around part of the free end of the first tube section, and
a receiving tray extending around part of the free end of the first tube section and joined to the frusto-conical section so that the frusto-conical section and the receiving tray extend around all of the free end of the first tube section, wherein the receiving tray includes
two slanted flat side walls respectively joined to the frusto-conical section,
a flattened end surface located between and joined to the two slanted flat side walls, and
a tongue extending from underneath the flattened end surface, outwardly from the free end of the first tube section.

US Pat. No. 10,456,696

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CUSTOMIZING AMUSEMENT PARK ATTRACTION EXPERIENCES USING PNEUMATIC ROBOTIC SYSTEMS

Universal City Studios LL...

1. A ride system, comprising:a housing configured to hold a liquid;
a sensor configured to detect a speed of a flow of the liquid within the housing;
an inflatable assembly disposed at a bottom of the housing, wherein the inflatable assembly comprises a plurality of inflatable compartments configured to reduce the speed of the flow of the liquid when the plurality of inflatable compartments is in an inflated configuration as compared to when the plurality of inflatable compartments is in a deflated configuration; and
a processor configured to:
receive the detected speed of the flow of the liquid from the sensor; and
send a signal to at least one valve coupled between the inflatable assembly and a fluid source in response to the detected speed of the flow of the liquid, wherein the signal is configured to cause the at least one valve to fluidly couple the inflatable assembly to the fluid source to cause the plurality of inflatable compartments to expand to the inflated configuration, and wherein the plurality of inflatable compartments form a grid shape in the inflated configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,456,695

AMUSEMENT APPARATUS, COMPONENTS, AND METHOD

1. An amusement ride for locating on a ground leading to a ledge of a drop off, comprising:a pair of spaced rocking booms pivotally mounted with respect to the ground;
said amusement apparatus comprising:—
a driven axle carried between the rocking booms;
a passenger carrier; and
spokes extending radially away from the axle to connections with the passenger carrier; and
a pair of spaced mounting blocks engaging the ground and defining a rocking axis therebetween;
said rocking booms extending between base ends and distal ends;
each mounting block pivotally supporting a respective one of the rocking booms proximate the base end thereof such that the rocking booms rock in common on the rocking axis;
each mounting block pivotally supporting the axle at spaced locations proximate a respective one of the ends of the axle;
an axle drive system for the driven axle to swing the passenger carrier in urge arcs large arcs; and
a rocking boom drive system for pivoting the rocking booms between inboard and outboard extremes.

US Pat. No. 10,456,694

HAPTIC FLOOR SYSTEM WITH QUAKE PLATE ASSEMBLIES PRODUCING LARGE VIBRATION EFFECTS

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A haptic floor system adapted to provide a vibration-based haptic experience, comprising:a master controller; and
a plurality of quake plate assemblies, each of the quake plate assemblies comprising:
a plate with an upper contact surface and a lower mounting surface opposite the upper contact surface, and
at least one actuator mounted on the lower mounting surface and operable to apply forces to the plate to cause the upper contact surface to vibrate, wherein the actuator comprises a plurality of vibrator motors each with a drive motor, a drive shaft rotated by the drive motor, and a weight affixed to drive shaft with a center mass offset a distance from a central axis of the drive shaft, whereby each of the vibrator motors generates a centrifugal force during operations of the drive motor;
wherein, in response to a sensed event, the master controller generates and transmits control signals to the plurality of quake plate assemblies to independently trigger operations of the at least one actuator of each of the quake plate assemblies to sequentially or concurrently operate to apply the forces to concurrently or sequentially vibrate the upper contact surfaces of the plurality of quake plate assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,456,693

RING SWING

1. A swing comprising:a ring;
a first handle projecting from an inner side of the ring on a first side of the ring;
a second handle projecting from the inner side of the ring on a second side of the ring, wherein the first handle and the second handle each forms a surrounded opening inwardly spaced from the ring for reception of portions of a user's hand and wherein the first handle and the second handle are each U-shaped with bottom flanges secured to the ring; and a seat, having an upper concave surface, mounted to the ring and extending along an interior of the ring.

US Pat. No. 10,456,692

MOBILE TERMINAL WITH CALL FUNCTION OR TEXTING FUNCTION, OR A FUNCTION AS A GAME TERMINAL, GAME PROGRAM AND GAME METHOD EXECUTED BY MOBILE TERMINAL

1. A mobile terminal, comprising:a controller configured to execute an application;
a display unit configured to display an application screen of the application for a user of the mobile terminal; and
a movement determination unit configured to determine a movement speed of the mobile terminal;
the controller configured to determine a current speed category from among a plurality of predefined speed categories that the movement speed is within, the plurality of predefined speed categories including a first speed category of one or more first speeds and a second speed category of one or more second speeds, the one or more first speeds being lower than the one or more second speeds;
the controller configured to control display of an update of the application screen by the application based on the current speed category, the control including prohibiting or restricting display of the update when the movement speed is determined to be within the first speed category and not prohibiting or restricting display of the update when the movement speed is determined to be within the second speed category.

US Pat. No. 10,456,691

USER COMMUNICATION

KING.COM LTD., St. Julia...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:storing in a memory information relating to a plurality of game objects;
determining by a processor in communication with the memory one or more of the game objects to be displayed on a game board on a display in a manner enabling a first user to play a game using one or more of the game objects;
causing by the processor at least one graphical representation associated with a second user to be displayed on the game board in association with at least one of the game objects, information of the at least one graphical representation being obtained from an electronic database storing information relating to a plurality of user profiles, and at least one game criteria being associated with the at least one graphical representation of the second user;
receiving a user input from the first user via a user interface to select at least one of the game objects on the game board;
in response to the user input to select said at least one of the game objects, determining that there is a match where a match condition between a plurality of the game objects is satisfied, wherein when it is determined that the match condition is satisfied, at least one or more of the plurality of the game objects is removed from the game board and other game objects are positioned on the game board in place of the removed game objects;
in response to determining that there is a match,
determining whether the match further causes the game criteria associated with the at least one graphical representation of the second user to be satisfied; and
responsive to determining that the game criteria associated with the at least one graphical representation of the second user is satisfied, initiating communication with the second user,
wherein determining that the game criteria associated with the at least one graphical representation of the second user is satisfied comprises at least one of:
determining that said graphical representation of the second user has been moved to a given position of the game board, said graphical representation being moved after a match has been made; and
determining that at least a given number of matches including the determined match has occurred, where the given number of matches is greater than one.

US Pat. No. 10,456,690

VIRTUAL REALITY SIMULATION OF A LIVE-ACTION SEQUENCE

Centurion VR, Inc., New ...

1. A virtual reality simulation method, the method comprising:generating a virtual reality environment including a virtual player in a setting;
receiving projectile data indicative of movement of a projectile launched by a player in a live-action sequence;
based on the projectile data, identifying a release point of the projectile by the player in the live-action sequence, wherein identifying the release point includes calculating the release point based on a trajectory of the projectile included in the projectile data and identifying a release angle of the projectile launched by the player in the live-action sequence;
determining a motion of the virtual player in the virtual reality environment based on the projectile data and the release point; and
on a display of the virtual reality environment viewable by a user, displaying the virtual player moving according to the motion and a graphical representation of the projectile moving according to a temporal series of locations of the projectile.

US Pat. No. 10,456,689

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AWARDS TO PLAYERS OF A GAME

Kabam, Inc., San Francis...

1. A system for providing awards for players of an online game, the system comprising:one or more physical computer processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
facilitate participation by multiple users in the online game through client computing platforms associated with the users;
manage user profiles associated with the users, wherein the user profiles include indications of one or more affiliations within the online game, wherein individual affiliations include a discrete group of the users with a relationship having a functional significance within the online game that has an impact on game play, wherein the user profiles include a first user profile for a first user having an indication that the first user is associated with a first affiliation and a second user profile for a second user having an indication that the second user is associated with the first affiliation, wherein the first user profile is associated with a first user inventory of virtual items that are of use in the online game, wherein the second user profile is associated with a second user inventory of virtual items that are of use in the online game, wherein the first user inventory includes an instance of a first virtual container that is associated with a first set of potential awards including a first potential award, the first set of potential awards being associated with a first set of probabilities;
receive a first activation request for the first virtual container from the first user;
determine, responsive to receiving the first activation request, a first award from the first set of potential awards of the first virtual container for distribution to the first user based on the first set of probabilities; and
distribute, in response to determining the first award from the first virtual container activated by the first user to be distributed to the first user, the first award to the first user, and distribute one or more first benefits to one or more of the users associated with the first affiliation, such that one or more of the first benefits are distributed to the second user;
wherein the one or more processors are further configured by machine-readable instructions to adjust a probability associated with the first award based on past distributions of the first award.

US Pat. No. 10,456,688

METHOD OF SYNCHRONIZING ONLINE GAME, AND SERVER DEVICE

GREE, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method performed by a server for synchronizing game processing in an online game between a first client device and a second client device, the method comprising:receiving, from the first client device connected online, first status change information related to a change in status of the online game in the first client device;
storing the first status change information received from the first client device;
transmitting the first status change information to the second client device;
in response to the second client device not being connected online, determining whether to cause the first client device to advance progress of the online game based on the first status change information; and
in response to the second client device having returned to the online state, transmitting second status change information that is different from the stored first status change information to the second client device.

US Pat. No. 10,456,687

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERACTIVE DIGITAL CONTENT GENERATION

1. A system for automated generation of an interactive content object for presentation to a user, the interactive content object having content related to a video game application, the system comprising:non-transient electronic storage configured to store electronic information; and one or more physical computer processors configured by computer readable instructions to:
determine parameters related to the video game application, at least one of the parameters being determined based on current game play data from the video game application;
generate a template for the interactive content object, the template specifying one or more views defined by the interactive content object for presentation to the user;
select template components for the views based on the determined parameters, the template components including one or more of an entry field, text, a graphic, a navigational linkage, a search field, or a video field;
populate the selected template components with information related to the video game application, the information related to the video game application being dynamically determined based on one or more of the parameters; and
generate the interactive content object based on the populated template.

US Pat. No. 10,456,686

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ADAPTIVE TUNING OF GAME EVENTS

Zynga Inc., San Francisc...

1. A computer system comprising:a processor;
a memory device holding an instruction set executable on the processor to cause the computer system to perform operations comprising:
defining an in-game event requiring accumulation of a pre-defined set of virtual object types by a target player account in a virtual game, the set of virtual object types having respective drop rates, each drop rate indicating a rate at which objects of the corresponding type become available for accumulation during the in-game event;
causing presentation on a client device associated with the target player account of the virtual in-game event, each virtual object type in the set becoming available at the corresponding drop rate;
during the in-game event, determining one or more player-specific accumulation parameters based at least in part on a comparison between a reference gameplay metric and a corresponding gameplay metric for the target player account in the virtual game, the one or more player-specific accumulation parameters including a respective modified drop rate for one or more of the object types in the set, each modified drop rate being different from the drop rate previously employed in the in-game event for the corresponding virtual object type; and
thereafter, causing presentation on the client device of the virtual in-game event in accordance with the one or more player-specific accumulation parameters, the one or more virtual object types becoming available for accumulation at the respective modified drop rate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,685

IDENTIFYING AND TRACKING OBJECTS VIA LIGHTING PATTERNS

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A system, comprising:one or more cameras configured to capture images of a first controller and a second controller, the first controller including a first light source and the second controller including a second light source;
one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform acts comprising:
causing the first controller to pulse the first light source according to an identification pulsing pattern during a first time period;
causing the second controller to pulse the second light source according to a default pulsing pattern during the first time period, the identification pulsing pattern differing from the default pulsing pattern, wherein the identification pulsing pattern includes at least one of a first light pulse rate or a first light wavelength and the default pulsing pattern includes at least one of a second light pulse rate or a second light wavelength;
receiving, from the one or more cameras, first images captured during the first time period, wherein the first images correspond to the identification pulsing pattern and the default pulsing pattern;
detecting the identification pulsing pattern within the first images;
detecting the default pulsing pattern within the first images;
identifying the first controller based at least in part on detecting the identification pulsing pattern within the first images;
tracking a movement of the first controller and a movement of the second controller;
causing the second controller to pulse the second light source according to the identification pulsing pattern during a second time period;
causing the first controller to pulse the first light source according to the default pulsing pattern during the second time period;
receiving, from the one or more cameras, second images captured during the second time period, wherein the second images correspond to the identification pulsing pattern and the default pulsing pattern;
detecting the identification pulsing pattern within the second images;
detecting the default pulsing pattern within the second images;
identifying the second controller based at least in part on detecting the identification pulsing pattern within the second images; and
tracking the movement of the first controller and the movement of the second controller.

US Pat. No. 10,456,684

ATTENTION CONTROL FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. An information processing apparatus for generating an image obtained by imaging a player object and an attention object in a virtual space by using a virtual camera, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to:
control at least a position of the player object with any degree of freedom based on an input by a player;
set an object in the virtual space as the attention object; and
perform attention control for controlling position and direction of the virtual camera in such a manner that both of the player object and the attention object are included in an imaging range of the virtual camera based on the position of the player object and a position of the attention object, wherein when performing attention control, the degree of freedom of controlling the position is not limited,
wherein the attention control is executed during a period of time in which a first user interface receives a first preset operation, or during a period of time starting from when a second user interface receives a second preset operation to activate the attention control and ending when the second user interface receives another preset operation.

US Pat. No. 10,456,683

METHOD AND APPARATUS FACILITATING REALISTIC PLAYER INTERACTION IN A SIMULATED SKILL GAME

Everi Games, Inc., Austi...

1. A method of controlling targets displayed during a play in a player-interactive game in which (i) one or more prize targets are displayed on a display system of a gaming machine, each prize target being associated with a predetermined value, and (ii) each prize target is displayed on the display system as reacting on receipt of a successful interaction with the prize target from a player, and (iii) a result of the play is a prize value that includes the respective predetermined value of each prize target receiving a successful interaction from the player in the course of the play in the game, the method including:(a) at a data processing system associated with the gaming machine, receiving a total prize amount to be awarded for the play of the game;
(b) under control of the data processing system, determining an expected target value for a respective record from a target sequence comprising a sequence of records;
(c) under control of the data processing system, selecting a target value for the respective record from a number of different available target values, the selected target value comprising a value from among the number of different available target values that bears a predefined relationship to the expected target value;
(d) under control of the data processing system, selecting a target type correlated to the selected target value;
(e) causing a prize target corresponding to the selected target type to be displayed on the display system under control of the data processing system; and
(f) repeating steps (b), (c), (d), and (e) for each respective record in the target sequence until an end condition is detected for the play.

US Pat. No. 10,456,682

AUGMENTATION OF A GAMING CONTROLLER VIA PROJECTION SYSTEM OF AN AUTONOMOUS PERSONAL COMPANION

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method of projection, comprising:tracking within a reference system by an autonomous personal companion a current position and orientation of a gaming controller used for controlling game play of a gaming application played by a user, wherein the autonomous personal companion is configured to provide services to the user;
receiving information related to the gaming application from a gaming console supporting the game play;
generating content based on the information related to the gaming application;
moving the autonomous personal companion to a location having a direct line of sight to the current position and orientation of the gaming controller; and
projecting the content from the autonomous personal companion to a surface of the gaming controller.

US Pat. No. 10,456,681

GAME SYSTEM, DISPLAY CONTROLLING METHOD, DISPLAY CONTROLLING PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A method for causing a game system to display a related picture, the method comprising:executing a game application for a first user using a processor of the game system,
wherein the first user controls a player character in the game application using a game controller;
displaying, on a display of the game system,
a full screen execution screen of the game application;
acquiring over a network, a related picture related to a current state of progress of the first user in the game application;
wherein the related picture is created by a second user different from the first user; and
displaying, on the display, the related picture;
wherein the related picture includes a plurality of play moving pictures uploaded to the network by the second user, the plurality of play moving pictures being that of a same game application as the game application executed for the first user on the game system,
wherein a first play moving picture of the plurality of play moving pictures depicts play information corresponding to a position of the player character that the player character has moved past;
wherein a second play moving picture of the plurality of play moving pictures depicts play information corresponding to a position close to a current position of the player character,
wherein a third play moving picture of the plurality of play moving pictures depicts play information corresponding to a position ahead of the current position of the player character,
wherein the first play moving picture, the second play moving picture, and the third play moving picture are displayed if each has a transmission date within a predetermined time period of a current date, and
wherein the first play moving picture, the second play moving picture, and the third play moving picture are all displayed concurrently and non-overlapping on the display superimposed on the full screen execution screen.

US Pat. No. 10,456,680

DETERMINING PLAY OF THE GAME BASED ON GAMEPLAY EVENTS

Blizzard Entertainment, I...

1. A method comprising:receiving data representing a plurality of events that took place during a match of a game, wherein each event of the plurality of events is tagged with a respective timestamp representing when that event took place during the match, wherein the match includes a start time and an end time;
for each event of the plurality of events, generating a plurality of scores for the event, wherein each score of the plurality of scores is related to a respective play category of a plurality of play categories and is generated using a respective set of criteria associated with the respective play category;
wherein the plurality of events includes a particular event
wherein the plurality of play categories includes a first play category and a second play category that is different from the first play category;
wherein generating the plurality of scores for the particular event includes:
generating a first score associated with the first play category for the particular event using a first set of criteria associated with the first play category, and
generating a second score associated with the second play category for the particular event using a second set of criteria associated with the second play category;
wherein the first set of criteria is different from the second set of criteria and the first score is different than the second score;
selecting, as a play of the game, a video clip of the match based on scores generated for events that occur in a time window covered by the video clip;
providing a mechanism by which the video clip selected as the play of the game may be played after the end time of the match;
wherein the method is performed by one or more computing devices.

US Pat. No. 10,456,679

DISPLAY OF SYSTEM-LEVEL ACHIEVEMENTS WITH REAL-TIME UPDATING

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method comprising:storing, at a cloud service, achievement data describing performance of a user in a gaming application for execution on a computing device;
receiving, at the cloud service, a request from the computing device for at least a portion of the achievement data;
responsive to the received request, filtering, by a processor, the achievement data based on contextual criteria on the cloud service;
providing, by the processor, the filtered achievement data to the computing device for display to a user during gameplay; and
updating, by the cloud service, the achievement data by:
intermittently receiving data corresponding to gaming progress based at least in part on the execution of the gaming application on the computing device;
generating, by the cloud service, additional achievement data based at least in part on the data corresponding to the gaming progress; and
providing, by the cloud service, the additional achievement data to the computing device for display to the user during the gameplay.

US Pat. No. 10,456,678

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING AN ONLINE CARD GAME BETWEEN USER TERMINALS

NHN Corporation, Seongna...

1. A method of implementing an online card game between a first user terminal and a second user terminal in communication with a computer, the method comprising the steps of:A) selecting, among a plurality of cards that are mutually exclusive, a first set of cards different from each other as a plurality of open cards and a second set of cards different from each other and excluding the first set as a plurality of hidden cards for the first user terminal, wherein the first terminal comprises a screen configured to display an open card area having a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns and a hidden card area;
B) transmitting, from the computer to the first user terminal, a first card identifier information of the open cards, a first location information of the open cards, a second card identifier information of the hidden cards, and a second location information of the hidden cards, the first location information including a column number and a row number of a corresponding open card in the open card area;
C) causing the screen to display an intermediate rating for each column of the open card area when one of the hidden cards in the hidden card area is moved to the open card area by user operation to change a location information of the one of the hidden cards, such that a card identifier information of the one of the hidden cards becomes one of the first card identifier information of the open cards, the intermediate rating being based on a first combination of the first card identifier information of the open cards arranged in a same column of the open card area;
D) determining a rating of each column of the open card area when a number of rows for each column in the open card area reaches a first predetermined value, each rating being based on a second combination of the first card identifier information of the open cards in a same column of the open card area;
E) performing the steps of A, B, C, and D for the second user terminal comprising a screen, wherein the first user terminal and the second user terminal are assigned with different cards;
F) comparing the rating of each column of the first user terminal to the rating of each corresponding column of the second user terminal; and
G) generating a report illustrating win or lose of the online card game between the first user terminal and the second user terminal based on a compared result for each column.

US Pat. No. 10,456,677

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM

NURVE, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

1. An image display device to be used in an image display system provided with a plurality of image display devices and a server that delivers data for causing the plurality of image display devices to display images via a communication network, wherein the server stores terminal information that is information for identifying each of the plurality of image display devices and setting information for causing two or more image display devices out of the plurality of image display devices to cooperate, the image display device comprising:a data obtaining unit that obtains the data from the server;
a display unit that displays an image based on the data;
a display control unit that controls image display in the display unit;
a position and orientation determining unit that determines a position change and an orientation of the image display device;
a position-related information generating unit that generates and transmits information related to a position and an orientation of the image display device based on a result of determination made by the position and orientation determining unit; and
a position-related information obtaining unit that obtains information related to a position and an orientation of at least one image display device, other than the image display device, out of the two or more image display devices that are caused to cooperate based on the setting information, the information being transmitted from the at least one image display device,
wherein the display control unit causes the display unit to display an image based on the data obtained by the data obtaining unit and adapts the image in accordance with a position and an orientation of the image display device based on a result of determination made by the position and orientation determining unit, and further causes the display unit, based on the information related to a position and an orientation obtained by the position-related information obtaining unit, to display information related to an image displayed on an image display device that transmitted the information related to a position and an orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,456,676

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ATHLETIC MOTION ANALYSIS AND INSTRUCTION

K-Motion Interactive, Inc...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a processor of a computer-based motion analysis system, motion data representing a body motion associated with a body, from a plurality of body mountable inertial sensors in communication with the processor, each of the inertial sensors being mounted at a body segment of the body relating to the body motion, wherein each of the inertial sensors mounted at the body segment is mounted in front of or behind a respective body joint;
calibrating the inertial sensors for initial alignment and orientation of each respective body segment;
setting a range of motion limits for at least two body segments of the body motion;
monitoring the execution of the body motion with the motion analysis system;
collecting sensor data from the inertial sensors;
processing the sensor data so as to generate a graphical user interface configured to display an animation and motion data representing the body motion of the subject on a display screen,
comparing, by the processor, the generated motion data to existing motion data for the at least two body segments and signaling to the user in real time when the limits are exceeded; and
comparing, by the processor, the generated motion data to the existing motion data and calculating performance parameters related to the body motion;
wherein the at least two body segments comprise at least two of a head segment, a neck segment, a thorax segment, a shoulder segment, an arm segment, a hand segment, a pelvis segment, a leg segment, and a foot segment,
wherein the signaling is biofeedback to the user in the form of a tone or a color that differs between a successful execution of the body motion and an unsuccessful execution of the body motion,
wherein the successful execution of the body motion is determined when the generated motion data is within the range of motion limits and the unsuccessful execution of the body motion is determined when the second motion data is outside the range of motion limits, and
wherein the inertial sensors are attached to at least one body appliance.

US Pat. No. 10,456,675

INTELLIGENT BOARD GAME SYSTEM WITH VISUAL MARKER BASED GAME OBJECT TRACKING AND IDENTIFICATION

Tweedletech, LLC, Ann Ar...

1. A game object for playing a board game, the game object comprising:a. a single body having a top surface;
b. a first unique visual object marker positioned on the top surface, wherein the first unique visual object marker comprises a first series of concentric rings that represent first data that uniquely identifies the game object; and
c. a second unique visual object marker positioned on the body, wherein the second unique visual object marker comprises a second series of concentric rings that represent second data.

US Pat. No. 10,456,674

TRACK BASED PLAY SYSTEMS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A set comprising:a computer game;
a plurality of passive physical play pieces, wherein the passive physical play pieces in the set are not configured to send or receive data with other physical play pieces or the computer game; and
a plurality of active physical play pieces, wherein at least one of the plurality of active physical play pieces in the set comprises one or more sensors configured to detect an arrangement of a proximate passive physical play piece and is configured to actively communicate with the computer game, wherein the computer game is configured to:
receive data from the at least one of the plurality of active physical play pieces;
based at least in part on the data received, assist the computer game to infer a shape of a path formed from the plurality of active physical play pieces;
generate a virtual model of a path based on the inferred shape of the path formed from the plurality of active physical play pieces; and
display the virtual model of the path on a display device separate from the plurality of active physical play pieces.

US Pat. No. 10,456,673

RESOURCE SELECTION FOR HOSTED GAME SESSIONS

AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving a request to initiate a gameplay session;
determining a set of resources, in a shared resource environment, capable of hosting the gameplay session;
determining hosting scores for the set of resources based at least in part upon an anticipated latency, an available amount of time, and a predicted risk of session interruption for the gameplay session if hosted on respective resources of the set;
selecting a session host, from the set of resources, for hosting the gameplay session based at least in part upon the hosting scores; and
initiating the gameplay session using the session host.

US Pat. No. 10,456,672

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR FACILITATING PARTICIPATION IN A GAME SESSION

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method, comprising:at a first electronic client device having one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors:
executing a game application;
establishing a network session between the game application, a remote server associated with the game application, and a media device, wherein the media device is configured to transmit output from the network session to an output device, wherein the output from the network session includes gameplay content rendered by the remote server; and
causing to be presented to users of one or more second electronic client devices on which the game application is not executing and/or installed a session identifier, wherein:
the session identifier is associated with the network session and identifies (i) the network session and (ii) a game controller configuration to facilitate joining of the network session by the one or more second electronic client devices; and
the game controller configuration is implementable on each of the one or more second electronic client devices for enabling the users of the one or more second electronic client devices to interact with the network session.

US Pat. No. 10,456,671

VIDEO COMPRESSION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING THE EFFECTS OF PACKET LOSS OVER A COMMUNICATION CHANNEL

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A computer-implemented method for streaming interactive audio/video (A/V) data comprising:executing one or more applications on a computer communicatively coupled to a network;
receiving packet data from client devices of a plurality of users and routing the packet data to the corresponding one or more of the applications being executed, the packet data including user control input generated at the client devices coupled to the network, one or more of the applications being operable to compute the A/V data responsive to the user control input;
receiving the A/V data from the one or more applications;
compressing portions of the A/V data in parallel using one or more processing units for generating compressed A/V data;
routing the compressed A/V data to client devices of the plurality of users over corresponding communication channels,
wherein the routing includes,
determining channel bandwidth of a communication channel used to communicate with a client device of a user of the plurality of users, the channel bandwidth determined by monitoring an amount of data loss and/or latency for a test stream transmitted to the client device; and
streaming the compressed A/V data to the client device over the network, wherein a data rate of the streaming of the compressed A/V data to the client device is set based on the channel bandwidth determined for the communication channel used for communicating with the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,456,670

HANDHELD GAME CONTROLLER ASSEMBLY

DEXIN CORPORATION, New T...

1. A handheld game controller assembly adapted to combine with a portable electronic device, comprising:a game controller, having a pair of holding portions, and a transversal portion arranged between the pair of holding portions, wherein the transversal portion is formed with a concave portion thereon;
a receiving receptacle, fixed and arranged in the concave portion of the transversal portion, wherein the receiving receptacle includes a base plate and a pair of side boards, the base plate is fixed on the transversal portion, the pair of side boards are respectively arranged at two sides of the base plate, and an inserting slot is formed between the base plate and the pair of side boards;
an external retaining device, having a plugging unit removably engaged and fixed in the receiving receptacle, and a clipping unit connected to the plugging unit to clip a portable electronic device thereon, wherein the plugging unit has a shape corresponding to the shape of the inserting slot; and
a detecting switch being arranged adjacent to the concave portion, wherein the detecting switch is activated when the plugging unit of the external retaining device is inserted in the receiving receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,669

GAME CONTROLLER

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. A game controller capable of reading data from an external storage device through contactless communication, the game controller comprising:a housing;
an antenna built into the housing and used for the contactless communication, the antenna including at least one loop that surrounds a region;
a first operation button provided on the housing, wherein
on the housing, the first operation button is placed in a region where data can be read from the external storage device using the antenna,
a height of an upper surface of the first operation button is substantially the same as or lower than a height of a surface of the housing,
when the game controller is held and viewed from a front of the game controller, the first operation button is placed at a position where the first operation button overlaps at least a part of the region surrounded by the antenna,
a first substrate and a second substrate are provided in the housing, the second substrate being placed closer to a back surface of the game controller than the first substrate is, and
the antenna is placed on the first substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,668

INTERACTIVE GREETING CARD

American Greetings Corpor...

1. An interactive greeting card, comprising:a greeting card body;
an article associated with the greeting card body and decoupled from the greeting card body; and
a launch mechanism attached to the greeting card body and configured to move the article relative to the greeting card body while the article is decoupled from the greeting card body,
wherein positioning the article proximate a particular location on the greeting card body with the launch mechanism, while the article is decoupled from the greeting card body, triggers playback of a digital audio file via the greeting card.

US Pat. No. 10,456,667

TOUCHSCREEN-BASED CONTROL METHOD AND TERMINAL

TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZ...

1. A touchscreen-based control method for improving user experience of online gaming, the method performed at a terminal having one or more processors, memory for storing programs, and a touchscreen display, the method comprising:detecting, by the terminal, a first user touch acting on a first icon displayed on the touchscreen display, the first icon corresponding to a first operation of an online game;
in response to detecting the first user touch:
displaying, by the terminal, an auxiliary control region and a candidate effect range region on the touchscreen display, wherein (1) the auxiliary control region is a first predetermined area of the touchscreen display, (2) the candidate effect range region is a second predetermined area of the touchscreen display, (3) the candidate effect range region occupies a larger area of the touchscreen display than the auxiliary control region and (4) the distance between the candidate effect range and the first icon is greater than the distance between the auxiliary control region and the first icon; and
establishing, by the terminal, a mapping relationship between a location of the candidate effect range region and a location of the auxiliary control region;
detecting, by the terminal on the touchscreen display, a user action dragging the first icon to a first position in the auxiliary control region;
responsive to the user action and in accordance with the mapping relationship, obtaining, by the terminal, a first effect range in the candidate effect range region according to the first position in the auxiliary control region; and
performing, by the terminal, the first operation corresponding to the first icon on a virtual target in the obtained first effect range.

US Pat. No. 10,456,666

BLOCK BASED CAMERA UPDATES AND ASYNCHRONOUS DISPLAYS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system for asynchronous display of a frame, comprising:a computing device to determine changes between a current frame and a previous frame; and
an asynchronous display coupled to the computing device to display an image;
wherein the computing device is to send frame updates asynchronously rather than at a fixed frame rate to the asynchronous display to only update areas of a currently displayed image that have changed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,665

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

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. An information processing system, comprising:a controller;
a vibrator configured to vibrate according to an input signal representing a vibration waveform; and
at least one processor configured to at least:
perform information processing based on input from the controller;
generate a sound signal;
generate a signal representing a first vibration waveform; and
based on the information processing, output the sound signal, and control the vibrator to vibrate in accordance with a signal representing a combined waveform obtained by combining (a) the first vibration waveform, with (b) an audio vibration waveform based on a waveform of the sound signal.

US Pat. No. 10,456,664

DYNAMICALLY ADJUSTING VIRTUAL ITEM BUNDLES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE BASED ON USER GAMEPLAY INFORMATION

Kabam, Inc., San Mateo, ...

1. A system for offering item bundles for purchase to users of an online game, wherein the offered item bundles are customized to encourage one or more types of usage of the online game by the users, the system comprising:one or more physical processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
execute an instance of the online game, and use the instance to generate state information that is transmitted over a network to client computing platforms associated with the users, wherein transmission of the state information over the network facilitates presentation of views of the online game to the users on the client computing platforms, wherein the users include a first user and a second user;
monitor the users' usage of the online game;
determine a first user type for the first user based on a first set of user gameplay information and determine a second user type for the second user based on a second set of user gameplay information, wherein the first user type is different than the second user type, wherein both the first user type and the second user type are selected from a set of user types, wherein the first set of user gameplay information is related to monitored usage of the online game by the first user and based on in-game actions performed most frequently by the first user, and wherein the second set of user gameplay information is related to monitored usage of the online game by the second user; and
provide offers to purchase, by the users in the online game, item bundles comprising one or more virtual items that are usable in the online game, wherein the offers include a first offer provided to the first user and a second offer provided to the second user,
wherein the first offer includes a first set of virtual items that are associated with one or more user types that are different than the determined first user type, and
wherein the second offer includes a second set of virtual items that are associated with one or more user types that are different than the determined second user type.

US Pat. No. 10,456,663

ENTERTAINMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD

Winsor Concepts, St. Pau...

1. An entertainment method comprising:shaking a master die comprising multiple master designations and a token designation and a plurality of scoring dice each having multiple reference designations corresponding to the multiple master designations of the master die, and having a score value associated with each reference designation;
accumulating turn points when a reference designation shown by at least one shaken scoring die corresponds to any of the multiple master designations shown by the shaken master die;
forfeiting turn points when no reference designation of the shaken scoring dice corresponds to any of the multiple master designations shown by the shaken master die; and
collecting a first scoring token when the shaken master die shows the token designation, wherein the scoring token has an assigned value.

US Pat. No. 10,456,662

SYLLABIC ROULETTE GAME WITH SOLMIZATION, AND METHOD

CG TECHNOLOGY, L.P., New...

1. A roulette apparatus comprising:a roulette wheel comprising a plurality of radially inward sphere-receiving sectors, each sphere-receiving sector comprising a pressure-sensitive switch that activates a tone-provision circuit, when the pressure-sensitive switch is actuated;
a plurality of radially outward sphere-launching rings to launch a plurality of spheres, each sphere causing a respective auditory tone to be generated, when each sphere rests in a respective sphere-receiving sector and actuates a respective pressure-sensitive switch; and
a jackpot controller to play a musical scale generated by a combination of pressure sensitive switches actuated by the plurality of spheres, in response to determining that the musical scale is a winning musical scale.

US Pat. No. 10,456,661

ENHANCED SECURITY AND PRINTABILITY OF INSTANT TICKET SCRATCH-OFF-COATINGS VIA STOCHASTIC OVERPRINTS

Hydragraphix LLC, New Yo...

1. A security-enhanced document that when printed has (i) a scratch-off coating that covers variable indicia, (ii) a display portion that provides non-secure decorative printing and is visible on the document before and after removal of the scratch-off coating, (iii) a stochastic overprint of the scratch-off coating, and (iv) a demarcation boundary between the display portion and the stochastic overprint of the scratch-off coating, the security-enhanced document comprising:a substrate;
a display portion printed directly or indirectly on the substrate formed by an application of a first stochastic imager;
a lower level fade trap portion about the demarcation boundary printed directly or indirectly on the substrate formed by the application of the first stochastic imager;
at least one release coat applied over the variable indicia;
the scratch-off coating applied over the release coat to maintain the variable indicia unreadable until removal of the scratch-off coating;
the stochastic overprint of the scratch-off coating formed by an application of a second stochastic imager; and
an upper level fade trap portion about the demarcation boundary formed by the application of the second stochastic imager.

US Pat. No. 10,456,660

BOARD GAME WITH DYNAMIC CHARACTERISTIC TRACKING

Tweedletech, LLC, Ann Ar...

1. A game system for playing a board game, the game system comprising:a. one or more game objects for playing the board game, wherein each of the one or more game objects has a unique identifier and one or more characteristic values including a set of trait data and a set of history data, wherein each of the game objects are physical objects;
b. one or more memory devices each having at least one database, wherein a first memory device of the memory devices has a first database that stores the unique identifier and one or more of the characteristic values associated with one of the game objects; and
c. a controller that via a wireless adapter adjusts the trait data of the characteristic values associated with one of the game objects;wherein the adjustment of the trait data of the game objects by the controller via the wireless adapter are altered based on the unique identifier of each game object such that different game objects are adjusted differently by the controller based on the same external events or game events.

US Pat. No. 10,456,659

CARD HANDLING DEVICES AND SYSTEMS

10. An automatic card shuffler, comprising:a card shuffling mechanism configured to randomize cards;
a shoe;
a lower support member coupled to the card shuffling mechanism with the card shuffling mechanism positioned over the lower support member, the shoe coupled to a portion of the lower support member and the lower support member configured to be placed on a surface of a gaming structure, the lower support member supporting a card imaging system configured to detect at least one indicia of the cards, the card imaging system positioned proximate a card output area of the shoe and configured to scan the cards dispensed from the shoe, wherein an upper portion of the shoe is positioned over the card imaging system; and
a quick disconnect structure configured to removably couple the card shuffling mechanism to the lower support member in communication with the shoe.

US Pat. No. 10,456,658

SELF-STABILIZING SKATEBOARD

Future Motion, Inc., San...

1. A self-balancing electric vehicle comprising:one or more wheels having a common axis of rotation;
a board having a first end and a second end, wherein the board is tiltable about the axis of rotation of the one or more wheels;
an electric hub motor coupled to a power supply and configured to drive the one or more wheels;
a motor controller configured to receive orientation information indicating an orientation of the board and to cause the hub motor to propel the board based on the orientation information; and
a pivotable handle which is transitionable between a stowed configuration, in which a distal end of a grip portion of the handle is disposed adjacent the hub motor, and a deployed configuration, in which the distal end of the grip portion of the handle extends away from the hub motor.

US Pat. No. 10,456,657

METHOD AND ELECTRIC DEVICE FOR IDENTIFYING GOLF SWINGS AND TRACKING STATISTICS DURING A GOLF ROUND

COLLATERAL OPPORTUNITIES,...

1. A computer implemented method performed by an application program running on an electronic device of a golfer for identifying when the golfer takes a real golf swing as opposed to a practice golf swing during a game of golf, said method comprising the steps:(a) prior to starting a game of golf, receiving by a processor disposed within an electronic device on the person of the golfer and running an application program, digital data representing a plurality of calibrated golf swings performed by the golfer that were obtained from a gyroscope sensor and accelerometer sensor within the electronic device while the golfer performs the calibrated golf swings;
(b) receiving electronic approval of the calibrated golf swings from the golfer by the application program;
(c) only after receiving approval from the golfer, electronically storing the digital data in an electronic file or database disposed within the electronic database an in electrical communication with the gyroscope sensor, accelerometer sensor and the processor;
(d) receiving digital data from the gyroscope sensor and the accelerometer sensor when the golfer takes a golf swing during a game of golf;
(e) processing the digital data received in step (d) by the application program;
(f) electronically comparing, by the application program, the digital data received in step (d) against the previously stored digital data representing the plurality of calibrated golf swings by the golfer;
(g) counting the golf swing as a real golf swing during a current game of golf by the application program where the received digital data from step (d) matches or is within a predetermined threshold or percentage of one of the calibrated golf swings contained in the previously stored digital data; and
(h) receiving GPS information by the application program from a global positioning system unit and determining a current location for the golfer when the golf swing is counted as a real golf swing in step (g).

US Pat. No. 10,456,656

HAMMER/DISCUS CAGE

1. A hammer/discus cage comprising:first and second base plates;
first and second vertical trusses coupled to their respective first and second base plates;
first and second gates hinged to their respective first and second vertical trusses;
a hoop net rail extending rearwardly from the first vertical truss to the second vertical truss; and
netting extending downward from the hoop net rail and attached to the first and second gates.

US Pat. No. 10,456,655

RACK FOR STORING FREE WEIGHT PLATES FOR WEIGHTLIFTING

1. A weight lifting storage system comprising:a plurality of cylindrical free weight plates for weight lifting, each of said cylindrical free weight plates having an outer diameter with a peripheral edge, each of said peripheral edges having a first portion, a second portion and a third portion, with each of said cylindrical free weight plates being of like diameter; and
a rack for storing each of said cylindrical free weight plates in a single stack with all of said cylindrical free weight plates of said stack being axially aligned and disposed horizontally, said rack comprising:
a planar base having a front edge and an oppositely disposed rear edge, said planar base being sized to support only a single stack of said cylindrical free weight plates thereon with each of said cylindrical free weight plates of said stack being axially aligned along a vertical axis;
a set of wheels disposed on said planar base, such that said rack is movable on said wheels, said set of wheels including a pair of front wheels and a pair of rear wheels, said front wheels being located adjacent said front edge and spaced apart from each other by a first distance, said rear wheels being located adjacent said rear edge and between said rear edge and first and second spaced apart uprights, said rear wheels being spaced apart from each other by a second distance, greater than said first distance, said front wheels being located closer to said vertical axis than said rear wheels;
a handle disposed on said planar base for use by a user to move said rack to a desired position; and
said first and second spaced apart uprights disposed adjacent said rear edge and extending upward generally vertically on said planar base, said first and second spaced apart uprights being configured to receive said first and second portions, respectively, but not said third portions of each of said cylindrical free weight plates of said stack, with said third portions of each of said cylindrical free weight plates of said stack being located between said first and second portions and facing said front edge, whereupon all of said cylindrical free weight plates of said stack are supported on said rack in a stable configuration centered on said vertical axis but with said third portions being unconstrained by any upright to enable each of said plurality of cylindrical free weight plates to be removed from said single stack across said front edge.

US Pat. No. 10,456,654

MULTIFUNCTIONAL BASEBALL PITCHING APPARATUS

1. A multifunctional baseball pitching apparatus, comprising a base, a housing, a ball-feeding wheel, an inner seat, a hitting rod, a driving device, and an adjusting device; the housing being fixed to the base, an outer surface of the housing being concavely formed with a ball passage, the housing having a launching opening passing through inner and outer surfaces of the housing, an upper end of the launching opening being in communication with a distal end of the ball passage; the ball-feeding wheel being pivotally connected to the base and exposed at the distal end of the ball passage; the inner seat being fixed to the base and located in the housing; the hitting rod being pivotally connected to and located in the inner seat, a front end of the hitting rod having a hitting portion located in the launching opening; the driving device being disposed on the inner seat, the driving device driving the ball-feeding wheel and the hitting rod to turn; the adjusting device being mounted to the housing and located below the hitting rod, the adjusting device being adjustable and elastically leaning against the hitting rod.

US Pat. No. 10,456,653

SWING QUALITY MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

Blast Motion Inc., Carls...

1. A swing quality measurement system comprising:a memory;
a processor coupled with said memory;
a first communication interface;
a sensor configured to capture sensor data associated with a bat during a swing of said bat by a user;
a bat geometry stored in said memory, said bat geometry comprising
a hand position along a longitudinal axis of said bat; and
a sweet spot position along said longitudinal axis;
wherein said processor is coupled to said sensor via said first communication interface, and wherein
said processor is configured to
obtain said bat geometry;
receive said sensor data from said sensor;
obtain or calculate acceleration data from said sensor data;
obtain or calculate angular velocity data from said sensor data;
calculate a trajectory of said hand position from said acceleration data and said angular velocity data;
calculate a trajectory of said sweet spot position from said acceleration data and said angular velocity data;
calculate a trajectory of said longitudinal axis from said acceleration data and said angular velocity data;
determine a time of impact of said swing from said acceleration data and said angular velocity data;
calculate a body tilt axis of said user from said trajectory of said hand position, wherein said body tilt axis is perpendicular to a plane passing through three different points of said trajectory of said hand position;
calculate a swing plane, wherein said swing plane is spanned by a velocity vector of said sweet spot position at said time of impact and said longitudinal axis at said time of impact; and,
calculate one or more swing quality metrics based on one or more of
said sensor data;
said acceleration data;
said angular velocity data;
said time of impact;
said trajectory of said hand position;
said trajectory of said sweet spot position;
said trajectory of said longitudinal axis;
said body tilt axis; and,
said swing plane.

US Pat. No. 10,456,652

GOLF SWING TRAINING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF OPERATION

1. A swing training assembly, the assembly comprising:a platform;
a left foot Lazy Susan turntable rotatable in two directions relative to the platform;
a right foot Lazy Susan turntable rotatable in two directions relative to the platform, the right foot Lazy Susan turntable disposed in a spaced-apart, adjacent relationship to the left foot Lazy Susan turntable on the platform;
a left foot fastener disposed on the left foot Lazy Susan turntable, the left foot fastener enabling detachable fastening of a left foot to the left foot Lazy Susan turntable;
a right foot fastener disposed on the right foot Lazy Susan turntable, the right foot fastener enabling detachable fastening of a right foot to the right foot Lazy Susan turntable; and
a rotation restriction mechanism operable to selectively restrict rotation of the Lazy Susan turntables relative to the platform; wherein the rotation restriction mechanism comprises a pair of hasps fixedly attached to the Lazy Susan turntables, the pair of hasps hingedly extending beyond the perimeter of the Lazy Susan turntables, the pair of hasps hingedly retracting within the perimeter of the Lazy Susan turntables, the rotation restriction mechanism further comprising at least one restriction bar detachably attached in the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,456,651

GOLF SIMULATOR, AND GOLF SIMULATION METHOD

RD-TEK CO., LTD, Daejeon...

1. A golf simulator comprising:an optical sensor unit configured to detect a movement path of a golf ball using a plurality of optical sensors;
an image inputting unit configured to input a movement image of the golf ball using a spin camera sensor;
a movement information calculating unit configured to calculate a direction and velocity of the golf ball from information obtained from the optical sensor unit;
a spin information calculating unit configured to calculate a spin rate of the golf ball from the input movement image of the golf ball;
a flying trajectory calculating unit configured to calculate a flying trajectory of the golf ball using the calculated direction and velocity of the golf ball and the calculated spin rate of the golf ball; and
a spin rate comparison unit configured to compare the calculated spin rate and a spin rate calculated using data obtained by the optical sensors for excluding an error occurred in the spin rate calculated by the spin information calculating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,456,650

BAT FOR GOLF SWING PRACTICE

BESCON Co., Ltd., Daejeo...

1. A bat for golf swing practice, the bat comprising:a head including:
a tube body provided inside the head and having a hollow inside, a first side, and a second side opposite to the first side;
a movable body configured to move within the tube body and made of a paramagnetic substance;
a magnetic body disposed on the first side of the tube body; and
a screw made of a paramagnetic substance, penetrating through an inside of the magnetic body, and configured to hold the movable body at the first side of the tube body by a magnetic force transferred from the magnetic body;
a first shaft connected to one end of the head;
a length adjustment part connected with the first shaft;
a second shaft connected with the length adjustment part and having a grip formed at one end thereof to allow a gripping by a hand of a user; and
a swing measurement module mounted on at least one of the head, the first shaft, the length adjustment part, and the second shaft,
wherein the swing measurement module comprises:
a first sensor, including a gyro sensor or an acceleration sensor, configured to measure a swing speed of the user from a backswing apex point to a follow swing point; and
a second sensor, including a gyro sensor or an acceleration sensor, configured to recognize a swing trajectory, beginning at a downswing, passing through an impact point, and arriving at a follow-through, during a practice swing by the user,
wherein the swing measurement module is configured to compare and check whether or not a point at which the movable body being detached from the screw reaches the second side of the tube body during the practice swing by the user matches the impact point of the swing trajectory recognized by the second sensor, and is configured to display the compared and checked result through a display screen mounted on the bat.

US Pat. No. 10,456,649

TARGET TRAINING APPARATUS

Ningbo Ying Kun Sporting ...

1. A target training apparatus, comprising:an axle shaft comprising a shaft member and two assembly disks arranged at two ends of the shaft member; the assembly disk is defined of a central location for connecting to the shaft member; a surrounding of the central location includes three pivotal attachment holes pivotally attached onto the three rebounding portions respectively one by one;
three rebounding portions respectively connected to the axle shaft and capable of rotating relative to the axle shaft in order to adjust an angle among each one of the rebounding portions;
each one of the rebounding portions configured to be positioned onto the axle shaft after positions thereof are set completely, wherein the assembly disk includes a plurality of positioning holes arranged corresponding to any one of the pivotal attachment holes and spaced apart from each other at an equal distance in order to allow each one of the rebounding portions to use an insertion pin for installing into one of the positioning holes for positioning thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,456,648

SWING PRACTICE APPARATUS

1. A swing practice apparatus comprising:a base portion that makes a contact on a ground;
a winding roller having an attaching mechanism;
a trajectory wire, one end of which is connected to the attaching mechanism of the winding roller, and the other end of which is connected to a bracing structure;
a standing pole that extends upward vertically from the base portion;
a horizontal arm that is elongated between a first base side and a third base side and is arranged to be perpendicular to the standing pole;
a pair of horizontal arm wire guide pulleys, having grooves, attached side by side at a middle of the horizontal arm, to receive the trajectory wire in the grooves;
a hinged arm that is rotatable at one end by a hinge at a middle of the horizontal arm;
a hinged arm wire guide pulley attached at an end of the hinged arm opposite to the middle of the horizontal arm;
a trajectory wire hole formed at the end of the hinged arm where the hinged arm wire guide pulley is positioned, wherein the trajectory wire hole is adapted to allow passage of the trajectory wire;
a trajectory pipe, one end of which is connected to the hinged arm at the trajectory wire hole, and the other end is extended toward a pitcher side and has a peak hole at its terminal end adapted to allow passage of the trajectory wire; and
a ball suspended to a suspension ring, wherein the suspension ring is slidable along the trajectory wire and the trajectory pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,456,647

BASKETBALL SHOOTING TRAINING DEVICE

OnlyNet LLC, Richmond, V...

1. A device for improving basketball shooting form, comprising:a housing comprising a base plate secured against a frame, wherein the base plate comprises first and second ends, wherein the frame comprises an apron member extending at a raised angle above the first end of the base plate, wherein the housing further comprises an upper housing assembly secured around an optical projection device maintained at least partially within the housing, wherein the upper housing assembly comprises a flexible upper housing member secured between a back frame and a front frame; and
a finger strap secured to the housing for securing to a finger of a user.

US Pat. No. 10,456,646

BASEBALL BATTING TRAINING AID AND METHOD

1. A baseball batting training device, comprising:a formed unit having a vertical stop located at a side thereof, the vertical stop providing a surface that is alignable along a chest of a batter so that a lead arm of the batter is prevented from traveling past the vertical stop by contacting the vertical stop when the batter winds up to strike a ball; and
a pair of braces rigidly coupled to the vertical stop and extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to the vertical stop so that the pair of braces cross the chest of the batter and the torso of the batter, respectively, for transferring energy from the vertical stop to the chest and torso of the batter when the lead arm of the batter contacts the vertical stop, wherein the pair of braces are curved to better conform to the chest and torso of the batter, wherein the vertical stop is adjustable with respect to the pair of braces so that the vertical stop is extendable away from the pair of braces and away from the chest and torso of the batter and dimensioned to contact an upper portion of the lead arm of the batter near a midpoint of the upper portion of the lead arm of the batter, wherein the formed unit has a front face disposed at an acute angle with respect to surfaces of the pair of braces that contact the chest and torso of the batter and extending from a direction away from a trailing arm of the batter so that a first depth of the front face away from the chest of the batter is less near the lead arm than a second depth of the front face at the vertical stop, wherein the pair of braces each have a curved contact portion for contacting the chest and torso, respectively, of the batter along a length of the curved contact portion and a horizontal wall extending from the pair of braces in a direction perpendicular to the curved contact portion that couples the vertical stop to the pair of braces, and wherein the formed unit further includes a top face and a bottom face extending from the front face and aligned substantially parallel to a corresponding one of vertical walls, wherein the vertical walls are coupled to a corresponding one of the top face and the bottom face with a fastening mechanism, wherein at least one of the horizontal walls of the pair of braces or the top face and the bottom face of the formed unit include holes or indentations to receive a corresponding fastener or protrusion to provide an adjustable stop for setting the acute angle between the front face of the formed unit and the surfaces of the pair of braces that contact the chest and torso of the batter.

US Pat. No. 10,456,645

BASEBALL PRACTICE APPARATUS, SENSING DEVICE AND SENSING METHOD UTILIZED THEREBY, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING BALL PITCHING

NEWDIN CONTENTS CO., LTD....

1. A baseball practice apparatus for allowing a user to practice baseball or play a game of baseball based on a virtual baseball image, the baseball practice apparatus comprising:a ball pitching device configured to pitch a ball toward a batting area where a user bats;
a sensing device configured to calculate ball motion information about at least one of a ball pitched by the ball pitching device and a ball hit by the user by acquiring and analyzing an image of a predetermined photographing range including the batting area and to perform an image analysis of the acquired image according to preset conditions to determine whether the user has prepared for batting in the batting area; and
a control device configured to implement a simulation image of ball motion based on the ball motion information calculated by the sensing device and to proceed with the baseball practice or the game of baseball when the sensing device determines that the user has prepared to bat.

US Pat. No. 10,456,644

BASKETBALL NET COVER

1. A basketball net assembly comprising:a basketball net;
a sheet of fabric attached to the basketball net, having a top end, a bottom end, a first edge, and a second edge, wherein the top end corresponding to a first radius and the bottom end corresponding to a second radius, at the top end a plurality of openings are positioned a predetermined distance from one another and are of a predetermined length, wherein when the first edge and the second edge are secured together a frustum of a cone is formed when the top edge has a first circumference and the bottom edge has a second circumference.

US Pat. No. 10,456,643

GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club head comprising:a top portion;
a sole portion opposite the top portion; and
a striking face configured to impact a golf ball, the striking face comprising a face center and a variable thickness distribution such that the club head exhibits an Expected COR value of not less than 0.810, the Expected COR value being determined based on the following relationship:

wherein:
(a) a virtual rectangular evaluation region is superimposed onto the striking face, the virtual rectangular evaluation region comprising a first pair of horizontal sides having a length of 45 mm, a second pair of vertical sides having a length of 25 mm, and a geometric center that coincides with the face center;
(b) the virtual rectangular evaluation region is divided into 5 rows (m) having an equal height of 5 mm and is divided into 9 columns (n) having an equal width of 5 mm, thereby forming a matrix of bins having coordinates i and j;
(c) cij corresponds to an average COR value associated with bin i, j;
(d) pij corresponds to a bin-specific impact probability value in accordance with the following:
and(e) the golf club head exhibits a characteristic time no greater than 257 microseconds.

US Pat. No. 10,456,642

SLIP-PROOF GRIP SLEEVE AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

1. A slip-proof grip sleeve comprising:a lining tube; and
a slip-proof strip mounted on an outer periphery of the lining tube, wherein the slip-proof strip includes an inner face and an outer face opposite to the inner face, wherein the slip-proof strip further includes a rear end and a front end opposite to the rear end, wherein the slip-proof strip further includes a gripping portion between the rear end and the front end, wherein the slip-proof strip further includes a first folding portion adjacent to the rear end and a second folding portion at a side of the first folding portion adjacent to the gripping portion, wherein each of a thickness of the first folding portion and a thickness of the second folding portion is smaller than a thickness of the gripping portion, wherein the first folding portion is folded in a direction toward the inner face, wherein the first folding portion and the second folding portion overlap with each other wherein skiving the inner face of the slip-proof strip at a location adjacent to the rear end of the slip-proof strip forms the first folding portion and the second folding portion such that the thickness of the strip reduces along the first folding portion and the second folding portion from the gripping portion to the rear end at a constant rate in the direction towards the rear end, and wherein the rear end of the strip is located entirely at a longitudinal end of the lining tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,641

WEIGHT MEMBER FOR A GOLF CLUB HEAD

SRI SPROTS LIMITED, Kobe...

1. A method comprising:forming a first weight having a first finished mass and a second weight having a second finished mass that is different than the first finished mass, thereby defining a variation in finished mass, by:
(a) forming a first intermediate weight body having a first head, including a first head end, and a first shaft, including a first shaft end opposite the first head end, and a first shaft outer diameter the first shaft comprising a first shaft length;
(b) forming a second intermediate weight body having a second head, including a second head end, and a second shaft, including a second shaft end opposite the second head end, and a second shaft outer diameter that is substantially equal to the first shaft outer diameter;
(c) removing an amount of mass from the first intermediate body to form an internal bore extending inwardly through the first intermediate body from the first head end, resulting in a non-zero variation in mass between the first intermediate body and the second intermediate body at least partially contributing to the variation in finished mass, the internal bore comprising a bore depth that is greater than the first shaft length; and
(d) configuring the first and second intermediate weight bodies for interchangeable association within a weight port of a golf club head.

US Pat. No. 10,456,640

HOCKEY STICK WITH VARIABLE STIFFNESS SHAFT

Bauer Hockey, LLC, Exete...

1. A shaft structure of a hockey stick formed by a method comprising the steps of:wrapping a mandrel with fiber tape to form a wrapped shaft structure;
removing the mandrel from the wrapped shaft structure to reveal an internal shaft cavity;
inserting an inflatable bladder into the internal shaft cavity;
positioning the wrapped shaft structure within a mold;
heating the mold and expanding a bladder within the cavity to urge the fiber tape toward the walls of the mold; and
cooling the mold, contracting the bladder, and removing the bladder from the shaft structure,
wherein the walls of the mold impart an outer geometry on the shaft structure that includes a first portion having a cross-sectional geometry with at least five sides along a length of the shaft structure, and a second portion,
wherein the first portion has a bending stiffness that varies along the length of the first portion and is greater than a second bending stiffness of the second portion, due to the first portion having a greater second moment of inertia than the second portion,
wherein the first portion has a maximum bending stiffness at a point along the shaft between 11 and 18 inches from heel of the hockey stick, and
wherein the maximum bending stiffness is at least 10% higher than a bending stiffness at a point where the shaft structure is coupled to a blade of the hockey stick.

US Pat. No. 10,456,639

BASEBALL BAT

1. A bat comprising:a body comprising a first material, the body defining an exterior surface with a top end and a bottom end;
a barrel portion having a barrel cross-section with a substantially circular perimeter that defines a center point;
the barrel cross-section defining a longitudinal axis substantially perpendicular to the barrel cross-section, the longitudinal axis intersecting and extending through the exterior surface, near the top and bottom ends, at respective upper and lower intersection points, and otherwise within the exterior surface, the lower intersection point located outside the bottom end of the body;
a handle portion that includes the bottom end;
the handle portion defining a maximum forward distance, measured along a first line perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, from a first point on the longitudinal axis to a first location on the exterior surface of the handle portion that is farthest forward of the longitudinal axis;
the handle portion defining a maximum rearward distance, measured along a second line perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, from a second point on the longitudinal axis to a second location on the exterior surface of the handle portion that is farthest rearward of the longitudinal axis;
the handle portion also having an asymmetrically flared region extending from an upper boundary to a lower boundary, the upper boundary being more proximate the top end and the lower boundary being more proximate the bottom end;
the asymmetrically flared region defining a non-circular cross-section perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, the non-circular cross-section having a major axis; and
portions of the exterior surface, in the asymmetrically flared region, defining a front edge and a rear edge, wherein the distance from the longitudinal axis to the front edge, measured along respective lines perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, is greater than the distance from the longitudinal axis to the rear edge, for each point of the longitudinal axis throughout the asymmetrically flared region.

US Pat. No. 10,456,638

GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A putter-type golf club head that, when oriented in a reference position, comprising:a main body having a front surface, a rear surface, a top surface, and a bottom surface, the front surface being inclined forwardly in an upward direction at an angle ? relative to vertical as measured in a front-to-rear direction; and
a face component comprising:
a first element secured to the front surface of the main body, the first element formed of a resilient material and having a thickness that gradually increases toward a sole portion, the first element comprising a first element front surface, a first element rear surface opposite the first element front surface, and a first element side surface extending intermediate the first element front surface and the first element rear surface, the first element front surface being inclined rearwardly in the upward direction at an angle ? relative to vertical as measured in the front-to-rear direction, the angle ? being between 2° and 6°; and
a second element forward of the first element and comprising a rigid material, the second element secured directly to the first element.

US Pat. No. 10,456,637

PUTTER-TYPE GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A putter-type golf club head that, when oriented in a reference position, comprises:a main body comprising a blade member extending in a heel-to-toe direction and having a striking wall defining a substantially planar striking surface, and a central elongate member in communication with, and extending rearwardly from, the blade member, the central elongate member having an upper surface;
wherein:
the main body is formed of plural discrete components including a sole portion comprising a first material and a top portion comprising a second material different from the first material, the sole portion being recessed in its entirety from the upper surface of the central elongate member;
the upper surface of the central elongate member comprises at least one generally square-shaped alignment element; and
the first material comprises a first density and the second material comprises a second density that is less than the first density.

US Pat. No. 10,456,636

SUPPORTED IRON SET

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A set of golf clubs comprising at least a first golf club, a second golf club, and a third club, wherein:the first, second and third golf clubs each comprising a heel, a toe, a topline, a hosel, a sole a back wall and a front face having a face center,
the first golf club further comprising a first loft angle (LA1) of between 15 and 25 degrees having a first face stabilizing bar extending from the heel to the toe having a first plurality of face stabilizing bar apertures, a first back panel extending from the sole to the first face stabilizing bar and forming a portion of the back wall and having a first plurality of back wall apertures, wherein the back wall comprises a back aperture adjacent the heel such that it makes the first face stabilizing bar Y-shaped with a portion extending from the sole toward a center of the first face stabilizing bar, and a first center of gravity positioned horizontally from the face center by a first distance,
the second golf club further comprising a second loft angle (LA2) of between 26 and 36 degrees and a second center of gravity positioned horizontally from the face center by a second distance, and
the third golf club further comprising a third loft angle (LA3) of between 37 and 47 degrees and a third center of gravity positioned horizontally from the face center by a third distance.

US Pat. No. 10,456,635

PICTURE CODING AND DECODING

Velos Media, LLC, Plano,...

1. A method of coding a picture comprising N?2 slices, said method comprising:generating, for each slice of said N slices, a coded slice representation based on pixel values of pixels in said slice;
setting a slice flag associated with each of the said N slices, wherein
for a first slice of said N slices, setting the slice flag associated with the first slice to a first defined value to indicate that the first slice is the initial slice in the picture;
for each slice of N?1 remaining slices of said N slices, setting the slice flag associated with each said slice to a second defined value;
generating, for each slice of said N?1 remaining slices, a slice address allowing identification of a position of a first coding unit of each said slice within said picture, wherein each of said N?1 slice addresses is signaled with a fixed length code; and
generating a coded picture representation of said picture comprising said N coded slice representations, said N?1 slice addresses and said N slice flags.

US Pat. No. 10,456,634

GOLF CLUB FACE INSERT

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A putter comprising:a body comprising a top portion, a sole portion, a toe side, a heel side, a rear side, and a face side with a recess; and
a face insert comprising a striking plate having a first thickness and a backing portion having a second thickness,
wherein the face insert is disposed within the recess so that at least a portion of the striking plate is exposed,
wherein a horizontal y-axis extends in a heel side to toe side direction parallel with the face side, a vertical z-axis extends perpendicular to the y-axis from the sole portion to the top portion, and a horizontal x-axis extends perpendicular to both the y- and z-axes from the face side to the rear side,
wherein the striking plate comprises a base portion, a first set of hinge features, a second set of hinge features, and a third set of hinge features,
wherein the first set of hinge features comprises a plurality of first hinge features, at least one of which extends towards the sole portion parallel with the z-axis,
wherein the second set of hinge features comprises a plurality of second hinge features, at least one of which extends towards the heel side parallel with the y-axis,
wherein the third set of hinge features comprises a plurality of third hinge features, at least one of which extends towards the toe side parallel with the y-axis,
wherein each of the hinge features of the first, second, and third pluralities of hinge features comprises a stem portion that extends from the base portion, and a tab portion that is spaced from the base portion by the stem portion and extends from the stem portion without making contact with the base portion, and
wherein at least one tab portion is at least partially disposed over a through-hole extending through the striking plate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,633

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STRINGING A RACKET

1. A system for stringing a racket, the system comprising:a support structure;
one or more mounting devices configured to mount the racket to the support structure;
a plurality of actuators, each actuator of the plurality of actuators including a selectively movable arm movable between a retracted position and an extended position;
a plurality of links, each link of the plurality of links being configured to couple to a string on the racket at a first portion of the link and coupled to a different arm of the plurality of actuators at a second portion of the link;
a string feed assembly configured to provide racket string to the racket for stringing;
a string collection assembly configured to collect string from the racket; and
a controller configured to coordinate movement of each arm in the plurality of actuators from the retracted position to the extended position or from the extended position to the retracted position in a predetermined sequence,
wherein movement of each arm of the plurality of actuators in the predetermined sequence is effective to tighten the racket string on the head of racket when:
the racket string from the string feed assembly is woven across a head of the racket such that different portions of the racket string are positioned between different adjacent grommet holes of a plurality of grommet holes on the head of the racket; and
the first portion of each link of the plurality of links is coupled to a different portion of the racket string between two adjacent grommet holes of the plurality of grommet holes on the head of the racket such that when the arm moves from the extended position to the retracted position, the link pulls the portion of the racket string positioned between the adjacent grommet holes away from the adjacent grommet holes.

US Pat. No. 10,456,632

MOBILE SYSTEM FOR STORING, DISPENSING, POSITIONING, AND RETRIEVING GOLF BALLS FOR PUTTING AND CHIPPING PRACTICE

1. A golf ball positioning dispenser for putting and chipping practice, comprising:a base having an opening therethrough for dispensing a plurality of golf balls;
at least two base wheels rotatably connected to the base;
a ball drop mechanism attached to the base, the ball drop mechanism being configured for dispensing the golf balls;
a timing wheel attached to one of the base wheels and in communication with the ball drop mechanism to dispense a golf ball at a preset distance; and
a tape measure mechanism connected to the base to determine a radial distance from a target.

US Pat. No. 10,456,629

GRAPHENE AND CARBON NANOTUBE REINFORCED GOLF BALL

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf ball comprising:an inner core comprising a polybutadiene material;
an outer core comprising a polybutadiene material in an amount ranging from 40 to 90 weight percent, zinc diacrylate in an amount ranging from 10 to 50 weight percent, zinc oxide in an amount ranging from 1 to 30 weight percent, peroxide initiator in an amount ranging from 0.1 to 10 weight percent, a graphene material in an amount ranging from 0.01 to 6.0 weight percent of the outer core, and a carbon nanotube (CNT) material in an amount ranging from 0.01 to 6.0 weight percent of the outer core, wherein the graphene material has a surface area ranging from 150 m2/g to 1000 m2/g; and
a cover layer disposed over the outer core;
wherein the inner core has a deflection of more than 0.230 under a load of 200 pounds, and wherein the outer core over the inner core has a deflection of more than 0.080 under a load of 200 pounds.

US Pat. No. 10,456,628

GOLF BALL

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf ball comprising a golf ball body and a paint film formed on a surface of the golf ball body, whereina base resin constituting the paint film is a polyurethane obtained through a reaction between a polyol compound and a polyisocyanate compound,
the polyol compound contains a urethane polyol,
the urethane polyol contains a polyether diol having a number average molecular weight of 550 or more and 3000 or less as a polyol component, and
the paint film is such that a linear approximation curve obtained by a least square method has a slope in an absolute value ranging from 0.0004 to 0.0015 when a loss tangent tan ? of the paint film in a state of being formed on the surface of the golf ball body measured by the following measuring condition 1 is plotted as a vertical axis against a measuring frequency (Hz) as a horizontal axis, and that an elastic modulus of the paint film in the state of being formed on the surface of the golf ball body measured by the following measuring condition 2 ranges from 0.040 GPa to 0.600 GPa:

Measuring apparatus: “TI950 Tribo Indenter” available from Hysitron, Inc.
Indenter specification: Berkovich type
Test load (maximum indenting load): 100 ?N
Frequency: 1 Hz, 10 Hz, 105 Hz
Measuring environment: 23° C., RH 50%, in the atmosphere;

Measuring apparatus: “TI950 Tribo Indenter” available from Hysitron, Inc.
Indenter specification: Berkovich type
Maximum indenting depth: 300 nm
Measuring environment: 23° C., RH 50%, in the atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,456,627

SWIMMING PADDLE

1. A method for controlling a sensory feedback generator that is configured to provide a haptic response, the method comprising:receiving orientation data from an orientation sensor over a first period of time corresponding to a plurality of cycles of a freestyle swimming stroke, wherein each cycle comprises a first position corresponding to a catch phase and a second position corresponding to a pull phase;
determining an angle between a longitudinal axis of a swimmer's forearm or hand and a vertical axis that is perpendicular to a surface of water from the orientation data;
determining that the angle is within a range of 30 degrees or less from the vertical axis at the first position;
initiating the sensory feedback generator based on determining that the angle is within the range of 30 degrees or less from the vertical axis at the first position, thereby providing feedback to the swimmer that they are executing the first position using correct technique, wherein the sensory feedback generator is configured to provide the haptic response when initiated; and
continue generating the haptic response from the sensory feedback generator based on the determination that the angle is within the range of 30 degrees or less from the vertical axis at the second position, thereby providing feedback to the swimmer that they are executing the second position using correct technique.

US Pat. No. 10,456,626

BALANCE TRAINER EXERCISE DEVICE

The Slack Liner, LLC

1. A balance trainer exercise device comprising a first member having an upper wall which comprises a first elongated and elevated first platform, a second member having an upper wall which comprises a second elongated and elevated second platform spaced from said first platform, at least one elongated rigid bar having an upper exercise surface, said at least one rigid bar mounted to an upper portion of said first member and an upper portion of said second member and interconnecting said first member and said second member, at least one elongated flexible strap mounted to an upper portion of said first member and an upper portion of said second member, said at least one flexible strap having an upper exercise surface, and said at least one rigid bar and said at least one flexible strap being mounted to said first member and said second member at generally the same elevation as each other and being oriented in an exposed side by side relationship with respect to each other between said first member and said second member.

US Pat. No. 10,456,625

SPORTING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

Delta Electronics, Inc., ...

1. A sporting apparatus, which is capable of continuously outputting electricity, comprising:a structure body;
an endless belt disposed on the structure body and rotated by kinetic energy by a user;
an electricity generating unit disposed in the structure body and configured to transform kinetic energy transmitted from the endless belt into electric power;
a position sensing unit disposed in the structure body and configured to sense a position of the user on the endless belt so as to generate a sensing signal; and
a modulation unit electrically connected with the electricity generating unit and the position sensing unit for receiving the sensing signal;
wherein, the modulation unit comprises a DC/AC inverter, a current sensing element, an inductor and a semiconductor switch with a controller, the current sensing element is configured to sense an armature current outputted from the electricity generating unit and output a signal to the controller, and the controller is configured to control the duty ratio of the semiconductor switch to control the armature current, so that a counter torque of the electricity generating unit is adjusted when the armature current is adjusted according to the sensing signal for controlling the rotation speed of the endless belt.

US Pat. No. 10,456,624

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING EXERCISE TESTING AND TRAINING

THE UAB RESEARCH FOUNDATI...

1. A system, comprising:a treadmill;
a harness configured to transfer a constant horizontal force to a person on the treadmill, the harness being configured to prevent the person from falling onto a belt of the treadmill and the harness is connected to a lever arm, wherein a weight is suspended from the lever, or the harness is connected to an elastic line configured to develop the constant horizontal force as the elastic line is stretched;
a computing device in data communication with the treadmill and the harness, wherein the computing device is configured to at least:
identify a velocity of a belt of the treadmill;
identify a mass of the person; and
calculate a work rate for the person on the treadmill based at least in part on the velocity of the belt and the mass of the person.

US Pat. No. 10,456,623

WEARABLE DEVICE ASSEMBLY HAVING ATHLETIC FUNCTIONALITY AND MILESTONE TRACKING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method, comprising:determining, by a computing device, a first location of an activity monitoring device worn by a user;
receiving, by the computing device, athletic activity data from the activity monitoring device indicating one or more athletic activities performed by the user;
generating, by the computing device, an application interface that communicates the received athletic activity data to the user; and
automatically establishing, based on the determined first location, one or more display characteristics for the application interface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,622

DETECTION OF BIKING, WALKING, AND RUNNING

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A wearable device to be worn by a user during an activity, the wearable device comprising:a motion sensor to collect motion data of the user during the activity; and
processing logic stored in a memory element of the wearable device and comprising instructions executable by a processor to:
receive motion data collected by the motion sensor;
determine a magnitude of the motion data by taking the magnitude of an acceleration signal, applying a high-pass filter to the acceleration signal, and integrating the standard deviation of the high-passed acceleration signal over a period of time;
determine a frequency of the motion data; and
identify the activity in which the user is engaged based on the magnitude and the frequency of the motion data.

US Pat. No. 10,456,621

IMPACT POINT ESTIMATION APPARATUS

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. An impact point estimation apparatus for estimating an impact point on a face surface of a head when a golf club having a grip, a shaft and the head is swung and hits a golf ball, comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire time series sensor data that is output from at least one of an angular velocity sensor and an acceleration sensor that is attached to at least one of the grip and the shaft;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a characteristic value of an initial stress wave that occurs due to impact, based on the sensor data acquired in an analysis period including an initial period after impact; and
an estimation unit configured to estimate the impact point on the face surface, according to the characteristic value, wherein the analysis period includes only a period after impact and before 0.005 seconds have elapsed from impact, and wherein the characteristic value includes a first characteristic value of an angular velocity about a first axis and a second characteristic value of an angular velocity about a second axis as characteristic values of the initial stress wave that occurs due to impact, and the first and second characteristic values are determined based on the sensor data acquired in the analysis period, the first axis and the second axis being included in a plane that is generally parallel to the face surface and being substantially orthogonal with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,456,620

SQUAT AND SPINAL FITNESS AND REHABILITATION DEVICE

1. An exercise device that includes:a base that includes a unitary peripheral frame with a front side, a backside, and two lateral sides;
a platform disposed within the base for supporting a foot of a user;
a vertical stabilization bar coupled to each one of the lateral sides;
a horizontal lower leg stabilization bar disposed between each of the vertical stabilization bars;
a lower leg support brace mounted to the horizontal lower leg stabilization bar and configured for retaining a lower leg of the user when the foot of the user is disposed upon the platform; and
a vertical stabilization bar range of motion boot configured for guiding the vertical stabilization bar, the vertical stabilization range of motion boot configured to stabilize the vertical stabilization bars and permit a range of motion of the vertical stabilization bars between an upright position at a 90 degree angle from the platform and a forward position at an angle essentially parallel to the platform;
wherein the exercise device is configured to provide stability to the body of the user when performing squat exercises.

US Pat. No. 10,456,619

EXERCISE DEVICE AND RELATED METHODS THEREOF

1. An exercise device comprising:a main pulley configured to rotate about a hub and having a first surface, a second surface opposite to the first surface, and a peripheral surface;
a lower pulley;
a resistance drum coupled to the lower pulley and having an adjustably engaging relationship to the main pulley;
a belt wrapped partially around the peripheral surface of the main pulley and the lower pulley;
brake lining positioned inside the resistance drum and configured to be adjusted inwardly and outwardly along interior sidewalls of the resistance drum;
a cable coupled to the brake lining to control an amount of resistance to a rotation of the resistance drum; and
a crank shaft coupled to a hub of the main pulley and configured to be operated by feet of an individual for rotating the main pulley about the hub against the resistance to exercise the individual.

US Pat. No. 10,456,618

PORTABLE EXERCISE APPARATUS

1. An exercise apparatus comprising:a pair of tracks each extending in a respective longitudinal direction from a first end of a respective one of the tracks to a second end thereof, each one of the tracks including an inner side and an outer side each spanning from the first end to the second end of the respective one of the tracks;
a pair of limb receiving members defining top support surfaces for receiving limbs of a user;
the pair of limb receiving members each being operatively coupled to the respective one of the tracks so as to be slidable relative thereto between the first end of the respective one of the tracks and the second end thereof;
the pair of tracks comprising upper load bearing surfaces supporting the limb receiving members in sliding contact therewith and lower surfaces adapted for resting on a support surface in an operating position of the exercise apparatus;
the pair of tracks being oriented substantially parallel to one another such that the respective longitudinal directions of the tracks are oriented substantially parallel to one another;
the pair of tracks being interconnected by a bridging portion which spans from the inner side of one of the tracks to the inner side of the other one of the tracks;
the bridging portion comprising a hinge defining a folding axis oriented substantially parallel to each one of the respective longitudinal directions of the tracks so that the tracks are movable between the operating position in which the pair of tracks are located in spaced relation from one another with respect to a transverse direction which is cross-wise to the respective longitudinal directions of the pair of tracks such that the inner sides of the tracks are spaced from one another in the transverse direction and the folding axis is located centrally between the tracks with respect to the transverse direction, and a storage position in which the tracks are disposed with the upper load bearing surfaces or the lower surfaces facing one another and the folding axis is located transversely outwardly from the pair of tracks.

US Pat. No. 10,456,617

ROCKER EXERCISE APPARATUS WITH ENHANCED STABILITY AND USER SAFETY

1. An exercise apparatus configured to rock on a ground surface and support a user in a plurality of positions with enhanced stability and user safety, the exercise apparatus configured to enable the user to perform a variety of exercises in any one of the plurality of positions, the exercise apparatus comprising:a pair of side plates coupled together by a plurality of rods and configured to be disposed on the ground surface, the plurality of rods positioned throughout the pair of side plates with a first pair of rods in the plurality of rods located proximate first end portions of the pair of side plates and a second pair of rods in the plurality of rods located proximate second end portions of the pair of side plates, each side plate in the pair of side plates comprising an upper surface having a concave shape and a lower surface having a convex shape configured to contact the ground surface and permit a lateral rocking movement of the respective side plate of the pair of side plates, the lower surface of each side plate of the pair of side plates comprising a pair of fins extending from opposing ends of the lower surface toward the ground surface, a first fin in the pair of fins converging to a first point beneath and between the first pair of rods and a second fin in the pair of fins converging to a second point beneath and between the second pair of rods, the first point or second point in each of the pair of fins pointing towards the ground surface and configured to contact the ground surface to limit a range of the lateral rocking movement permitted by the respective side plate of the pair of side plates;
wherein the user is configured to grab any number of the plurality of rods to maneuver the pair of side plates within the range of the lateral rocking movement, thereby enabling the user to perform the variety of exercises in the plurality of positions.

US Pat. No. 10,456,616

DEVICE FOR MODIFYING GRIPS FOR WEIGHTS

1. A weight grip comprising:a sloping upper surface the slope formed from a first high end to a second low end, the first high end being higher than the second low end;
a left side wall descending from the sloping upper surface;
a right side wall descending from the sloping upper surface;
a curved receiving portion substantially opposite the sloping upper surface, the curved receiving portion disposed between the left side wall in the right side wall; and
wherein the left side wall and the right side wall join the sloping upper surface and the curved receiving portion, the left side wall and the right side wall each having an upper portion that is substantially vertical and a lower portion that curves inward such that they are thinner at a bottom edge than at the sloping upper surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,615

PNEUMATIC EXERCISE DEVICE

1. A pneumatic exercise device comprising:an ergonomic handle and a resistance base;
wherein the pneumatic exercise device is a resistance device that is used during exercise or therapy;
wherein two of the pneumatic exercise devices are used together to perform exercises or therapies where one of the pneumatic exercise devices is pulled while the other is pushed, and vice versa;
wherein the ergonomic handle comprises a handle base, a left handle upright, a right handle upright, a grip, and a pivot joint;
wherein the ergonomic handle is adapted to provide a grasping point for a user to hold while using the pneumatic exercise device;
wherein the handle base is a horizontally oriented plate;
wherein a center, underside of the handle base is coupled to the pivot joint;
wherein a top, left side of the handle base is coupled to the left handle upright and a top, right side of the handle base is coupled to the right handle upright;
wherein the handle base is fabricated from a rigid material;
wherein the left handle upright is a rigid support that couples a left side of the handle base to a left side of the grip;
wherein the right handle upright is a rigid support that couples a right side of the handle base to a right side of the grip;
wherein the left handle upright comprises a pivot release;
wherein depressing the pivot release releases the pivot joint and allows the pivot joint to change a pivot angle;
wherein the grip is a cylindrical handle disposed between a top of the left handle upright and a top of the right handle upright;
wherein the grip is used to pull or push the pneumatic exercise device;
wherein the grip is covered with a padding material to enhance comfort;
wherein the pivot joint comprises a pivot axle, a pivot latch, and the pivot release;
wherein the pivot joint couples the ergonomic handle to a piston shaft;
wherein the pivot joint allows the pivot angle of the ergonomic handle to change;
wherein the pivot axle is a cylindrical bar which the ergonomic handle uses as a center of rotation;
wherein a center of the pivot axle is coupled to the piston shaft;
wherein a left end of the pivot axle and a right end of the pivot axle is pivotally coupled to a pair of downward projections of the handle base.

US Pat. No. 10,456,614

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DELIVERY OF AN ASSISTIVE FORCE FOR REHABILITATION/THERAPY AND WEIGHT TRAINING EXERCISE MACHINES AND STANDS

Omegamax Holding Company,...

1. An assist apparatus for delivering an assist force to a human subject at a rehabilitation/therapy exercise station comprising:a motorized assist assembly including a motor driven reel, the assembly configured to generate a non-zero assist force through the reel;
a flexible assist member having first and second opposing ends, the first end being secured to the reel so as to permit the member to be wound onto and from the reel by operation of the motorized assist assembly;
a harness configured to support the human subject, the harness being operably connected to the second end of the flexible assist member to apply the assist force generated by the motorized assist assembly to a human subject in the harness;
a human-machine interface configured to receive human input of variable parameters for assistance control including entry of at least a user selected non-zero assist force; and
a main digital controller operably connected with at least the motorized assist assembly and the human-machine interface, the main digital controller being programmed to automatically convert the user selected non-zero assist force into control signals suitable to operate the motorized assist assembly exclusive of further user input to provide the user selected non-zero assist force through the flexible assist member and harness to at least partially support the weight of the human subject during exercise,
wherein the human input of variable parameters comprises at least one of a number of repetitions of the exercise, or differing concentric and eccentric assist forces to be provided during the concentric portion and the eccentric portion of the exercise.

US Pat. No. 10,456,613

ADJUSTABLE STRETCHING APPARATUS

1. A stretching apparatus, comprising:a vertical post comprising a bottom end supported by a base;
said vertical post comprising a plurality of holes disposed therethrough, said plurality of holes being disposed along said vertical post in a vertically spaced relation to one another;
at least one horizontal support bar selectively positionable at least partially through one of said plurality of holes at a time, said at least one horizontal support bar comprising a proximal end and a distal end;
a stopper disposed at said proximal end of said at least one horizontal support bar, said stopper configured to restrict movement of said at least one horizontal support bar from being disposed completely through said each of said plurality of holes;
a plurality of fixed support bars respectively extending outward from said vertical post, each of said plurality of fixed support bars being fixedly attached to said vertical post at a position below at least two of the plurality of holes so as to allow a user to lean on one of said plurality of fixed support bars with an arm of the user extended downward while an ankle of the user rests on said at least one horizontal support bar; and
wherein said distal end of said at least one horizontal support bar is selectively disposable through one of said plurality of holes disposed along said vertical post, and said at least one horizontal support bar is positionable through said one of said plurality of holes until said stopper restricts further movement of said at least one horizontal support bar therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,456,612

PORTABLE EXERCISE APPARATUS

1. An apparatus, comprising:a body;
a top strap partially housed in a top ratchet assembly attached to a top portion of the body;
a bottom strap partially housed in a bottom ratchet assembly attached to a bottom portion of the body;
an integrated connector directly and permanently attached to the body, and extending approximately 90 degrees from a side surface of the body;
a top plate connected to the integrated connector and the side surface of the body and extending from a top surface of the integrated connector along the side surface of the body to the top portion of the body, the top plate having a first surface area;
a bottom plate connected to the integrated connector and the side surface of the body and extending from a bottom surface of the integrated connector along the side surface of the body to the bottom portion of the body, the bottom plate having a second surface area greater than the first surface area of the top plate; and
a first connector being elongated, cylindrical, and removably and collinearly attachable to a free end of the integrated connector.

US Pat. No. 10,456,611

OXYGEN REDUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING AN OXYGEN REDUCTION SYSTEM

AMRONA AG, Zug (CH)

10. A method for configuring an oxygen reduction system for an enclosed area, wherein the method comprises steps of:dividing a predefined time cycle into a plurality of consecutive time periods;
establishing an average total air exchange rate of the enclosed area for each of the time periods;
weighting the established average total air exchange rate in terms of respective durations of the corresponding time periods; and
adapting and/or selecting a gas separation system of the oxygen reduction system in consideration of weighted average total air exchange rates of the enclosed area such that an oxygen concentration in a spatial atmosphere of the enclosed area always remains within a range between a predefined operating concentration and a predefinable lower limit concentration when the gas separation system is continuously operated in a first operating mode in which a volume of an oxygen-reduced gas mixture or an oxygen-displacing gas within a predefined range or a definable range is continuously provided at an outlet of the gas separation system per unit of time.

US Pat. No. 10,456,610

STABILITY SYSTEM FOR A FIRE APPARATUS

Oshkosh Corporation, Osh...

1. A fire apparatus comprising:a chassis;
a body assembly coupled to the chassis;
a front cabin coupled to a front end of the chassis forward of the body assembly;
a front axle coupled to the chassis, proximate the front end of the chassis;
at least one rear axle coupled to the chassis, proximate a rear end of the chassis;
a ladder assembly having a proximal end that is coupled to the chassis between the front axle and the at least one rear axle; and
a stability system including:
a pair of front downriggers coupled to the front end of the chassis, the pair of front downriggers selectively extendable to engage a ground surface;
a pair of rear downriggers coupled to the rear end of the chassis rearward of the at least one rear axle, the pair of rear downriggers selectively extendable to engage the ground surface; and
an outrigger assembly coupled to the chassis between the front axle and the at least one rear axle, the outrigger assembly including a pair of outriggers that are selectively extendable from the body assembly, wherein the pair of outriggers extend laterally from the body assembly at an angle relative to a horizontal.

US Pat. No. 10,456,609

BUFFERING BACKPACK DEVICE FOR FALLING PROTECTION

AKILA TECH CO., LTD., Ta...

1. A buffering backpack device, comprising:a backpack body, having an accommodation chamber defined therein, wherein said accommodation chamber has an opening on top thereof for an inside of said accommodation chamber to communicate outside of said accommodation chamber;
an energy absorption band arranged in said accommodation chamber and formed by a first layer and a second layer coincidingly bound with each other, wherein a top end of said first layer has a first connecting portion extended therefrom, wherein a top end of said second layer has a second connecting portion extended therefrom, wherein said first connecting portion and said second connecting portion divergently protrude from said backpack body via said opening, wherein said first connecting portion is for coupling with a safety harness, wherein said second connecting portion is for coupling with an anti-falling device; and
a restricting structure, controlling and positioning said first layer and said second layer of said energy absorption band in said accommodation chamber, wherein when a user of said buffering backpack device falls, said restricting structure releases said first layer and said second layer, such that said first layer and said second layer leaves said accommodation chamber via said opening for anti-falling suspension, wherein said backpack body further comprises a back board and a zipper arranged in a U-shape manner on a front of said back board for coupling with a front cover, so as to define said accommodation chamber between said back board and said front cover, wherein a left edge and a right edge of a top end of said front cover are sewn on said back board to form said opening at a center portion thereof to connect and communicate with said accommodation chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,456,608

SAFETY APPARATUS FOR ARRESTING A FALL OF A WORKER

Garlock Safety Systems In...

1. Safety apparatus for placement on a surface comprising, in combination: a frame including first and second frame sides each having first and second ends, with the first ends of the first and second frame sides including first mobility elements providing mobility on the surface; a front assembly including second mobility elements providing mobility on the surface, with the front assembly moveably connected to the second ends of the first and second frame sides, with the front assembly moveable between an actuated position and a transport position, with the second ends of the first and second frame sides in the transport portion being above the second ends of the first and second frame sides in the actuated position; a weight pan connected between the first and second frame sides and between the first and second ends of the first and second frame sides, with the weight pan positioned on the surface in the actuated position and positioned above the surface in the transport position; and a safety cable connection operably connected to the weight pan configured to connect to a safety cable connected to a worker.

US Pat. No. 10,456,605

ULTRASOUND-BASED NEUROMODULATION SYSTEM

ReCor Medical, Inc., Pal...

1. An intravascular, ultrasound-based ablation system comprising:a catheter comprising at least one fluid lumen;
a balloon positioned at a distal end of the catheter, an interior of the balloon being in fluid communication with the at least one fluid lumen of the catheter, wherein the balloon is configured to inflate when fluid is delivered into the interior through the at least one fluid lumen of the catheter;
a tip extending distally from a distal end of the balloon;
an ultrasound transducer positioned within the balloon, the ultrasound transducer comprising a cylindrical tube extending a first length and comprising inner and outer surfaces, each of the inner and outer surfaces comprising an electrode, wherein the ultrasound transducer defines an internal space adjacent the inner surface, the internal space being in fluid communication with the interior of the balloon so that, when in use, fluid entering the balloon passes along both the inner and outer surfaces to transfer heat away from the ultrasound transducer;
a backing member extending a second length that is longer than the first length, the backing member extending entirely through the ultrasound transducer; and
an insulating member extending a third length that is longer than the second length, the insulating member extending from the catheter to the tip and connecting the catheter with the tip, the insulting member positioned within the backing member and extending entirely through the backing member such that the backing member is offset from the distal end of the catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,456,604

GARMENT SYSTEM INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE THERAPEUTIC STIMULATION DELIVERY DEVICE AND RELATED METHODS

ELWHA LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. A system for delivering therapeutic stimulation to a subject, the system comprising:at least one flexible compression garment configured to be worn on at least one body part of the subject, the at least one flexible compression garment defining an interior space configured to receive the at least one body part;
one or more sensors positioned and configured to sense at least one characteristic of the at least one body part that is related to at least one of movement or a physiological state of the at least one body part, the one or more sensors further configured to output one or more sensing signals indicative of the at least one characteristic;
an array of therapeutic stimulation delivery devices (“TSDDs”) positioned and configured to dynamically apply therapeutic radiation to the at least one body part;
a controller operably coupled to the one or more sensors to receive the one or more sensing signals therefrom and to the array of TSDDs, the controller including control electrical circuitry configured to direct the array of TSDDs to dynamically apply the therapeutic radiation to a region of the at least one body part responsive to one or more sensing signals.

US Pat. No. 10,456,603

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPTIMIZING TRANSSKULL ACOUSTIC TREATMENT

INSIGHTEC, LTD., Tirat C...

1. A method of performing trans-skull ultrasound treatment for individual patients, the method comprising:obtaining a plurality of images of a patient's skull;
detecting a treatment target area in the plurality of images;
computationally determining a global skull density ratio (SDR) representing structural characteristics of the skull on a plurality of beam paths, each beam path extending from an ultrasound transducer element to the skull and focused at the treatment target area;
determining a likelihood of successful trans-skull ultrasound treatment of the patient by comparing the global SDR to a predetermined threshold; and
operating the ultrasound transducer elements based at least in part on the determined likelihood so as to improve effectiveness of the ultrasound treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,456,602

PARTICLE THERAPY SYSTEM

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A particle therapy system, comprising:a synchrotron which generates a charged particle beam;
a beam delivery system which irradiates an irradiation target with a charged particle beam extracted from the synchrotron thereby forming a radiation field;
a rotating gantry which is provided with the beam delivery system and is rotatable around the irradiation target; and
a dispersion measuring device which measures the dispersion of the charged particle beam at the position of the irradiation target at a plurality of rotation angles of the rotating gantry,
wherein the orbit center of the charged particle beam extracted from the synchrotron and the rotation axis of the rotating gantry are located on substantially the same straight line, and
wherein the charged particle beam has vertical and horizontal dispersions at the plurality of rotation angles of the rotating gantry, and the vertical and horizontal dispersions are simultaneously corrected to zero.

US Pat. No. 10,456,601

METHOD OF CALIBRATION OF A STEREOSCOPIC CAMERA SYSTEM FOR USE WITH A RADIO THERAPY TREATMENT APPARATUS

VISION RT LIMITED, Londo...

1. A method of calibrating a 3D camera. system for use with a radio therapy treatment apparatus, the method comprising:i) storing a reference 3D computer model of a reference surface of a reference calibration phantom, the reference calibration phantom being configured with a known surface, a known position, and a known orientation to a co-ordinate system of the camera system;
ii) positioning a physical calibration phantom in the radio therapy treatment apparatus, the physical calibration phantom having an iso-center which defines an original of the radio therapy treatment apparatus co-ordinate system;
iii) utilizing a 3D camera system to obtain images of the physical calibration phantom;
iv) irradiating the positioned physical calibration phantom using the radio therapy treatment apparatus to obtain irradiation images of the positioned physical calibration phantom;
v) determining a first transformation required to transform the position and orientation of the positioned physical calibration phantom into the co-ordinate system of the radio therapy treatment apparatus, by analyzing the images obtained in step iv);
vi) processing the images obtained by the 3D camera system in step iii) to generate a 3D computer model of a surface of the positioned physical calibration phantom;
vii) determining a second transformation required to transform the generated 3D computer model of the surface of the positioned physical calibration phantom into alignment with the reference surface of the reference calibration phantom; and
viii) applying the first and second transformations to transform generated 3D models obtained by the 3D camera system into corresponding positions and orientations in the co-ordinate system of the therapy treatment apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,456,600

GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF RADIATION THERAPY

RefleXion Medical, Inc., ...

1. A system for radiation therapy comprising:a rotatable gantry;
a gantry position sensor coupled to the rotatable gantry;
a therapeutic radiation source mounted on the rotatable gantry and movable to a plurality of gantry firing positions by rotating the gantry;
a radiation detector disposed in a radiation beam path of the therapeutic radiation source;
a beam-shaping component disposed in the radiation beam path of the therapeutic radiation source, the beam-shaping component configured to have a radiation-transmitting aperture with a size and shape;
a beam-shaping component sensor configured to detect the size and shape of the radiation-transmitting aperture; and
a display in communication with a controller, wherein
the controller comprises a machine-readable memory medium storing a value of a planned radiation delivery metric over time, and a processor configured to
calculate a real-time value of the radiation delivery metric at multiple time points during a radiation delivery session based on data acquired from the gantry position sensor and/or radiation detector and/or beam-shaping component sensor during the radiation delivery session,
generate a graphical representation depicting the planned radiation delivery metric value and the real-time radiation delivery metric value over the multiple time points, and output the graphical representation to the display.

US Pat. No. 10,456,599

ONLINE ANGLE SELECTION IN ROTATIONAL IMAGING AND TRACKING SYSTEMS

ACCURAY INCORPORATED, Su...

1. A radiation therapy apparatus comprising:a treatment couch;
a radiation treatment source, the radiation treatment source to deliver a radiation treatment beam to a target;
a first imaging device having a first fixed angle;
a second imaging device having a second fixed angle;
a third imaging device mounted to a rotatable ring; and
a processing device to control operation of the radiation therapy apparatus, wherein the processing device is to:
determine a set of angles that have a tracking quality metric value that satisfies a tracking quality metric criterion;
cause the first imaging device to generate a first tracking image;
cause the second imaging device to generate a second tracking image;
select a third angle from the set of angles;
cause the third imaging device to generate a third tracking image of the target from the third angle; and
perform target tracking to track a target based on at least one of the first tracking image, the second tracking image or the third tracking image.

US Pat. No. 10,456,598

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING, VERIFYING, AND DISPLAYING PROGRESS OF DOSE DELIVERY IN SCANNED BEAM PARTICLE THERAPY

Pyramid Technical Consult...

1. A method for real-time control of a charged particle pencil beam system during therapeutic treatment of a patient, the method comprising:receiving a treatment map for therapeutic treatment of a patient using a charged particle pencil beam system, the treatment map comprising an array of target spots;
generating an acquired matrix from the treatment map, the acquired matrix comprising pixels having target data corresponding to the array of spots, the target data comprising a target position, a target shape, and a target intensity distribution;
removing target data from first pixels corresponding to a first spot from the treatment map;
therapeutically treating a spot in a patient with a charged particle pencil beam;
measuring an acquired image from a pixelated detector disposed between a charged particle pencil beam source and a magnetic field generator, the acquired image including an actual shape and an actual intensity distribution of the charged particle pencil beam;
determining an actual position of the charged particle pencil beam at an isocenter plane;
defining an active region of pixels that receive at least some intensity of the charged particle pencil beam;
updating the first pixels with acquired data for the active region, the acquired data including the actual position, the actual shape, and the actual intensity distribution of the charged particle beam;
comparing the acquired data with target data for each pixel in the active region to generate comparison data; and
automatically stopping the therapeutic treatment if the comparison data is greater than a tolerance.

US Pat. No. 10,456,597

MULTILEAF COLLIMATOR AND RADIATION TREATMENT DEVICE

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A multileaf collimator for regulating a range irradiated with a radiation beam, comprising:a plurality of leaves arranged along a thickness direction, wherein
each of the plurality of leaves comprising;
a protruded portion protrudingly formed on a first side surface in a plate thickness direction of the leaf,
a depressed portion formed in a second side surface in the plate thickness direction of the leaf, and configured to receive insertion of the protruded portion formed on another one of the plurality of leaves,
a first curved surface formed between the first side surface of the leaf and a lateral surface of the protruded portion, and
a second curved surface formed between the second side surface of the leaf and a lateral surface of the depressed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,596

PARTICLE THERAPY SYSTEM

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A particle therapy system that divides an irradiation object into a plurality of dose sections and sequentially irradiates the plurality of dose sections with a particle beam, comprising:an accelerator that accelerates the particle beam;
an irradiation apparatus that irradiates a target with the particle beam accelerated by the accelerator;
a fluoroscopic X-ray imaging apparatus; and
a control system that controls the accelerator, the irradiation apparatus and the fluoroscopic X-ray imaging apparatus,
wherein the control system is configured to control the accelerator and the irradiation apparatus to perform both a first irradiation method in which irradiation of the particle beam is not stopped when moving to a next dose section of the plurality of dose section and a second irradiation method in which irradiation of the particle beam is stopped when moving to the next dose section of the plurality of dose section, and
wherein the control system is configured to control the fluoroscopic X-ray imaging apparatus to acquire a fluoroscopic X-ray image at the time of irradiation, and, when irradiation control of the particle beam is performed based on the acquired fluoroscopic X-ray image, the irradiation is performed by the second irradiation method in which the irradiation of the particle beam is stopped when moving to the next dose section.

US Pat. No. 10,456,595

PORTAL IMAGING FOR BRACHYTHERAPY

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for interventional brachytherapy for generating data to be used directly for therapy and/or for therapy planning, said system comprising:a radiation source configured to be inserted into a patient to irradiate tissue of the patient;
one or more radiation detectors configured to be disposed outside the patient to detect radiation from the radiation source after the radiation has been transmitted through the patient and generate radiation dosage data in real time indicative thereof, the one or more radiation detectors being displaced from the patient and freely movable relative to the radiation source and the patient;
a plurality of position sensors including a first position sensor configured to determine a position of the radiation source in real-time and a second position sensor configured to determine a position of the one or more radiation detectors in real-time;
a localization unit, in communication with the plurality of position sensors, which generates position data indicative of the position of the radiation source;
an image database which stores one or more anatomical images of the patient; and
a dose calculation unit which co-registers the one or more anatomical images with the positional and radiation dosage data and generates dose monitoring data based on the co-registration.

US Pat. No. 10,456,594

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BRACHYTHERAPY FEATURING TRACKING VIA SHAPE-SENSING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A brachytherapy method, comprising:implanting an applicator having at least one radiation source or seed receiving channel in soft tissue adjacent a target region to be irradiated;
generating a high resolution planning image of the target region including the applicator, the high resolution planning image for use in determining a three-dimensional treatment plan; and
tracking a position of the applicator relative to the target region and the treatment plan,
wherein tracking the position includes measuring, exclusively via a shape-sensing optic fiber, a location and shape of the at least one radiation source or seed receiving channel.

US Pat. No. 10,456,593

RADIATION IRRADIATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION DOSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. A radiation irradiating apparatus comprising processing circuitry configured to:acquire a past cumulative dose distribution in a past radiation irradiation manipulation or a past cumulative dose distribution calculated based on past cumulative dose distributions in past radiation irradiation manipulations;
sequentially calculate a first cumulative dose distribution during executing a present radiation irradiation manipulation, the first cumulative dose distribution being a dose distribution cumulated in radiation exposures in a present radiation irradiation manipulation;
sequentially calculate a second cumulative dose distribution during executing the present radiation irradiation manipulation, the second cumulative dose distribution being generated by adding the first cumulative dose distribution to the past cumulative dose distribution; and
selectively display, on a display during executing the present radiation irradiation manipulation, the first and second cumulative dose distributions, or one of the first and second cumulative dose distributions.

US Pat. No. 10,456,592

BRACHYTHERAPY FIDUCIAL NEEDLE FIXATION SYSTEM

BREAST MICROSEED, INC., ...

1. A device, comprising:a needle lock that locks at least one fiducial needle relative to a fixed frame of reference, each fiducial needle having a distal end with a surface adapted to locate and fixate tissue into which the at least one fiducial needle is inserted and a sharpened tip portion and a proximal end being inserted through a grid that fixates the at least one fiducial needle to the fixed frame of reference; and
the grid being attached to the needle lock, the grid having a plurality of fiducial needle holes along a longitudinal axis each having a grid needle lock through which the at least one fiducial needle is inserted and locked, a plurality of radioactive source needle holes located above the longitudinal axis and a plurality of radioactive source needle holes located below the longitudinal axis, each radioactive source needle hole does not have a grid needle lock through which a radioactive source needle is capable of being passed into the tissue fixated by the locked at least one fiducial needle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,591

PARTICLE BEAM SCANNING

Mevion Medical Systems, I...

1. A particle therapy system comprising:a synchrocyclotron to output a particle beam;
a scanning system to receive the particle beam from the synchrocyclotron and to move the particle beam across at least part of an irradiation target; and
one or more processing devices to control the scanning system to move the particle beam across the at least part of the irradiation target according to an irregular grid pattern, where at least some spots of the particle beam in the irregular grid pattern are not along lines located at regular locations along the at least part of the irradiation target.

US Pat. No. 10,456,590

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LASER TREATMENTS

Biolitec Unternehmensbete...

1. A laser system for medical and cosmetic applications comprising: a. at least one laser source operating at one or more laser wavelengths; b. an electronic visual display having a two-dimensional input interface comprising a rectangular touch-sensitive screen having a vertical edge and a horizontal edge to set/select laser parameters; c. at least one waveguide; d. means to optically connect said laser source to said at least one waveguide; wherein said waveguide is optically coupled with the laser source to convey laser radiation to a treatment site; and wherein a first laser parameter is displayed along a vertical edge of the touch-sensitive screen and a second laser parameter is displayed along a horizontal edge of the touch-sensitive screen, the touch-sensitive screen being configured so that the two laser parameters are simultaneously set by touching the touch-sensitive screen at a single point.

US Pat. No. 10,456,589

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING HEAD-RELATED MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

7. A device, comprising:an eyewear adapted to be worn on a face of a human user, the eyewear comprising:
a frame defining two lens portions, wherein each lens portion engages a periphery of an optical lens, wherein each optical lens is a transitional optical lens; and
two frame arms, each frame arm extending from a respective opposing end of the frame;
an electromagnetic generator system provided by the eyewear;
a stimulation arm electrically connected to the electromagnetic generator system, wherein the stimulation arm is pivotally connected to one of the two frame arms, the stimulation arm configured to be moveable between a storage condition and an operative condition, the stimulation arm is configured to extend upwardly of said frame arm to position the stimulation arm adjacent a temple of the human user while the device is worn by the human user;
a stimulation plate electrically connected to the electromagnetic generator system, wherein the stimulation plate is disposed between the two lens portions;
a plurality of light sources disposed along a lateral edge of at least one of the two lens portion, wherein the plurality of light sources provides dichroic light directed generally parallel to the respective optical lens; and
at least one switch electrically connected to the plurality of light sources and the electromagnetic generator system for selectively operating the dichroic light and a magnetic pulsing emitted therefrom, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,456,588

OPTIMIZING ENERGY TRANSMISSION IN A LEADLESS TISSUE STIMULATION SYSTEM

EBR Systems, Inc., Sunny...

1. A system for locating an acoustic receiver-stimulator, comprising:an implantable acoustic controller-transmitter comprising an array of acoustic transducers configured to transmit focused acoustic energy to a tissue location;
at least one implantable acoustic receiver-stimulator adapted to receive the focused acoustic energy and convert the focused acoustic energy into electrical energy; wherein the receiver-stimulator further comprises two electrodes configured to be in electrical connection with tissue and to deliver the electrical energy to the tissue;
wherein the controller-transmitter is configured to detect the delivered electrical energy to determine whether the receiver-stimulator is present at the tissue location; and
wherein the controller-transmitter is further configured to adjust the transducer array to transmit focused acoustic energy to the tissue location associated with the detected electrical energy.

US Pat. No. 10,456,587

TERMINAL CONNECTOR INSERTION TOOL AID

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A method of connecting an implantable lead to an implantable medical device, the implantable lead including a flexible body having a distal end, and a proximal end having a connector configured to plug into a connection port of the implantable medical device, the method comprising:removeably securing the proximal end of the implantable lead within a lumen of an insertion tool including a proximal end and a distal end and having a first portion comprising a first material including radial projections and a second portion comprising a second material configured to frictionally engage the implantable lead, the first portion at least partially arranged circumferentially about the second portion at or adjacent to the distal end of the insertion tool;
grasping an exterior portion of the insertion tool;
applying longitudinal force, along the length of the implantable lead, to the insertion tool while grasping the exterior portion of the insertion tool;
inserting the connector into a connection port of the implantable medical device, wherein applying longitudinal force to the insertion tool overcomes a resistance between the connector and the connection port; and
removing the insertion tool from the implantable lead after the connector is plugged into the connection port of the implantable medical device by splitting the insertion tool into two or more pieces along the second material.

US Pat. No. 10,456,586

USER INTERFACE FOR NEUROSTIMULATION WAVEFORM COMPOSITION

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A system for use by a user to program a neurostimulator configured to deliver neurostimulation to a patient, comprising:a first storage device configured to store waveform building blocks; and
a first user interface including a first display screen, a first user input device, and a first interface control circuit coupled to the first display screen and the first user input device, the first interface control circuit including a waveform composer configured to allow for composition of one of more building blocks of the waveform building blocks and composition of a pattern of neurostimulation pulses using one of more building blocks selected from the waveform building blocks, the waveform composer including:
a library controller configured to display a library management area on the first display screen, the displayed library management area allowing the user to manage the waveform building blocks stored in the storage device; and
a plurality of waveform building block editors each configured to allow the user to compose a type of the waveform building blocks of a plurality of types of the waveform building blocks, the plurality of waveform building block editors including:
a pulse editor configured to display a pulse composition area on the first display screen in response to a user selection for access to the pulse editor, the pulse composition area allowing the user to compose a pulse of the waveform building blocks; and
a burst editor configured to display a burst composition area on the first display screen in response to a user selection for access to the burst editor, the burst composition area allowing the user to compose a burst of the waveform building blocks, the burst including a group of pulses of the waveform building blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,456,585

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO AUTOMATICALLY MAINTAIN ELECTRICAL STIMULATION INTENSITY

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A system, comprising:a programmer configured to instruct a stimulator to electrical energy by delivering electrical current to at least one electrode that is in contact with tissue of a patient to provide a stimulation effect, wherein the stimulation effect includes at least one of an evoked potential feature, an electroencephalogram (EEG) feature, or an electromyography (EMG) feature, wherein adjustable stimulation parameters are used to define the electrical current that provides the stimulation effect;
wherein the programmer is configured to automatically respond to a manual adjustment of at least a first one of the stimulation parameters by automatically adjusting at least a second of the stimulation parameters to maintain the stimulation effect using a defined relationship of the adjustable stimulation parameters to the stimulation effect.

US Pat. No. 10,456,584

USER INTERFACE FOR NEUROMODULATION LEAD

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A system for use with a neuromodulation system that includes a physical lead having one or more electrodes at least partially surrounding a circumference of the physical lead for electrically modulating a target tissue of a patient, the system comprising:a user interface including a display screen configured to display:
simplified graphical representations of the physical lead with at least one user-modifiable virtual electrode (VE) on the graphical representation of the physical lead, wherein the user-modifiable VE represents, as a single VE conforming to the lead representation, a combination of at least two physical electrodes on the physical lead, the simplified graphical representations including one or more of:
at least a first view of the lead representation to provide a longitudinal representation of the VE representing a longitudinal position of the VE along a length of the lead representation; or
at least a second view of the lead representation to provide a circumferential representation of the VE representing a circumferential position of the VE around at least a portion of a circumference of the lead representation;
control elements to enable a user to adjust the simplified graphical representations of the lead, the control elements including:
longitudinal control elements to enable the user to adjust the longitudinal representation of the VE including the longitudinal position of the VE along the length of the lead representation; and
circumferential control elements to enable the user to adjust the circumferential representation of the VE including the circumferential position of the VE; and
a programmer coupled to the user interface, configured to use the longitudinal representation of the VE and the circumferential representation of the VE to generate a neuromodulation parameter set.

US Pat. No. 10,456,583

CUSTOMIZED PRIMING BY NEUROMODULATION DEVICE

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A neuromodulation system, comprising:neuromodulation generator circuitry configured to use electrodes of an electrode arrangement to generate neuromodulation fields including:
a therapeutic neuromodulation field to produce a therapeutic effect in therapy-targeted neural tissue; and
a priming field to produce a priming effect in priming-targeted neural tissue, wherein the priming effect causes a change in sensitization of the priming-targeted neural tissue to the therapeutic neuromodulation field; and
a controller configured to initiate a default priming program, to receive testing program configuration instructions including therapeutic neuromodulation field-setting parameters for a testing program, and to determine a custom priming program to replace the default priming program in response to the testing program configuration instructions, wherein the default priming program controls the neuromodulation generator circuitry to generate the priming field as a default priming field distributed in a region where the electrode arrangement is placed, the custom priming program controls the neuromodulation generator circuitry to generate the priming field as a custom priming field with specific correspondence to the therapeutic neuromodulation field to be produced by the testing program, and the custom priming field is a subset of the default priming field.

US Pat. No. 10,456,582

IMPLANTABLE CARDIAC STIMULATION DEVICES, AND METHODS OF USE THEREWITH, WITH IMPROVED TECHNIQUES TO ACHIEVE CHARGE NEUTRALITY

PACESETTER, INC., Sylmar...

1. A method for use with an implantable cardiac stimulation device that is configured to deliver more than one pacing pulse per cardiac cycle, the method comprising:(a.1) delivering a first pacing pulse using a first pair of electrodes;
(a.2) delivering a second pacing pulse using a second pair of electrodes;
(b) between delivery of the first pacing pulse using the first pair of electrodes and delivery of the second pacing pulse using the second pair of electrodes, performing the following:
(b.1) measuring one or more voltage characteristics at each of a plurality of different nodes within the cardiac stimulation device;
(b.2) identifying, based on the one or more voltage characteristics measured at each of the plurality of different nodes within the cardiac stimulation device, a pair of nodes that has the greatest voltage potential therebetween; and
(b.3) controlling switches within the implantable cardiac stimulation device so that the pair of nodes, identified as having the greatest voltage potential therebetween are used for performing a fast discharge phase.

US Pat. No. 10,456,581

SINGLE PASS CORONARY VENOUS LEAD FOR MULTIPLE CHAMBER SENSE AND PACE

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc, ...

1. A method of pacing a patient's heart using an implantable lead including a plurality of proximal electrodes and a plurality of distal electrodes, the implantable lead having a proximal region including at least one of the plurality of proximal electrodes positioned in a coronary sinus or great cardiac vein of the patient's heart and a distal region positioned in a coronary vein of the patient's heart such that at least one of the plurality of distal electrodes is situated proximate an intraventricular septum of the patient's heart, the method comprising:sensing an atrial and a ventricular signal of the patient's heart via at least one of the proximal electrodes and at least one of the distal electrodes, respectively;
determining a pacing threshold associated with each of the plurality of distal electrodes;
selecting at least one of the plurality of distal electrodes that have associated therewith right and left ventricular pacing thresholds; and
delivering a pacing signal to the patient's heart via the selected at least one distal electrode, the transmitted pacing signal causing a desired contraction of both the right ventricle and the left ventricle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,580

MANAGING THERAPY DELIVERY BASED ON PHYSIOLOGICAL MARKERS

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method comprising:monitoring, by one or more processors, a fill cycle of a bladder of a patient, the fill cycle starting after completion of a first voiding event and ending at the completion of a second voiding event;
determining, by the one or more processors and based on one or more physiological markers associated with the fill cycle, a first phase including and following the start of the fill cycle and a second phase of the fill cycle immediately following the first phase, wherein the second phase is determined to include delivery of neurostimulation therapy configured to inhibit contraction of a bladder of the patient; and
controlling, by the one or more processors, a medical device to deliver the neurostimulation therapy to the patient during the second phase of the fill cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,579

DIRECT ELECTRICAL STIMULATION DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR THE TREATMENT OF VISUAL DISEASE

Nova Oculus Canada Manufa...

1. An electrotherapeutic system for treating a visual disease, comprising:a signal generator configured to generate a waveform comprising a series of current pulses; and
a headset connectable to the signal generator and configured to deliver the waveform to a skin surface within an eye region of a patient, wherein the headset comprises at least one eyecup electrode including an upper contact pad and a lower contact pad having a contact surface with an area in a range of about 1.10 cm2 to about 1.80 cm2, wherein the eyecup electrode includes a mounting post and a plurality of upper extension arms that provide spacing between the mounting post and the upper contact pad and a plurality of lower extension arms that provide spacing between the mounting post and the lower contact pad to enable contact of the upper and lower contact pads with the skin surface, and wherein the waveform is delivered to the skin surface through both the upper and lower contact pads.

US Pat. No. 10,456,578

UTILIZATION OF AN EXTENDED INTER-PULSE INTERVAL IN A MODIFIED CONTINUOUS INTERLEAVED STIMULATION STRATEGY

Advanced Bionics AG, Sta...

1. A sound processor included in a cochlear implant system associated with a patient, the sound processor comprising:a processing facility that
receives an audio signal presented to the patient, and
divides the audio signal into a plurality of analysis channels each containing a frequency domain signal representative of a distinct frequency portion of the audio signal, the plurality of analysis channels including a first analysis channel corresponding to a first electrode and that contains a first frequency domain signal; and
a control facility communicatively coupled to the processing facility and that represents the first frequency domain signal to the patient by
directing a cochlear implant included in the cochlear implant system to apply, during a first stimulation frame, a first monophasic stimulation pulse representative of a first temporal portion of the first frequency domain signal that corresponds to the first stimulation frame, the first monophasic stimulation pulse having a first polarity; and
directing the cochlear implant to apply, during a second stimulation frame that is temporally subsequent to the first stimulation frame, a second monophasic stimulation pulse representative of a second temporal portion of the first frequency domain signal that corresponds to the second stimulation frame, the second monophasic stimulation pulse configured to at least partially charge balance the first monophasic stimulation pulse and having a second polarity opposite the first polarity,
wherein:
the first electrode is included in an array of electrodes implanted within the patient;
the first stimulation frame corresponds to a first time period during which the first monophasic stimulation pulse is applied by the cochlear implant to the first electrode and a first set of monophasic stimulation pulses are sequentially applied by the cochlear implant to each remaining electrode included in the array of electrodes; and
each monophasic stimulation pulse in the first stimulation frame has an opposite polarity to each directly adjacent monophasic stimulation pulse in the first stimulation frame.

US Pat. No. 10,456,577

AUDITORY PROSTHESIS SYSTEM INCLUDING SOUND PROCESSOR AND WIRELESS MODULE FOR COMMUNICATION WITH AN EXTERNAL COMPUTING DEVICE

Advanced Bionics AG, Sta...

1. A system comprising:an external computing device that:
establishes a wireless communication link with a sound processor apparatus associated with a patient, wherein the sound processor apparatus is configured to be located external to the patient and control a cochlear implant configured to be implanted within the patient,
receives a first dataset from the sound processor apparatus by way of the wireless communication link, the first dataset comprising data representative of one or more sound processing programs loaded onto the sound processor apparatus,
obtains a second dataset from a source other than the sound processor apparatus, the second dataset comprising data associated with an environment of the external computing device,
identifies, based on the first and second datasets, a sound processing program not already loaded onto the sound processor apparatus, and
transmits, by way of the wireless communication link, data representative of the sound processing program to the sound processor apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,456,576

METHODS, SYSTEMS AND DEVICES FOR REDUCING MIGRATION

1. A method of positioning a lead to electrically stimulate a dorsal root ganglion of a patient, comprisingaccessing an epidural space of a patient with an introducer sheath at an entry point;
advancing a distal end of the lead with a stylet through the introducer sheath to enter the epidural space, wherein the lead comprises a lead body, of a soft pliant polymer material, without a mechanical bias to assume a predetermined shape;
advancing the lead from the epidural space through a foramen in a position wherein electrodes of the lead are positioned proximate to the dorsal root ganglion;
after the lead is positioned with electrodes proximate to the dorsal root ganglion, introducing an additional portion of a shaft of the lead into the epidural space with the stylet withdrawn from the additional portion of the shaft, wherein the additional portion of the shaft is more flexible than the distal end of the lead to cause the additional portion of the shaft to form an undulating or loop shape in the epidural space without displacing the electrodes from a location proximate to the dorsal root ganglion; and
connecting the lead to an implantable pulse generator to provide electrical stimulation to the dorsal root ganglion through electrodes of the lead, wherein the undulating or loop shape of the additional portion of the lead forms a slack anchor between electrodes of the lead and the entry point.

US Pat. No. 10,456,575

ADJUSTABLE NERVE ELECTRODE

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV...

1. A method comprising:adjusting a geometric configuration of an adjustable electrode to arrange two or more contacts around a nerve in an onset response mitigating configuration;
applying an electrical waveform to the nerve;
blocking an onset response of the electrical waveform due to the onset response mitigating configuration;
after a period of time, adjusting the geometric configuration of the adjustable electrode to arrange the two or more contacts around the nerve in a block maintenance configuration and
maintaining a nerve conduction block to the nerve.

US Pat. No. 10,456,574

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING POWER CONSUMPTION IN AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

GREATBATCH, LTD., Claren...

1. A medical device, comprising:telemetry circuitry configured to receive programming instructions; and
stimulation circuitry configured to generate a plurality of electrical pulses in response to the programming instructions to provide an electrical stimulation therapy for a patient; and a microcontroller configured to generate control signals; wherein: each electrical pulse includes a primary phase, an interphase after the primary phase, and a recovery phase after the primary phase; a standby period exists between any two consecutive electrical pulses; the stimulation circuitry includes a voltage converter, a multiplexer, and a stimulation driver; and the control signals generated by the microcontroller selectively enable or disable at least one of the voltage converter, the multiplexer, or the stimulation driver during the primary phase, the interphase, the recovery phase, or the standby period to reduce power consumption of the medical device.

US Pat. No. 10,456,573

MEDICAL CUFF EMPLOYING ELECTRICAL STIMULATION TO CONTROL BLOOD FLOW

Feinstein Patents, LLC, ...

1. A device for controlling blood flow, comprising:a cuff configured to mount to an extremity of a patient;
wherein the cuff includes a plurality of electrodes electrically connectable to an interferential current supply that supplies current to the plurality of electrodes; and
wherein the electrodes supply electrical impulses to the extremity of the patient in response to the current received from the interferential current supply, the plurality of electrodes comprising a first pair of electrodes supplying a first electrical impulse at a first frequency, and a second pair of electrodes supplying a second electrical impulse at a second frequency different from the first frequency;
wherein the first and second pairs of electrodes are positioned on the cuff such that the first and second electrical impulses intersect at a target area; and
wherein the interferential current supply simultaneously supplies current to the first and second pairs of electrodes such that the first and second electrical impulses give rise to at least one beat impulse having an interference frequency lower than the first and second frequencies at the target area.

US Pat. No. 10,456,572

CATHETER ASSEMBLY

B. Braun Melsungen AG, M...

1. A catheter assembly comprising:a catheter hub having a chamber therein, the catheter hub having a distal end and a proximal end, the catheter hub being connectable at the proximal end of the catheter hub to a device for infusion or withdrawal of fluids to or from the chamber within the catheter hub;
a hollow tubular catheter having a proximal end and a distal end, the hollow tubular catheter being connected at the proximal end of the hollow tubular catheter to the distal end of the catheter hub, an interior of the hollow tubular catheter opening into the chamber within the catheter hub;
a needle having a sharpened needle tip, in a ready position the needle extending through the chamber in the catheter hub and the hollow tubular catheter with the needle tip extending beyond the distal end of the hollow tubular catheter;
a hollow flexible extension tube having a distal end and a proximal end, the flexible extension tube being connected at the distal end of the flexible extension tube to the catheter hub between the proximal and distal ends of the catheter hub, the flexible extension tube opening at the distal end of the flexible extension tube into the chamber within the catheter hub, the flexible extension tube connectable at the proximal end of the flexible extension tube to a device for infusing fluid through a passage into the chamber within the catheter hub;
a valve assembly disposed within the chamber of the catheter hub, the valve assembly comprising:
a first valve member preventing a flow of fluid through the chamber to or from the proximal end of the catheter hub, the first valve member being a two-way valve and openable to permit the flow of fluid through the chamber in the catheter hub in both a proximal direction and a distal direction; and
a second valve member being resilient and flexible for moving between closing and opening positions, the second valve member closing the distal end of the flexible extension tube to close fluid flow through the passage of the extension tube and openable by pressurized fluid within the flexible extension tube to permit fluid flow through the passage of the flexible extension tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,571

SEALABLE, PENETRABLE INTERFACE AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SAME

Stillwater Trust, Ormond...

1. A penetrable interface configured to separate two or more spaces, the interface comprising:an elastomeric seal having a bore and a tap, at least a portion of the tap having a cylindrical shape, the tap having a central portion attached to an uncut portion of the elastomeric seal, the central portion of the tap being integrally formed with the uncut portion, the tap including a first flared portion, the bore and the tap creating a sealing engagement therebetween in the absence of an applied force on the tap, the uncut portion providing an elastic force to return the tap to an at-rest or initial position within the bore in the absence of an applied force on the tap, and the bore and the tap being distorted out of sealing engagement when subjected to an applied force on the tap.

US Pat. No. 10,456,570

GRAFT-PORT HEMODIALYSIS SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS

PROVIFLO, LLC, Clinton, ...

1. An implantable port device for establishing access to a blood vessel of a patient, the device comprising:a tapered seat configured to receive a tip of an access tube, the seat having a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a conical surface extending between the proximal portion and the distal portion;
a guide configured to engage the tip of the access tube and to assist in directing the tip of the access tube toward the seat; and
an interface surface configured to engage (i) the blood vessel of the patient or (ii) a vascular access catheter, the interface surface having an aperture in fluid communication with the distal end of the seat;
wherein the conical surface includes a taper angle having a value within a range from about 0.5 degrees to about 4.0 degrees; and
wherein the proximal portion of the seat is configured to receive the tip of the access tube therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,456,569

METHOD OF PRODUCING TRANSDERMAL ABSORPTION SHEET FOR MEDICAL USE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A method of producing a transdermal absorption sheet for medical use comprising, in this order:a filtration step of carrying out sterile filtration on a base liquid not containing a drug;
a base liquid feeding step of feeding the base liquid to a surface of a mold having needle-like recessed portions, tip ends of which are filled with a drug solution, the needle-like recessed portions being formed on the surface, while leaving a space between the drug solution and the base liquid;
a drying step of drying the drug solution and the base liquid, wherein an average concentration of solid contents of the base liquid is increased by 30% by weight or more from an average concentration of solid contents of the base liquid in the base liquid feeding step;
a base liquid moving step of moving the base liquid into each of the needle-like recessed portions of the mold in a state in which the average concentration of the solid contents is 75% by weight or less due to the drying step; and
a peeling-off step of peeling off a transdermal absorption sheet for medical use formed by drying the drug solution and the base liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,456,568

METHOD OF TREATING INFECTIONS, DISEASES OR DISORDERS OF NAIL UNIT

HALLUX, INC., Laguna Hil...

1. A method for treating a disease of a nail unit, comprising:inserting a cannula between the nail plate and the nail bed into in a nail unit with a visible disease, the cannula inserted at a position between a lateral nail fold and a longitudinal midline of the nail plate;
after said inserting, depositing through the cannula a composition comprising an active agent such that the composition aligns with or extends proximally beyond the visible disease.

US Pat. No. 10,456,567

TOPICAL COOLED DERMAL DEVICE

7. A method for conditioning a user's skin, the method implemented by a dermal device for skincare therapy including a fluid circuit including a fluid pump and a reservoir, and a dermal interface configured to contact the user's skin, the dermal interface including at least one electrode and being configured to contact the user's skin and further including part of the fluid circuit having at least one perforation, the at least one electrode being supported by a portion of the fluid circuit that directly contacts the user's skin and that is adjacent to the at least one perforation, wherein the at least one electrode is configured to deliver at least one energy pulse to the contacted skin, wherein the reservoir is configured to hold at least one topical, wherein the fluid pump is configured to pump the at least one topical through the fluid circuit and extrude the at least one topical through the dermal interface, wherein the fluid circuit has a curved shape at a distal portion of the dermal device that supports the at least one perforation and the at least one electrode, and the at least one perforation and the at least one electrode are configured to be disposed adjacent to each other along a portion of the curved shape that is configured to face the user's skin, the method comprising:chilling the at least one topical; and
applying the chilled at least one topical and the at least one energy pulse to the skin.

US Pat. No. 10,456,566

BALLOON AND INTRALUMINAL TREATMENT METHOD

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A balloon comprising:a dilating/deflating section that forms a hollow internal space, and that is configured to deflate by the hollow internal space being decompressed; and
a support section configured to be arranged in the hollow internal space;
pressure means for increasing or decreasing pressure in the hollow internal space of the dilating/deflating section;
wherein, when the support section is arranged in the hollow internal space, the support section is configured to deflate in response to the deflation of the dilating/deflating section, and to support the dilating/deflating section so as to dilate outward in a state where the hollow internal space is under atmospheric pressure;
wherein the support section possesses a columnar outer shape which forms a circular cross-section,
wherein, when the support section is under atmospheric pressure and not arranged in the hollow internal space, an outer diameter of the support section is larger than an inner diameter of the dilating/deflating section, and
further comprising an inner peripheral section positioned in the hollow internal space, the inner peripheral section being sealed to the dilating/deflating section, and
wherein the inner peripheral section dilates outwardly in a radial direction in response to a decrease in pressure in the hollow internal space and wherein the inner peripheral section deflates inwardly in the radial direction in response to an increase in pressure in the hollow internal space.

US Pat. No. 10,456,565

LOCKING LOOP CATHETER

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A catheter having a proximal end and a distal end comprising:a tube having a proximal end and a distal end and defining a first lumen and a second lumen extending therebetween, wherein the first lumen and the second lumen extend side-by-side along a length of the second lumen;
an exit port defined by the tube and extending through the first lumen of the tube adjacent the distal end of the tube;
an entry port extending through the second lumen of the tube and creating fluid communication between an exterior of the tube and the second lumen of the tube; and
a filament extending within the first lumen of the tube and extending out of the exit port such that a portion of the filament is exposed to the exterior of the tube and further extending into the second lumen through the entry port;
wherein the filament includes a free end disposed at the proximal end, the free end being adjustable proximally and distally, wherein proximal retraction of the filament puts the filament in tension and creates a looped end portion of the tube where the exit port and entry port are urged toward each other, and releasing the filament from its proximal retraction allows the tube to return to a non-looped shape and the exit and entry ports to move away from each other;
wherein the filament is coupled to the tube to prevent the filament and tube from being separated in response to retraction of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,564

BALLOON-EQUIPPED ENDOSCOPIC DEVICES AND METHODS THEREOF

1. An endoscopy system for use in colonoscopy comprising:an endoscope comprising a detector at a forward portion thereof;
a balloon mounted on said forward portion of said endoscope, said balloon being mounted entirely and completely rearwardly of said detector of said endoscope, said balloon configured for generally circumferentially uniform axial slidable frictional engagement with an interior wall of a colon, at a pressure lower than anchoring pressure, rearwardly of said detector of said endoscope, and axial stretching of said interior wall and unfolding folds in said interior wall of the colon forwardly of said detector at a location viewable by said detector when said endoscope is displaced axially rearwardly along said colon and said balloon slides rearwardly along said colon; and
a balloon inflation subsystem to selectably inflate said balloon, wherein said balloon inflation subsystem comprises:
input controls, said input controls comprising a first user-activated input control to allow a user to select a predetermined anchoring pressure range and a second user-activated input control to allow a user to select a predetermined slidable frictional engagement pressure range; and
a controller, wherein said controller is programmed to:
upon a user selection of said predetermined anchoring pressure range, automatically inflate said balloon to said predetermined anchoring pressure range and maintain said balloon at said predetermined anchoring pressure range; and
upon a user selection of said predetermined slidable frictional engagement pressure range, automatically inflate or deflate said balloon to said selected predetermined slidable frictional engagement pressure range and maintain inflation of said balloon at said selected slidable frictional engagement pressure range when said endoscope is displaced axially rearwardly along said colon and said balloon slides rearwardly along said colon.

US Pat. No. 10,456,563

STEERABLE, CONFORMABLE, DRUG ELUTING BALLOON CATHETER

TransMed7, LLC, Portola ...

1. A device, comprising:a bendable central catheter stem;
a plurality of balloon elements disposed radially around the bendable central catheter stem, each balloon element of the plurality of balloon elements comprising a plurality of spaced-apart interstitial constrictions, the plurality of spaced-apart interstitial constrictions of each of the plurality of balloon elements defining a plurality of balloon segments that are immediately adjacent to one another and that extend from near a distal tip of the bendable central catheter stem to a distance proximal to the distal tip; and
a plurality of inflation channels disposed within the bendable central catheter stem, each of the plurality of inflation channels being configured to individually inflate a respective one of the plurality of balloon segments of each of the plurality of balloon elements radially disposed around the bendable central catheter stem,
wherein each balloon segment of the plurality of balloon segments of each balloon element of the plurality of balloon elements disposed radially around the central catheter stem is selectably and individually inflatable by selective application and withdrawal of hydraulic pressure to cause each to exert a deformation force and cause the central catheter stem to selectively bend and conform to a shape of a vascular wall, and wherein at least a portion of the plurality of spaced-apart interstitial constrictions are further away from the bendable central catheter stem when the plurality of balloon segments are inflated than when the plurality of balloon segments are uninflated.

US Pat. No. 10,456,562

BRONCHIAL SEALANT DELIVERY METHODS AND SYSTEMS

Pulmonx Corporation, Red...

1. A method for occluding a collateral flow channel between a target lung compartment and an adjacent lung compartment, said method comprising:accessing the target lung compartment through an isolation catheter;
isolating the target lung compartment;
delivering a fluid into the target lung compartment such that the target lung compartment is pressurized and the fluid flows through the collateral flow channel;
measuring pressure within the target lung compartment after the target lung compartment is pressurized;
determining that the target lung compartment comprises a collateral flow channel based on a measured drop in pressure; and
injecting an agent into the isolated target lung compartment such that the agent is carried by the fluid to the collateral flow channel, thereby sealing the collateral flow channel; wherein a start or a stop of the injection of the agent is timed by a processor based on the measured pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,456,561

NON-COMPLIANT HIGH STRENGTH MEDICAL BALLOON

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A method of making a reinforced medical balloon, the balloon formed from a balloon structure and including a balloon body member having a circumferential dimension, a longitudinal dimension, and an annular shape in the circumferential dimension; including the steps of:fitting a reinforcement member to the balloon structure, the reinforcement member being formed of an array of reinforcement elements interleaved with one another so as to include a plurality of circumferential elements and a plurality of longitudinal elements, the plurality of longitudinal elements being disposed substantially parallel to the longitudinal dimension and alternatively extending over and then under adjacent ones of the plurality of circumferential elements so as to form the reinforcement member with woven or braided elements, the reinforcement member being fitted such that the plurality of circumferential elements extend in the circumferential dimension of the balloon and are disposed substantially transversally to the longitudinal dimension;
wherein the fitting step includes a step of solely tensing the plurality of circumferential elements following formation of the reinforcement member so as to cause both the plurality of circumferential elements to adopt a circular annular shape in the circumferential dimension and the plurality of longitudinal elements to adopt an undulating shape, and wherein the step of tensing the plurality of circumferential elements is performed without inflating the balloon body member.

US Pat. No. 10,456,560

EXPANDABLE TIP MEDICAL DEVICES AND METHODS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A guidewire comprising:a guidewire body having a proximal end and a distal end; and
a plurality of elements, each having a first end and a second end along a length of the respective element, the plurality of elements having (a) a proximal section fixed at an attachment location at a distal portion of the guidewire body, and (b) a distal section in which the plurality of elements diverge radially outward from the distal end of the guidewire body to form a compliant structure having an expanded profile that is greater than a radial dimension of the distal end of the guidewire body and being resiliently deformable to a reduced profile, where in the expanded profile the compliant structure provides a radial force in an outward circumferential direction from an axis of the guidewire body;
wherein each of the plurality of elements extends distally from the proximal section of the plurality of elements to the distal section, then invert, then extend proximally from the distal section to the proximal section such that both the first and second ends are disposed at the attachment location at the distal portion of the guidewire body.

US Pat. No. 10,456,559

CANNULATED TUBE PROTECTOR, APPARATUS OPERABLE TO FACILITATE THE FLOW OF FLUIDS THROUGH A CANNULATED SITE AND APPARATUS OPERABLE TO PROTECT AND MAINTAIN POSITIONING OF A CATHETER

Marie-Andrea I. Wilborn, ...

1. A cannulated tube protector comprising:a main body;
a splinting member carried on a bottom portion of the main body to be positioned against a cannulated tube and a patient's skin;
a viewing door located within a portion of the main body and a corresponding portion of the splinting member;
a first pair of securing members extending from the main body; and
a second pair of securing members extending from the main body;
wherein the viewing door is moveable between an open position to expose a viewing aperture and a closed position wherein the viewing aperture is not exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,558

APPARATUS AND METHODS FACILITATING THE REPOSITIONING OF IMPLANTED MEDICAL DEVICES

Medtonic, Inc., Minneapo...

1. A method for dislodging an anchor sleeve from around a body of an implanted elongate medical device, the method comprising:engaging a collar of a support portion of a tool with the implanted elongate medical device by positioning the collar of the support portion of the tool around the body of the implanted elongate medical device and adjacent to a distal end of the anchor sleeve;
positioning a sleeve dislodging element of the tool adjacent to a proximal end of the anchor sleeve opposite the distal end;
moving the positioned dislodging element toward the engaged collar to dislodge the anchor sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,456,557

OCCLUSION BYPASSING APPARATUS WITH VARYING FLEXIBILITY AND METHODS FOR BYPASSING AN OCCLUSION IN A BLOOD VESSEL

Invatec S.p.A., Roncadel...

1. An apparatus for bypassing an occlusion in a blood vessel comprising:an outer shaft component having a side port proximal to a distal end thereof;
an inner shaft component disposed within the outer shaft component and defining a continuous lumen there-through, the inner shaft component having
a body portion that extends substantially parallel with a longitudinal axis of the apparatus, and
a needle housing distally extending from a distal end of the body portion, the needle housing including a curved distal portion that bends from the longitudinal axis of the apparatus and terminates at the side port of the outer shaft component and a transition portion positioned between the body portion of the inner shaft component and the curved distal portion of the needle housing,
wherein the transition portion has a variable flexibility along a length thereof that decreases in a distal direction, the transition portion including a plurality of apertures configured to provide the transition portion with the variable flexibility and the plurality of apertures including pairs of apertures that align with each other along a transverse axis of the needle housing, each aperture in each pair of aligned apertures having an hourglass shape; and
a needle component configured to be slidably disposed within the continuous lumen of the inner shaft component and removable therefrom, the needle component having a curved distal end with the same curvature as the curved distal portion of the needle housing.

US Pat. No. 10,456,556

STEERING TOOL WITH ENHANCED FLEXIBILITY AND TRACKABILITY

Bendit Technologies Ltd.,...

1. A steering tool comprising:an internal tube disposed inside an external tube, said internal and external tubes being arranged for longitudinal axial movement relative to one another, wherein a distal portion of said internal tube is fixedly joined to a distal portion of said external tube at a joining zone, and
said internal tube or said external tube is formed with patterns of cuts made along adjacent longitudinal stations along a length thereof, and wherein a cutting pattern at a first longitudinal station is shifted with respect to a cutting pattern at a second longitudinal station and a cutting pattern at the second longitudinal station is shifted with respect to a cutting pattern at a third longitudinal station but at a different shift defined between said first and second longitudinal stations, so that a shift from one longitudinal station of cuts to the next adjacent longitudinal station of cuts is not repeated, and wherein at each of said longitudinal stations said cuts are separated from each other by a separation and centers of the separations of said first, second and third longitudinal stations, when said internal tube or said external tube is in an unfolded position as a flat type sheet, do not lie on a common straight axis, wherein said common straight axis touches and is centered on each of the separations.

US Pat. No. 10,456,555

RAPID ASPIRATION THROMBECTOMY SYSTEM AND METHOD

Route 92 Medical, Inc., ...

1. A method of performing a medical procedure at a treatment site in a cerebral vessel of a patient, the method comprising:assembling a coaxial system of devices, the assembled coaxial system of devices comprising:
a catheter having a catheter lumen and a distal end; and
a inner member extending through the catheter lumen, wherein a tapered distal end of the inner member extends distal to the distal end of the catheter; and
advancing the assembled coaxial system of devices together within a petrous portion of an internal carotid artery, wherein the assembled coaxial system is advanced while a guidewire is not present.

US Pat. No. 10,456,554

DEVICE DELIVERY CATHETER HAVING A CURVED DISTAL TIP

1. A catheter comprising:a catheter shaft having a proximal end, a distal end, an intermediate section between the proximal end and the distal end, and a curved surface reducing a diameter of the catheter shaft at the intermediate section, the catheter shaft having a central lumen and defining a central longitudinal axis;
a tip secured to the distal end of the catheter shaft, the tip being flexible and having a first end, a second end, and a central longitudinal axis extending between the first and second ends, the longitudinal axis of the tip defining an arcuate shape in the unbiased state, the arcuate shape having a concave side and a convex side; and
a device secured to the catheter shaft at the intermediate section, the device including a restraining system including a constraining sheath and a release line for releasing the constraining sheath, the restraining system being mounted such that the release line exits the catheter shaft at the curved surface of the catheter shaft and extends toward the tip and is maintained in longitudinal alignment with the concave side of the arcuate shape defined by the longitudinal axis of the tip.

US Pat. No. 10,456,553

DEVICE AND METHODS FOR TARGETED TISSUE DRUG DELIVERY

Native Cardio, Inc., Nap...

1. A minimally invasive device for treatment of a patient, the device comprising:a. at least one inner catheter adapted to deliver a drug to a cardiac surface of the patient;
b. an outer catheter substantially surrounding the at least one inner catheter;
c. a plurality of electrically conductive elements within the inner catheter and extending to be also located at a substantially distal portion of the device; and
d. at least one membrane interconnecting the plurality of electrically conductive elements at the substantially distal portion of the device,
wherein the plurality of electrically conductive elements are adapted to provide defibrillation energy to a cardiac surface of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,456,552

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR INTRACRANIAL VESSEL ACCESS

1. A system for intracranial access through a patient's vasculature to access an intracranial occlusion, the system comprising:a variable diameter guide and support system for steering and advancing through the patient's vasculature, the variable diameter guide and support system having a distal tip region, a proximal support section, and an expanded section;
an axis of the variable diameter guide and support system passing centrally through the proximal support section, the expanded section, and at least partially through the distal tip region;
wherein the expanded section has a distal tapering surface that connects to and substantially symmetrically decreases in diameter to the distal tip region;
wherein the expanded section has a proximal tapering surface that connects to and substantially symmetrically decreases in diameter to the proximal support section;
wherein the expanded section proximal to the distal tapering surface and distal to the proximal tapering surface has a cylindrical surface having an outer diameter greater than both a diameter of the distal tip region and a diameter of the proximal support section; wherein the proximal support section has an outer diameter less than the cylindrical surface and is configured to advance the variable diameter guide and support system through a vasculature;
wherein the expanded section, the proximal support section, and the distal tip region have a passage therethrough configured for passage and relative movement of a wire; and,
a distal access catheter operatively connected to the variable diameter guide and support system and wherein the distal access catheter has a distal inner diameter substantially corresponding to the outer diameter of the cylindrical surface and wherein the cylindrical surface of the variable diameter guide and support system is maintained at least partially distal of a distal end of the catheter during advancement through the patient's vasculature wherein the inner diameter of the distal access catheter and the outer diameter of the cylindrical surface are sized to prevent coaxial separation between the variable diameter guide and support system and a distal edge of the distal access catheter while being advance through curved vasculature and the cylindrical surface has a length to allow torsional and coaxial movements of the variable diameter guide and support system relative to said distal access catheter while being advanced through curved vasculature without causing coaxial separation of the expanded section from the distal inner diameter of the distal access catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,456,551

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,456,550

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RESPIRATION DURING SLEEP

Yeda Research and Develop...

17. A device for reducing a probability of snoring during sleep, the device comprising:an odor disperser adapted to disperse an odor;
at least one detector adapted to detect a physiological characteristic of a user;
a controller configured for reducing the probability of snoring by the user by instructing the odor dispenser to disperse an odor responsive to detections by the at least one detector thereby affecting one or more upcoming breaths of the user consecutive to said odor dispersion to increase inhalation volume.

US Pat. No. 10,456,549

RESPIRATION SYSTEM AND CONNECTOR SYSTEM THEREFOR FOR REDUCING CONTAMINATIONS

1. A respiration system comprising:a respirator comprising a respirator housing having a respirator housing interior space;
at least two connector systems, each of said two connector systems comprising a connector structure having a connector structure outer surface portion, a first connector structure end portion and a second connector structure end portion;
a breathing system detachably coupled with the respirator by the at least two connector systems, the breathing system comprising an expiratory branch and an inspiratory branch, said at least two connector systems being formed separate from said expiratory branch and said inspiratory branch, said breathing system comprising a breathing system housing having a breathing system housing interior space, said respirator housing and said breathing system housing defining a gap, said respirator housing having a respirator housing opening and a respirator housing outer surface, said connector structure extending from a position located in said respirator housing interior space through said respirator housing opening to another position located in said breathing system housing interior space, wherein said connector structure bridges said gap, said connector structure outer surface portion extending continuously, without interruption from said respirator housing interior space to said breathing system housing interior space, said second connector structure end portion being located in said breathing system housing interior space at a spaced location from said respirator housing outer surface, wherein said second connector structure end portion is located outside of said respirator housing outer surface, said first connector structure end portion being located in said respirator housing interior space;
a controllable gas inlet to admit gas from the respirator into the breathing system via one of the at least two connector systems;
a controllable gas outlet to draw off gas from the breathing system into the respirator via another one of the at least two connector systems;
valves controlling the controllable gas inlet and the controllable gas outlet such that only a unidirectional volume flow, by which the direction of migration of bacteria, viruses or other contaminants through the respective connector system is affected, prevails in each corresponding connector structure, so that collection of bacteria, viruses or other contaminants on the connector systems is essentially reduced, wherein gas flows only into the breathing system via the gas inlet during operation of the respirator, wherein the gas does not flow back into the respirator during operation of the respirator, wherein no bacteria or viruses present in the breathing system enters the one of the at least two connector systems associated with the gas inlet during operation of the respirator, wherein the bacteria or viruses, which enter the breathing system from expired fluid, enter only one of the connector systems arranged in the respirator from the breathing system via the gas outlet such that the bacteria or viruses remain in the respirator; and
a sensor wherein at least one of the at least two connector systems is coupled with the sensor such that due to the unidirectional volume flow through the respective connector system, collection of bacteria, viruses or other contaminants on a measuring line of the coupled sensor or on the coupled sensor itself is essentially prevented from occurring, the measuring line being connected to the connector structure outer surface portion within the respirator housing interior space such that the measuring line is directed away from the unidirectional volume flow.

US Pat. No. 10,456,548

INFLATION CONTROL VALVES FOR RESUSCITATOR DEVICES AND RESUSCITATOR DEVICES

Emory University, Atlant...

1. An inlet valve for a resuscitator device having a flexible chamber that extends from a first end to a second end, the second end being configured to attach to an airway adjunct, comprising:a valve housing configured to be disposed at the first end of the flexible chamber and to receive air for inflating the flexible chamber, the valve housing being partially disposed within the flexible chamber,
the valve housing extending between a first end and a second end that is parallel to and opposes the first end,
the first end of the valve housing including an opening,
the second end of the valve housing being closed and being configured to be disposed within the flexible chamber,
the valve housing including a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion that are disposed between the first end and the second end of the valve housing,
the third portion being disposed between the first portion and the second portion,
the first portion including the first end of the valve housing and including a one-way valve disposed at the opening of the first end of the valve housing, the one-way valve being configured to intake the air for inflating the flexible chamber,
the second portion including the second end of the valve housing and an outlet section that includes an opening,
the outlet section being configured to deliver the air into the flexible chamber and extending perpendicular to the first end and the second end of the valve housing; and
an inflation control member configured to control a rate of inflation of the flexible chamber, the inflation control member being disposed within the valve housing and movable with respect to the valve housing between the first end and the second end of the valve housing.

US Pat. No. 10,456,547

BREATHING TUBE ASSEMBLIES WITH ADJUSTABLE ELBOW

1. A respiratory therapy system, comprising:a flow generator that generates a flow of a breathing gas, the flow generator comprising an outlet for the flow of the breathing gas;
a flexible breathing tube assembly comprising a connector and a breathing tube, the breathing tube having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is coupled to the connector in a non-rotatable manner, and wherein the connector couples the breathing tube to the outlet of the flow generator;
a patient interface coupled to the second end of the breathing tube such that the breathing tube can deliver the flow of the breathing gas from the flow generator to the patient interface;
a swivel elbow that is rotatably coupled to the connector of the flexible breathing tube assembly, the swivel elbow comprising an engagement portion that completely surrounds the breathing tube in a circumferential direction to couple the swivel elbow to the breathing tube, the swivel elbow further comprising a curved surface portion that is spaced from the engagement portion along a longitudinal direction, wherein the curved surface portion guides a first portion of the breathing tube into a curved shape, wherein the curved surface portion only partially surrounds the breathing tube in the circumferential direction; and
wherein the breathing tube is rotatable relative to the engagement portion of the swivel elbow such that the swivel elbow can be rotated relative to the connector to vary a direction that the breathing tube extends relative to the flow generator.

US Pat. No. 10,456,546

AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTING HEADGEAR FOR PATIENT INTERFACE

1. A patient interface system comprising:an interface portion adapted to create a seal with at least a nose of a user;
a coupling that permits the patient interface system to be coupled to a gas delivery system;
a headgear system that allows the interface portion to be positioned and retained on a head of the user with the headgear system providing a transformational locking behavior with an ability to transform from an elastic type elongation behavior to a generally non-elongating type behavior when the patient interface system is in use;
the headgear system comprising a mechanical directional lock, a rear portion, and at least one side strap on each side of the headgear system that couples the rear portion to the interface portion, each side strap comprising a non-elongating element and an elastic element;
wherein the elastic type elongation behavior is provided by the elastic elements, the elastic elements being configured to provide a retraction force;
wherein the transformational locking behavior is provided by the mechanical directional lock, which is configured to apply a friction force on the one or more non-elongating elements in use such that movement in a retraction direction is automatically allowed at a first level of resistance and movement in an elongation direction is either automatically allowed at a second level of resistance higher than the first level of resistance or automatically prevented;
wherein the transformational locking behavior is adapted to automatically fit the headgear system to the user without the need for manual adjustment of the headgear assembly to fit the headgear system to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,456,545

PATIENT INTERFACE SYSTEMS

ResMed Pty Ltd, Bella Vi...

1. A mask system for respiratory therapy involving delivery of pressurized air to a patient, the mask system comprising:a patient interface shaped to form a seal with both a mouth of the patient and nasal airways of the patient without contacting a nasal bridge of the patient, including:
a flexible cushion shaped to form a seal with (i) the nasal airways using a nasal seal portion of the cushion, and (ii) the mouth of the patient using a mouth seal portion of the cushion, the nasal seal portion of the cushion and the mouth seal portion of the cushion comprising a same flexible material, the nasal seal portion of the cushion shaped to form a seal with the nasal airways at a portion of a nose of the patient that surrounds nares of the patient under the nose of the patient, the flexible cushion defining a plate-receiving aperture that is located at a front portion of the cushion that is opposite from a face-contacting portion of the cushion,
a front plate that has a greater rigidity than the flexible cushion, the front plate being located within the plate-receiving aperture at the front portion of the flexible cushion, the front plate being molded to the flexible cushion at a perimeter of the front plate, the front plate and the cushion defining a breathing chamber, the front plate comprising a transparent window through which the mouth of the patient is visible when the patient interface is worn by the patient,
a first headgear connector that is on a first side of the patient interface and positionable proximate to a first ear of the patient when the patient interface is worn by the patient, the first side being located between a top of the patient interface proximate the nose of the patient when the mask system is worn by the patient and a bottom of the patient interface proximate a chin of the patient when the mask system is worn by the patient, and
a second headgear connector that is on a second side of the patient interface and positionable proximate to a second ear of the patient when the patient interface is worn by the patient, the second side opposing the first side; and
headgear shaped to secure the patient interface on a head of the patient in sealing engagement with the mouth and the nasal airways, the headgear adapted to connect to the first headgear connector and the second headgear connector.

US Pat. No. 10,456,544

CUSHION FOR PATIENT INTERFACE

ResMed Pty Ltd, Bella Vi...

1. A cushion for a patient interface that delivers breathable gas to a patient, the cushion including a nasal bridge region, a pair of side of nose regions, a pair of upper cheek regions, a pair of lower cheek regions and a chin region, the cushion comprising:a non-face contacting portion including a base wall structured to be connected to a frame;
a face-contacting portion structured to engage the patient's face,
wherein the face-contacting portion comprises a membrane including a nasal bridge region, a pair of cheek regions, and a chin region adapted to form a continuous seal on a nasal bridge region, a pair of cheek regions, and a chin region of the patient's face, respectively,
wherein the membrane forms a widest point of the cushion, and a bottom portion of the base wall is entirely internally offset with respect to the widest point,
wherein the membrane has an inner edge defining an aperture adapted to receive the patient's nose, and
wherein, when the cushion is stationary on a horizontal surface and oriented such that the non-face contacting portion faces towards the horizontal surface,
1) the membrane in the nasal bridge region of the cushion has an exterior surface that includes two sides meeting at a centerline, each side sloping downwardly from the centerline,
2) in a cross-sectional view, the exterior surface of the membrane in the nasal bridge region of the cushion a) curves downwardly along the centerline from a peak of the membrane's curvature to the inner edge of the membrane, and b) curves downwardly along the centerline from the peak of the membrane's curvature in a direction away from the inner edge of the membrane, to thereby form a convex shape,
3) in a cross-sectional view, the membrane in the chin region of the cushion has an exterior surface forming a convex shape such that the exterior surface curves downwardly from a peak of the membrane's curvature to the inner edge of the membrane, and
4) the exterior surface of the membrane in the chin region of the cushion extends from one lower cheek region to the other lower cheek region and forms a concave shape adapted to engage the patient's chin region.

US Pat. No. 10,456,543

PATIENT VENTILATING AND ASPIRATING SYSTEM

1. A catheter mount comprising:at least three passageways;
a first of said at least three passageways being adapted to be connected to a patient connector;
a second of said at least three passageways being adapted to be connected to a gases transport conduit;
a third of said at least three passageways being covered by a seal configured to provide a substantially airtight seal at normal operating pressures such that said catheter mount is sealed from atmosphere in use, said seal located on an outer most terminal edge of said third of said at least three passageways, said seal being adapted to receive an aspirating system and to re-seal when said aspirating system is disconnected from said third of said at least three passageways, said seal being planar and configured to form a planar sealing interface with said aspirating system when connected to said third of said at least three passageways; and
said catheter mount being adapted to be fitted in use between said patient connector and said gases transport conduit, said catheter mount adapted to convey pressurized gases from said gases transport conduit to said patient connector and maintain PEEP;
wherein said third of said at least three passageways is configured to be releasably connected to said aspirating system with a bayonet fitting.

US Pat. No. 10,456,542

INSERTABLE DEVICE TO PREVENT ASPIRATION OF STOMACH CONTENTS DURING VENTILATION AND INTUBATION

6. A nasogastric tube medical device for blocking the esophagus of a person to prevent gastric contents from being aspirated during a medical procedure, comprisingan elongated flexible inner tube having a first end and a second end and a first length, the inner tube having at least one suction hole disposed near or at the second end of the inner tube, said flexible inner tube having a first passageway extending from the first end to the second end;
a flange member disposed at the first end of the flexible inner tube;
a movable outer tube having a first end and a second end and a second length and slidably secured to an outside portion of the inner tube between the first end of the inner tube and the at least one suction hole, the second length having a size that is smaller in size to a size of the first length, the outer tube movable from a first position with respect to the inner tube to a second position with respect to the inner tube and to an intermediate position anywhere between the first position and the second position;
a first balloon member secured to the outer tube;
a first collapsible/extendable member secured at the first end of the outer tube and to a first outside area of the inner tube and a second collapsible/extendable member secured at the second end of the outer tube and to a second outside area of the inner tube, the first collapsible/extendable member and the second collapsible/extendable member restricting an amount that the outer tube is permitted to move with respect to the inner tube in either direction; wherein when the outer tube is at the first position the first collapsible/extendable member is in a collapsed configuration and the second collapsible/extendable member is in an extended configuration and when the outer tube is at the second position the first collapsible/extendable member is in an extended configuration and the second collapsible/extendable member is in a collapsed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,456,541

SYSTEM AND RESPIRATION APPLIANCE FOR SUPPORTING THE AIRWAY OF A SUBJECT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method of supporting the airway of a subject as the subject breathes, the method comprising:during inhalation of a subject, providing a first resistance to gas flow for gas passing from ambient atmosphere into one or more external orifices of the airway of the subject;
during exhalation of the subject, providing a second resistance to gas flow for gas passing from the one or more external orifices of the airway of the subject to ambient atmosphere, wherein the first resistance is lower than the second resistance such that during inhalation gas passes from ambient atmosphere into the one or more external orifices of the airway of the subject substantially unimpeded and during exhalation the second resistance elevates pressure within the airway of the subject such that the elevated pressure supports the airway of the subject;
receiving a pressurized flow of breathable gas;
directing the pressurized flow of breathable gas to the one or more external orifices of the airway of the subject as the subject breathes;
generating one or more output signals that convey information related to the stability of the airway of the subject with one or more sensors; and
adjusting a flow rate of the pressurized flow of breathable gas based on the information in the one or more output signals generated by the one or more sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,456,540

PATIENT INTERFACE SYSTEMS FOR ENSURING EFFECTIVE SEAL

ResMed Pty Ltd, Bella Vi...

1. A patient interface system for delivering pressurized breathable gas to a patient, comprising:a patient interface including first and second portions adapted to seal against the patient's face;
a frame element configured to at least partially support the patient interface on the patient's face when the patient interface is worn; and
a seal maintenance resilient structure disposed between the patient interface and the frame element, the seal maintenance resilient structure being configured to urge the patient interface against the patient's face when the patient interface is worn, the seal maintenance resilient structure consisting of first and second compression springs,
wherein the first and second compression springs are disposed respectively between the first and second portions of the patient interface and the frame element to urge the first and second portions into sealing engagement with the patient's nose when the patient interface is worn, and
wherein a supply tube is connected directly to the frame element and is in fluid communication with the patient interface to provide breathable gas to the patient, the seal maintenance resilient structure being configured such that when a disruptive force is exerted on the supply tube and in turn transferred to the frame element as a pulling force thereon, the seal maintenance resilient structure resists movement of the patient interface caused by the disruptive force thereby decoupling the patient interface from the supply tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,539

INHALER

KIND CONSUMER LIMITED, L...

1. An inhaler comprising:a reservoir for holding a plurality of doses of a composition to be inhaled;
a housing containing the reservoir and having an outlet end where each dose of the composition exits the inhaler and an opposite end;
a composition flow path extending from the reservoir to the outlet end of the housing along which the composition flows from the reservoir along the flow path and out of a composition orifice towards the outlet end of the housing;
a flexible diaphragm which does not form part of the composition flow path defining a suction chamber on one side of the diaphragm, the suction chamber extending from an air outlet proximate to the outlet end of the housing, and terminating part way along the housing such that the diaphragm separates the suction chamber on one side of the diaphragm from the remainder of the housing on the opposite side of the diaphragm;
a valve element movable with the diaphragm and biased by a biasing force into a first position in which it closes the composition flow path at a position between the reservoir and the composition orifice;
wherein suction on the outlet end reduces the pressure in the suction chamber thereby moving the valve element against the biasing force to a second position to open the composition flow path so that a single dose out of the plurality of doses of the composition held in the reservoir can flow uninterrupted from the reservoir through the composition orifice and out of the outlet end; and
wherein the said biasing force is arranged to return the valve element to the first position to close the composition flow path to stop the flow of the composition from the reservoir through the composition orifice once the single dose is complete and the suction ceases.

US Pat. No. 10,456,538

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF A PULMONARY SURFACTANT BY ATOMIZATION

Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A...

1. A system configured to deliver an atomized medicament to a spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate, the system comprising:a flexible catheter sized such that a distal end portion thereof is provided in the retro-pharyngeal region of the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate, the flexible catheter including at least a first channel that outputs into the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate's pharyngeal cavity a flow of liquid medicament, and at least one second channel that outputs into the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate's pharyngeal cavity a pressurized flow of gas;
a first pump connected to a first end of the first channel, that creates a low pressure which pushes a column of liquid medicament toward a second end of the first channel;
a second pump connected to a first end of each said at least one second channel, that creates the pressurized flow of gas;
so that when the column of liquid medicament and the pressurized flow of gas meet in the pharyngeal cavity, the column of liquid medicament is broken into a plurality of particles by the pressurized flow of gas, causing atomization of the liquid medicament and the atomized medicament to be delivered into the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate's lungs;
a controller that controls at least the first pump; and
a pressure sensor, connected to the first channel, that measures a value indicative of pressure in the pharyngeal cavity of the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate, such value being used by the controller to determine whether the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate is in an inspiration or in an expiration phase,
wherein the first pump is selectively activated by the controller only during the inspiration phase.

US Pat. No. 10,456,537

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING DRY POWDER MEDICAMENTS

CONCENTRX PHARMACEUTICALS...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first member defining at least a portion of a disaggregation chamber containing a dry powder, the first member including a chamber wall that forms an outer boundary of the disaggregation chamber; and
a second member coupled to the first member, the second member including a surface covering the disaggregation chamber, the second member defining an intake channel and an exit channel, the exit channel configured to be fluidically coupled to the disaggregation chamber via an exit opening defined by the surface of the second member, the intake channel configured to be fluidically coupled to the disaggregation chamber via an intake port, a center line of a portion of the intake channel being tangential to a portion of the chamber wall of the first member such that a portion of an inlet airflow conveyed into the disaggregation chamber via the intake channel has a rotational motion about a center axis of the disaggregation chamber, the intake port defined at least in part by an intake ramp, the intake ramp including a transition surface that forms an exit angle with respect to the surface of between 75 degrees and 105 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,456,536

INHALER WITH TWO MICROPHONES FOR DETECTION OF INHALATION FLOW

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An inhaler for dispensing aerosol or a dry powder comprising:a housing comprising an air-inlet and an air-outlet, wherein the housing defines a flow path between the air-inlet and the air-outlet, and
a first sensor arranged at a first position of an external surface of the housing, and a second sensor arranged at a second position of the external surface of the housing, and wherein the first and second sensors are arranged to sense sound or vibrations resulting from a flow in the flow path, and
a processor arranged to process output signals from the first and second sensors according to an algorithm, so as to generate a measure of flow in the flow path,
wherein the first and second positions are spaced apart,
wherein the first position is selected to have a shorter distance to the air-inlet than the second position,
wherein the algorithm comprises an event classification part arranged to analyse the sound or vibrations sensed by the first and second sensors, to identify at least one event,
wherein the at least one event comprises one or more of: a priming event, a firing event, and/or an inhalation event, and
wherein the event classification part is arranged to distinguish between a priming and firing event on the one hand, and an inhalation event on the other based on a duration feature derived from start and end times of events, and wherein the event classification part is arranged to distinguish between a priming event on the one hand and a firing event on the other based on power differences between sound or vibrations sensed by the first and second sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,456,535

DRY POWDER INHALER

Presspart Manufacturing L...

1. An inhaler device comprisingan inhaler housing comprising at least one air inlet duct;
an elongated capsule chamber adapted for receiving a capsule which contains a dose of medicament in dry powder form, and wherein the capsule chamber has a longitudinal axis and is defined by a wall arrangement including a first and a second supporting wall portion opposing each other in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and first and second sidewall portions opposing each other in the direction of the longitudinal axis;
a mouthpiece portion through which the medicament in dry powder form is dispensable; and
at least first and second airflow paths which each extend between the at least one air inlet duct, the capsule chamber and the mouthpiece portion to enable an inhalation airflow formed upon inhalation to flow through the at least one air inlet duct via the capsule chamber and the mouthpiece portion such that the dose of medicament is entrained in air and dispensed through the mouthpiece portion;
wherein the first airflow path comprises at least a first intermediate duct extending from the at least one air inlet duct to a first capsule chamber inlet adjacent to the first sidewall portion, and at least a first outlet duct extending from a first capsule chamber outlet adjacent to the first sidewall portion in direction to the mouthpiece portion; and the second airflow path comprises at least a second intermediate duct extending from the at least one air inlet duct to a second capsule chamber inlet adjacent to the second sidewall portion, and at least a second outlet duct extending from a second capsule chamber outlet adjacent to the second sidewall portion in direction to the mouthpiece portion,
wherein
the at least first and second outlet ducts extend, upon exit from the capsule chamber, towards a swirl chamber and are connected to it,
wherein said swirl chamber comprises a base from which an inner wall surrounding that base vertically extends towards a swirl chamber outlet and,
wherein the swirl chamber outlet is connected to the mouthpiece portion and encloses a flow cross-section area which is smaller than an area of the base surrounded by the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,456,534

NASAL SPRAY DELIVERY GUIDE

Cornell University, Ithi...

1. A nasal spray delivery guide comprising:a pair of guide elements spaced apart from one another and configured to be at least partially inserted into respective nostrils of a patient, each guide element comprising an aperture extending therethrough from a base end to a tip end of the guide element;
a flexible connector element attached to and extending between the guide elements;
a wing extending away from one of the guide elements; and
a clamping tab extending away from the wing and upwards and towards one of the guide elements;
wherein the delivery guide has a stable conformation in which an angle between longitudinal axes of the guide elements is between approximately 10 degrees and approximately 30 degrees, and in which an angle between the longitudinal axis of one of the guide elements and an axis perpendicular to the wing is between approximately 5 degrees and approximately 15 degrees.