US Pat. No. 10,166,432

BED EXERCISE APPARATUS

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,431

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

PowerBlock Holdings, Inc....

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,430

BARBELL COLLAR

VENICE GRAVITY WORX, INC....

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,429

ADJUSTABLE KETTLEBELL DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,426

EXERCISE APPARATUS

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,425

HYBRID RESISTANCE SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,424

EXERCISE MACHINE HAVING CHANGEABLE DAMPING MECHANISM

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,421

COGNITIVE SOLUTION TO ENHANCE FIREFIGHTING CAPABILITIES

International Business Ma...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,417

RESPIRATOR HAVING AN INTEGRATED ORONASAL MASK

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,416

RESPIRATOR MASK SPEECH ENHANCEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD

3M Innovative Properties ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,414

HANDHELD FORCIBLE ENTRY DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,413

CONTROLLED DESCENT SAFETY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

BAILOUT SYSTEMS, LLC, Ci...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,409

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

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,408

CANCER THERAPY SYSTEM TREATMENT BEAM PROGRESSION AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,405

IMAGE-GUIDED RADIOTHERAPY FOR INTERNAL TUMOR BOOST

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,403

BRACHYTHERAPY SOURCE ASSEMBLY

Nuvletron Operations B.V....

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,400

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

Korea Advanced Institute ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,399

CHARGE BALANCING CIRCUIT, STIMULATOR CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR CHARGE BALANCING

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,397

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTERMITTENT MULTIPOINT PACING

Pacesetter, Inc., Sunnyv...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,394

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

HRL Laboratories, LLC, M...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,392

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZED STIMULATION OF A NEUROLOGICAL TARGET

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,391

RESPONSIVE NEUROSTIMULATION FOR THE TREATMENT OF CHRONIC CARDIAC DYSFUNCTION

Cybertronics, Inc., Hous...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,390

HELICAL INSERTER

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,389

SINGLE-WIRE ELECTRODE ARRAY

Cochlear Limited, Macqua...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,385

LEAD AND METHODS FOR BRAIN MONITORING AND MODULATION

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,383

METALLIZED FILM ELECTRODE FOR NONINVASIVE ELECTROTHERAPY

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,382

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

DELCON SRL, Milan (IT)

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,381

ANTISEPTIC CAP

Excelsior Medical Corpora...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,380

IMPLANTABLE VENOUS DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,379

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPENING OF A TISSUE BARRIER

THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,378

PERMEANT DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR USE THEREOF

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,377

SPINAL TREATMENT METHOD AND SPINAL TREATMENT CATHETER

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,376

RESTRICTED EXPANSION DISSECTOR

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,375

BODY FLUID DRAINAGE SYSTEM

University of Washington,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,374

WEDGE DISSECTORS FOR A MEDICAL BALLOON

Cagent Vascular, LLC, Wa...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,372

ANGIOPLASTY BALLOON IMPROVED WITH GRAPHENE

Cook Medical Technologies...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,368

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,367

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

St. Jude Medical, Cariolo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,365

CATHETER ASSEMBLY INCLUDING SEALING MEMBER

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,361

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,360

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

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,081

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

BIO-MEDICAL ENGINEERING (...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,076

REGISTRATION OBJECT, CORRECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMPUTED RADIOGRAPHIC TOMOGRAPHY

NIKON METROLOGY NV, Leuv...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,075

MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGICAL INSTRUMENT IMPLEMENTING A MOTOR

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,074

PATTY MANAGER AND METHOD

Clear Solutions LLC, Cas...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,072

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

MIRADRY, INC., Santa Cla...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,067

ABLATION CATHETER AND METHOD FOR ELECTICALLY ISOLATING CARDIAC TISSUE

St. Jude Medical, Atrial ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,066

EPICARDIAL ABLATION CATHETER AND METHOD OF USE

University of Virginia Pa...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,065

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CLAMPING AND CUTTING TISSUE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,061

TELEOPERATED SURGICAL SYSTEM EQUIPMENT WITH USER INTERFACE

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,060

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS COMPRISING A TRIGGER ASSEMBLY

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,059

TREATMENT INSTRUMENT

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,058

ACTION/COUNTERACTION SUPERIMPOSED DOUBLE CHAMBER BROAD AREA TISSUE ABLATION DEVICE

Corfigo, Inc., Montclair...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,054

BONE FIXATION SYSTEM

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,053

DISTRACTOR WITH BIDIRECTIONAL ROTATION CONTROL

Stryker European Holdings...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,048

TRANSLATIONAL INSTRUMENTATION FOR SPONDYLOLISTHESIS AND SCOLIOSIS REDUCTION

Tenzin LLC, Chestnut Hil...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,044

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

FRESHWATER BAY INDUSTRIES...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,043

SUPPORT APPARATUS FOR SURGICAL TUBE

Surgical Stabilization Te...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,042

SURGICAL SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,037

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,032

MODULAR HUMERAL HEAD RESURFACING SYSTEM

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. An implant for use in shoulder arthroplasty comprising:a separate head member having an articulating surface, a lower surface opposite the articulating surface, and a post extending in a first direction from the lower surface; and
a separate base member having a fixation peg extending along a longitudinal axis of the separate base member, the separate base member including three fins substantially evenly spaced about the longitudinal axis of the separate base member, and a recess configured to receive the post of the separate head member to couple the separate head member to the separate base member,
wherein each of the three fins taper from a top portion of the fixation peg towards a point and forms a portion of a top surface of the separate base member,
wherein, when implanted, the separate head member and the separate base member are configured to define a narrow gap formed by a portion of the lower surface of the separate head and a portion of resected bone and the top surface of the separate base member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,031

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREPARING AN IMPLANTATION SITE

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. A system to broach an anatomy, the system comprising:a first member including a first length extending between a first end and a second end;
a cutting portion formed along at least a portion of the first length of the first member;
a first connection portion including a second length extending from the second end of the first member to a terminal end, the first connection portion further including a first attachment portion and a second attachment portion, wherein the first attachment portion includes a first threaded portion; and
an extension member that includes a third length extending between a third end of the extension member and a fourth end of the extension member, wherein the extension member includes a third attachment portion and a second threaded portion;
wherein the first threaded portion is configured to engage the second threaded portion in a mating direction;
wherein the first threaded portion is configured to disengage the second threaded portion in the mating direction, such that the first threaded portion is positioned within the extension member beyond the second threaded portion;
wherein the second attachment portion is configured to engage the third attachment portion of the extension member to drive the extension member directly into a bone of the anatomy.

US Pat. No. 10,166,030

SURGICAL TOOL SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE TOOL TIP INTERFACES

Modular Surgical, Inc., ...

1. A tool tip carrier system comprising:a tool carrier including a plurality of tool carrier segments at least some of which are connected with articulating joints, wherein each tool carrier segment is configured to cradle a removable surgical tool tip; and
a tool carrier manipulator including (i) a handle and (ii) an attachment shaft, wherein the handle is adjustably connected to be selectively positioned along a length of the attachment shaft;
wherein the attachment shaft has a tissue-penetration tip which is configured to pass through tissue from an external location to a location in a body cavity and wherein a distal end of the attachment shaft is configured to be detachably secured to the tool carrier within the body cavity while the handle is attached to the shaft at the external location.

US Pat. No. 10,166,029

JIG FOR DETERMINING A PATIENT-ADAPTED IMPLANT SIZE OF THE FEMORAL IMPLANT OF A KNEE ENDOPROSTHESIS

1. A jig for determining a patient-adapted implant size of a femoral implant of a knee endoprosthesis, wherein the jig comprises:a main body;
a probe part displaceable relative to the main body along a measuring direction, wherein the probe part includes:
a probe arm with a probe tip adapted to contact on an anterior reference point (RP) of a distal end of a patient's femur;
two contact pieces adapted to contact on and reference on respectively a medial posterior and a lateral posterior condyle of the distal end of the patient's femur; and
at least one scale and an associated indicator adapted to indicate a location of the probe part in the measuring direction relative to at least one of the contact pieces for a specification of a suitable implant size; wherein the contact pieces are movable relative to the main body in such a way that a distance of the probe tip to the contact pieces which is projected on the measuring direction is settable for the contact pieces in such a way that the distance is different with respect to the two contact pieces, and in that each contact piece is provided with its own scale and an associated indicator for indicating the location of the probe part in the measuring direction relative to the respective contact piece and for the resulting specification of the suitable implant size.

US Pat. No. 10,166,028

HEMOSTATIC CLIPPING DEVICES AND METHODS

Boston Scientfic Scimed, ...

11. A method for treating tissue, comprising:inserting a clip to a target area within a living body adjacent a target tissue, the clip including a capsule extending from a proximal end to a distal end and having an opening formed in the proximal end and first and second arms movably received in the capsule for movement between a closed configuration in which the first and second arms are drawn toward one another and an expanded configuration in which the first and second arms extend distally from the capsule and are separated from one another to receive target tissue therebetween;
inserting the clip to a target site within a living body;
moving a control member coupled to the clip distally to move the clip from the closed configuration to the expanded configuration, wherein the control member is coupled to the clip via a separable clevis including two members that engage a cross pin of the clip;
positioning the clip so that target tissue to be clipped is positioned between distal ends of the first and second legs; and
moving the control member proximally to draw the first and second arms to the closed configuration to grip the target tissue;
exerting additional proximally directed force on the control member to separate the members of the clevis from the cross-pin separating the clip from the control member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,027

APPARATUS FOR APPLYING SURGICAL CLIPS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An apparatus for applying surgical clips comprising:a clip stack; and
a body portion housing the clip stack, the body portion including:
a clip follower slidably supported therein, wherein the clip follower is positioned proximally of the clip stack and biased to engage the clip stack, the clip follower defining a tab extending from a lateral side of the clip follower;
a separator plate fixedly supported therein, wherein the separator plate defines a first projection; and
a lockout having a lockout engagement member, the lockout being selectively movable:
from a first position, wherein the lockout engagement member contacts the first projection of the separator plate to limit distal movement of the lockout;
to a second position, wherein the tab of the clip follower selectively engages the lockout engagement member of the lockout such that the lockout engagement member clears the first projection of the separator plate to enable distal movement of the lockout.

US Pat. No. 10,166,026

STAPLE CARTRIDGE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING FEATURES FOR CONTROLLING THE ROTATION OF STAPLES WHEN BEING EJECTED THEREFROM

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly for stapling tissue, comprising:a cartridge body comprising a proximal end and a distal end;
a plurality of staple cavities, wherein each said staple cavity comprises:
a top opening;
a proximal wall; and
a distal wall;
a firing member; and
a plurality of staples positioned in said staple cavities, wherein each said staple comprises:
a base;
a proximal leg extending from said base;
a distal leg extending from said base; and
a center of mass defined in said base, wherein said distal wall provides a distal reaction force to said staple above said center of mass and said proximal wall provides a proximal reaction force to said staple below said center of mass wherein said staple is lifted toward said top opening by said firing member,
wherein said firing member is configured to eject said staples from said staple cavities, and wherein said firing member is configured to contact a foot of any staple that is misoriented within its staple cavity prior to ejecting the misoriented staple from its staple cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,166,025

SURGICAL STAPLING DEVICE WITH LOCKOUT SYSTEM FOR PREVENTING ACTUATION IN THE ABSENCE OF AN INSTALLED STAPLE CARTRIDGE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical stapling instrument, comprising:a staple cartridge assembly configured to be attached to said surgical stapling instrument;
staples removably stored within said staple cartridge assembly;
a first jaw;
a second jaw moveable relative to said first jaw, wherein said second jaw is moveable between a locked position and an unlocked position; and
a lock system configured to permit said second jaw to move to said unlocked position when said staple cartridge assembly is attached to said surgical stapling instrument, and wherein said lock system is further configured to lock said second jaw in said locked position when said staple cartridge assembly is not attached to said surgical stapling instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,166,023

METHOD OF APPLYING A BUTTRESS TO A SURGICAL STAPLER END EFFECTOR

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A method of securing a buttress to an end effector, wherein the end effector comprises an upper jaw member and a lower jaw member, the method comprising:(a) positioning a platform of a buttress applier cartridge between the upper and lower jaw members while the upper and lower jaw members are in an open configuration such that the buttress applier cartridge is removably positioned between the jaw members, wherein the platform has a buttress disposed thereon during the act of positioning the platform between the upper and lower jaw members, wherein the buttress applier cartridge has at least one retainer member retaining the buttress on the platform during the act of positioning the platform between the upper and lower jaw members;
(b) driving one or both of the upper or lower jaw members toward the platform to thereby engage the buttress with the end effector, wherein the buttress applier cartridge further comprises a resilient member that drives the at least one retainer away from the buttress to thereby release the buttress in response to the act of driving one or both of the upper or lower jaw members toward the platform;
(c) driving one or both of the upper or lower jaw members away from the platform to thereby pull the buttress off of the platform; and
(d) removing the platform from between the upper and lower jaw members, wherein the buttress remains secured to the end effector after removing the platform from between the upper and lower jaw members.

US Pat. No. 10,166,019

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SURGICAL AND INTERVENTIONAL PLANNING, SUPPORT, POST-OPERATIVE FOLLOW-UP, AND, FUNCTIONAL RECOVERY TRACKING

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A medical method, comprising:receiving data regarding tissue retraction in a performance of a virtual surgical procedure on a model of a patient;
gathering tissue retraction data during performance of a surgical procedure on the patient indicative of an amount of pressure being placed on at least one of tissue and nerves as a result of retraction of a tissue using a retractor, the gathering including gathering data from at least one sensor coupled to the retractor;
in real time with the performance of the surgical procedure, comparing the data received regarding tissue retraction in the performance of the virtual surgical procedure and the tissue retraction data gathered during the performance of the surgical procedure to determine if the tissue retraction data gathered during the performance of the surgical procedure has an intolerable variance from the data received regarding tissue retraction in the performance of the virtual surgical procedure;
in response to determining that the tissue retraction data gathered during the performance of the surgical procedure has an intolerable variance from the data received regarding tissue retraction in the performance of the virtual surgical procedure, generating, using a processor of a computer system, an alert during the performance of the surgical procedure;
using the processor of the computer system, determining during the performance of the surgical procedure whether the amount of pressure reaches a predetermined amount of pressure, the processor being operatively coupled to the at least one sensor; and
in response to determining that the amount of pressure reaches the predetermined amount of pressure, the processor causing automatic engagement of a mechanical mechanism operatively coupled to the retractor and thereby preventing the amount of pressure from exceeding the predetermined amount of pressure;
wherein the predetermined amount of pressure is based on data gathered regarding a plurality of surgical procedures previously performed on other patients.

US Pat. No. 10,166,017

MEDICAL DEVICES HAVING A RELEASABLE TUBULAR MEMBER AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES...

3. A medical device for the treatment of a bodily passage, said medical device comprising:an elongate member having a proximal portion and a shaft extending distally from the proximal portion, the proximal portion having a first outside diameter, the shaft having a first proximal end attached to the proximal portion, a tapered first distal end, and a length extending from the first proximal end to the first distal end, the shaft having a second outside diameter that is less than the first outside diameter;
an intermediate member releasably disposed on the shaft and having a second proximal end, a second distal end, an intermediate member body, and a third outside diameter that is greater than the first outside diameter of the proximal portion, the intermediate member body defining a first intermediate member opening, a second intermediate member opening, an intermediate member lumen, a first surface, a second surface, a frustoconical protuberance, and a support post, the first intermediate member opening defined on the second proximal end, the second intermediate member opening defined on the second distal end, the intermediate member lumen extending from the first intermediate member opening to the second intermediate member opening, the intermediate member lumen having an inside diameter that is less than the first outside diameter of the proximal portion, the first surface disposed on the second proximal end and opposably facing the second surface, the frustoconical protuberance extending distally from the second surface and tapering from the second surface toward the second distal end, the support post extending distally from the frustoconical protuberance to a support post end; and
a tubular member releasably disposed on the shaft distal to the intermediate member, the tubular member separable from the intermediate member and having a third proximal end, a tapered third distal end, a length extending from the third proximal end to the third distal end, a frustoconical proximal portion that tapers from the third proximal end toward the third distal end, and a tubular member body defining a first tubular member opening on the third proximal end, a second tubular member opening on the third distal end, a tubular member lumen extending from the first tubular member opening to the second tubular member opening, and a passageway extending through the frustoconical proximal portion and providing access to the tubular member lumen, the tubular member lumen having a frustoconical proximal portion that tapers from the third proximal end toward the third distal end, the length of the tubular member being less than the length of the shaft;
wherein the third distal end of the tubular member is disposed proximal to the first distal end of the elongate member;
wherein the frustoconical protuberance is disposed within the frustoconical proximal portion of the tubular member lumen; and
wherein the support post is disposed within the passageway defined by the tubular member body.

US Pat. No. 10,166,016

MEDICAL RETRACTOR

Yusuke Shimizu, Okinawa ...

1. A medical retractor comprising:a grip portion; and
a resin functional portion made of a transparent resin and extending from the grip portion, wherein
the resin functional portion has: a trunk portion which has a proximal end thereof connected to the grip portion; and a hook-shaped portion extending in a hook shape from a distal end of the trunk portion,
the resin functional portion is configured to allow the viewing of an affected part which opposedly faces a back surface of the resin functional portion from a front surface side in a see-through manner,
the resin functional portion is configured such that at least one of the back surface and the front surface has a convex lens shape, and
the resin functional portion has a projection extending to the hook-shaped portion along the front surface of the resin functional portion, and the projection formed on the hook-shaped portion is formed with a larger width and a smaller projecting height compared to the projection formed in the trunk portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,015

IMPLANTABLE SCAFFOLD AND METHOD

LAPIQ, INC, Los Altos, C...

1. A biodegradable implantable device for maintaining the alignment of the edges of a trocar defect, the device constructed to allow completion of insertion after the trocar has been removed, the trocar defect having a defect diameter, the tissue and associated layers around the trocar defect having a thickness, a posterior wall, and an interior wall, the device comprising:a first biodegradable base having a first base diameter substantially equal to the defect diameter, the first biodegradable base having:
a first surface, the first surface capable of substantially contacting the posterior wall of the trocar defect,
a first threaded hole substantially through the center extending inward from the first surface but not all the way through the first biodegradable base, and
a second threaded hole extending inward from the first threaded hole but not all the way through the first biodegradable base;
a second biodegradable base having a second base diameter, the second biodegradable base further comprising:
a first surface with a protruding ring along its outer edge, where the inner diameter of the protruding ring is greater than the first base diameter, such that the first surface of the first biodegradable base fits inside the inner walls of the protruding ring of the second biodegradable base with sufficient gap to allow reliable engagement of the interior wall of the tissue and associated layers with the device;
a second surface with a plurality of radial strips, which create a set of radial slots of such depth and width to enable an external tool to allow engagement with a configuration of mating protrusions, the radial strips in the second biodegradable base are connected to an inner ring with a diameter of the second threaded hole of the first biodegradable base, and
an unthreaded hole substantially through the center of the first surface and the second surface, the diameter of the hole substantially equal to the diameter of the second threaded hole in the first biodegradable base, configured to allow a device with the diameter and threading to mate with the second threaded hole in the first biodegradable base to pass through unobstructed; and
a biodegradable connector for connecting the first surface of the first biodegradable base with the first surface of the second biodegradable base, the biodegradable connector defined to compress the first biodegradable base against the second biodegradable base using an external force,
wherein the length of the connector is sufficient to connect to the first biodegradable base and second biodegradable base while allowing enough space to maintain a predefined gap substantially equal to the thickness between the first surface of the biodegradable base and the first surface of the second biodegradable base, and
the biodegradable connector having an unthreaded hole substantially through the middle of the same size and alignment as the unthreaded hole in the second biodegradable base, allowing a device with the diameter and threading to mate with the second threaded hole in the first biodegradable base to pass through unobstructed,
wherein the biodegradable connector threads into the first threaded hole of the first biodegradable base, and
the diameter of the first threaded hole of the first biodegradable base is greater than the diameter of the second threaded hole of the first biodegradable base.

US Pat. No. 10,166,012

HOLDING DEVICE FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LU...

1. A holding device for a surgical instrument, comprising:a holding arm,
an instrument support carried by the holding arm, a distal end of the instrument support being mounted with the surgical instrument, and
a drive unit for operating the surgical instrument, the drive unit being connected with the instrument support, wherein the drive unit is connected with the holding arm via a holding element such that the drive unit is movable from a driving position to an exchanging position, wherein the drive unit, in the driving position, is capable of operating the surgical instrument and, in the exchanging position, is incapable of operating the surgical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,166,009

MEDICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES

THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA ...

1. A biological filter system, comprising:a filter membrane, the filter membrane having a top surface and a bottom surface; and
a border, the border having:
an upwardly extending sidewall circumscribing the filter membrane, the sidewall including a groove formed in the sidewall; wherein the border is composed of wax or machinable wax; and
a cover having a central portion and a flange circumscribing the central portion, the flange including a downwardly extending sidewall and a lip portion configured to matingly engage the groove;
wherein the filter membrane and border are each formed from material that is sliceable into sections suitable for mounting on a slide for microscopic analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,166,008

RECTAL CLEANING DEVICE

1. A cleaning glove device comprising:an outer glove comprising a glove component and a wipe component,
wherein said glove component of said outer glove has a plurality of finger compartments for separately receiving each finger and a thumb of a user,
wherein at least one of said plurality of finger compartments has a corresponding portion of said wipe component of said outer glove secured or attached to at least a palmar finger surface of said finger compartment, and
wherein said wipe component of said outer glove may be of a wet variety or dry variety; and
at least one inner glove,
wherein each of said at least one inner glove is positioned inside said outer glove,
wherein each of said at least one inner glove comprises a glove component and a wipe component,
wherein said glove component of each of said at least one inner glove has a plurality of finger compartments for separately receiving each finger and a thumb of the user,
wherein at least one of said plurality of finger compartments has a corresponding portion of said wipe component of each of said at least one inner glove secured or attached to at least a palmar finger surface of said finger compartment, and
wherein said wipe component of each of said at least one inner glove is a dry variety.

US Pat. No. 10,166,007

PASSIVE DATA TRANSMISSION

1. A sensing apparatus comprising:a sensor that generates an output signal that depends on a sensed parameter,
a control circuit that generates a driving signal based on the output signal generated by the sensor, such that variations in the value of the output signal generated by the sensor result in corresponding variations in the driving signal, and
a transducer having an ultrasound reflecting surface that moves in response to the driving signal applied by the control circuit, wherein variations in the applied driving signal cause corresponding variations in the velocity of the surface of the transducer,
wherein the transducer's response to the applied driving signal and the control circuit's response to the output signal generated by the sensor are repeatable such that the value of the output signal venerated by the sensor can be determined by measuring the variations in the velocity of the surface of the transducer using externally applied Doppler ultrasound to detect a frequency shift.

US Pat. No. 10,166,006

ULTRASOUND SYSTEM WITH DYNAMICALLY AUTOMATED DOPPLER FLOW SETTINGS AS A SAMPLE VOLUME IS MOVED

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system for producing a spectral Doppler image of flow for an anatomical location selected from a colorflow Doppler image, the system comprising:an ultrasonic transducer array probe operable to transmit beams and receives echo signals from a region of a subject where flow is present;
a beamformer operable to control directions in which beams are transmitted by the probe;
a Doppler processor responsive to the echo signals and configured to determine Doppler signals to produce the colorflow Doppler image and the spectral Doppler image;
a display operable to concurrently display the colorflow Doppler image and spectral Doppler image;
a user control which is adapted to be manipulated by a user to indicate the anatomical location where spectral Doppler measurements are taken in a blood vessel shown in a color box that represents a boundary of the colorflow Doppler image; and
a color box position and steering angle processor configured to use Doppler signals from the indicated anatomical location to automatically position the color box based on a flow-weighted center of mass for the blood vessel shown in the color box and automatically change a color box steering angle based on a flow vector at the indicated anatomical location,
wherein the color box steering angle is represented by a shape of the color box and an angle of the beams transmitted by the probe with respect to the flow vector at the indicated anatomical location;
wherein the color box position and steering angle processor is configured to automatically:
calculate the flow-weighted center of mass for the blood vessel shown in the color box by analyzing spatial dimensions of the flow in the blood vessel and finding a center of the flow; and
calculate the flow vector at the indicated anatomical location.

US Pat. No. 10,165,999

RADIOLOGICAL-IMAGE ACQUISITION DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiological-image acquisition device that acquires a two-dimensional image according to a dose of radiation that has been radiated to a subject, the radiological-image acquisition device comprising:a plurality of pixels disposed two-dimensionally;
a capacitive element in each of the plurality of pixels, the capacitive element, when the radiation is incident on each of the plurality of pixels, accumulating electric charge corresponding to the dose for each of the pixels in at least two sequential frames; and
a read control unit that, with respect to at least one of the plurality of pixels, does not perform initialization of the at least one pixel but reads, from the pixel, a first output and a second output which correspond to the accumulated electric charge in each of a first frame and a second frame that constitute the at least two sequential frames, wherein
an initialization cycle in which each of the plurality of pixels is subjected to the initialization is defined as a time length of a plurality of frames, and
the read control unit performs the initialization of each of the plurality of pixels within the initialization cycle so that all the plurality of pixels are subjected to the initialization before the initialization cycle ends, the initialization of the each of the plurality of pixels being performed such that a pixel(s) of the plurality of pixels, which is/are subjected to the initialization, is/are different from frame to frame in the plurality of frames.

US Pat. No. 10,165,998

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING AN ANGLE BETWEEN TWO PARTS OF A BONE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method of determining an angle between two parts of a bone of a patient that are twisted relative to one another about an axis of a bone shaft of the bone, the method comprising:establishing a position of a first orientation feature assigned to a first part of the bone using an x-ray imaging method;
establishing a position of a second orientation feature assigned to a second part of the bone using the x-ray imaging method;
providing an indication element being an elongate construction element having a defined longitudinal axis;
for establishing the position of at least one of the first and second orientation features, positioning the indication element outside of the patient's body relative to the at least one of the first and second orientation features, wherein the indication element is visible in an x-ray image to be taken, and moving the indication element relative to the bone for positioning the indication element based on a plurality of recordings obtained by the x-ray imaging method; and
determining the angle between the first and second parts of the bone from the positions of the first and second orientation features.

US Pat. No. 10,165,997

SYSTEM FOR ACQUIRING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE OF ARTERIES AND VEINS

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A system comprising:an interface coupled to a processor configured to:
receive a plurality of first two-dimensional projection images of a patient volume, each of the first two-dimensional projection images having been acquired at one of a plurality of first respective projection angles during presence of, and following an injection of, at least a portion of a first contrast medium in arteries within the patient volume; and
receive a plurality of respective second two-dimensional projection images of the patient volume, each of the second two-dimensional projection images having been acquired at one of a plurality of second respective projection angles during presence of, and with no additional injection of, at least a portion of the first contrast medium in veins within the patient volume, each of the plurality of second respective projection angles within system tolerances of being identical to a respective one of the plurality of first projection angles;
the processor configured to:
for each of the plurality of first respective projection angles, generate a composite two-dimensional image based on one of the first two-dimensional projection images acquired at one of the plurality of first respective projection angles and one of the second two-dimensional projection images acquired at one of the plurality of second respective projection angles that is within system tolerances of being identical to the one of the plurality of first respective projection angles;
the processor configured to generate the composite two-dimensional image by generating a weighted sum value for each pixel of the composite two-dimensional image based on corresponding values of the pixel in the identified respective one of the first two-dimensional projection images and the identified respective one of the second two-dimensional projection images;
generate a three-dimensional image based on the generated composite two-dimensional images; and
a display configured to display at least one of the three-dimensional image and a two-dimensional slice of the three-dimensional image.

US Pat. No. 10,165,996

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DUAL-ENERGY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY IMAGING

General Electric Company,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,995

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

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,994

HANDHELD X-RAY DEVICE BY COLD CATHODE

Energy Resources Internat...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,987

METHOD FOR DISPLAYING MEDICAL IMAGES

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,985

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF EXTRACTION OF THE HEART VALVE SIGNALS

AVENTUSOFT LLC, Boca Rat...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,983

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

FDNA INC., Tortola (VG)

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,982

PHONE FOR USE IN HEALTH MONITORING

SANANDCO LIMITED, Bingha...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,981

SURGICAL NAVIGATION METHOD

STRYKER EUROPEAN HOLDINGS...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,980

TOILET WITH A HEALTH MONITORING TORSO BELT

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,979

HELMET HAVING A CUMULATIVE CONCUSSION INDICATOR

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,977

SLEEP STAGE DETECTION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,976

SYSTEM FOR IMAGING LESIONS ALIGNING TISSUE SURFACES

Orlucent, Inc., Los Gato...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,974

PREGNANCY MONITORING DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND RELATED METHODS

ELWHA LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,973

PREGNANCY MONITORING DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND RELATED METHODS

ELWHA LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,972

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING NIR FLUORESCENCE AT SENTINEL LYMPH NODE

INTHESMART CO., LTD., Se...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,971

DRIVER STATE DETERMINATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,969

POSITIONING A MEDICAL DEVICE BASED ON OXYGEN SATURATION MEASUREMENTS

BRAEMAR MANUFACTURING, LL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,965

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

Roy Pinchot, Silver Spri...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,963

HYBRID ELECTROMAGNETIC-ACOUSTIC DISTAL TARGETING SYSTEM

Stryker European Holdings...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,962

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS FOR INTRAVASCULAR PLACEMENT OF A CATHETER

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,961

ADJUSTABLE HEAD COIL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

General Electric Company,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,960

MAGNETIC RESONANCE 2D NAVIGATOR TECHNIQUE

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,959

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

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,956

COMPARTMENT SYNDROME MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,955

OBTAINING CARDIOVASCULAR PARAMETERS USING ARTERIOLES RELATED TRANSIENT TIME

Reuven Gladshtein, Netan...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,951

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,948

ULTRASONIC PROBE AND INSPECTION APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE ULTRASONIC PROBE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,945

COGNITIVELY INTEGRATED INDICATING SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,944

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,943

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,942

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,940

VISION-BASED DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,939

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,936

ENDOSCOPE REPROCESSOR AND FAULT DETECTION METHOD

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,935

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,934

ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS WITH ADDITION OF IMAGE SIGNALS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,933

ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL DEVICE AND OVERTUBE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,932

INSERTION DEVICE AND ROTATING TUBULAR MEMBER

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,931

ENDOSCOPE BENDING SECTION CONTROL MECHANISM

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,928

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,926

DISHWASHER HAVING AT LEAST ONE ILLUMINATION ELEMENT

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,925

METHOD OF SEPARATING CHEMISTRIES IN A DOOR-TYPE DISHMACHINE

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,923

FLOOR SQUEEGEE

PRO PAINT GEAR INC., Bri...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,921

HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR A VACUUM CLEANER

Dyson Technology Limited,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,920

HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR A VACUUM CLEANER

Dyson Technology Limited,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,918

VACUUM ATTACHMENT

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,911

ELECTRIC WINDOW CLEANING DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,909

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

HY-INDUSTRIE INC., Drumm...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,906

APPARATUS FOR DISSOLVING A FRAGRANCE CARRIER

REMARKABLY WELL, INC, At...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,905

SHOWER BASE

Sander and Sons, Inc., L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,903

CAULKLESS SEAL

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,902

DECORATIVE REFLECTIVE STOPPER COVER

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,901

TOOTHBRUSH HOLDER APPARATUS

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,900

MULTI-PURPOSE KITCHEN UTENSIL

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,899

IMMERSION BLENDER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,898

COFFEE BEAN CONVEYANCE DEVICE

ACAIA CORPORATION, Cuper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,897

FOOD STUFF DISPENSING MACHINE AND DEHYDRATED FOODSTUFF CONTAINER

Mega Consultants, LLC, B...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,896

METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING FOODSTUFF

SensAbility Pty Ltd, Ade...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,895

DISPOSABLE INSERT OVEN GRATE SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,894

AUTOMATED COOKER

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,893

COOKWARE ITEM WITH SPOON RECEIVING RECESS

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,892

POWDER DOSING SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,891

BEVERAGE PREPARATION ASSEMBLY

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,890

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

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,888

HEATING AND COOKING SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,886

BUTTON MANIPULATION DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,885

STACKABLE TRAY WITH COMPARTMENT

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,884

SERVING CONTAINER AND RING ELEMENT SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,883

CAN HOLDER SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,882

DRINKING STRAW AND CLOSURE ASSEMBLY

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,881

SELF LEVELING SPOON

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,880

TUMBLER HAVING PELTIER DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,879

DRINK CONTAINERS

CamelBak Products, LLC, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,876

FLORAL DISPLAY BOX

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,875

PICTURE HANGING MARKING TOOL

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,873

SECURITY DEVICE FOR FUNCTIONAL DISPLAY AND SECURITY OF HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Scorpion Security Product...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,867

POCKETED SPRING ASSEMBLY COMPRISING PERIMETER STRINGS OF SPRINGS HAVING RECTANGULAR CONVOLUTIONS

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,865

COMPRESSIBLE FOAM FOUNDATION FOR MATTRESS SUPPORT

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,864

CHAIR ARMREST DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,863

THORACIC REGION COMFORT SEATING SYSTEM

LEAR CORPORATION, Southf...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,862

SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE-FORM SEAT SURFACE

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,860

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

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,859

REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE WITH A DRAWER SLIDE SYNCHRONIZER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,856

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,854

MODULAR CABINET ASSEMBLY

Seville Classics, Inc., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,853

FOLDABLE TABLE ATTACHED TO THE CEILING

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,852

TEETH CLEANING IMPLEMENT

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,851

ACCESSORY HOLDER

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,849

COLLAPSIBLE CONTAINER WITH STRAW

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,848

SLIP BELT CARRYING APPARATUS

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,847

EXOSKELETON SYSTEM FOR LOAD CARRYING

THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTR...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,846

BACKPACKS WITH COOPERATIVELY ADJUSTED HIP BELTS AND COMPRESSION STRAPS

CamelBak Products, LLC, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,844

DIFFUSER

Dyson Technology Limited,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,843

HAND HELD APPLIANCE

Dyson Technology Limited,...

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