US Pat. No. 10,966,671

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO CORRECT THE MEASUREMENT OF WATER EQUIVALENT DIAMETER IN COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY WHEN PATIENTS ARE MISCENTERED

General Electric Company,...

1. An apparatus to correct a patient size characteristic in Computed Tomography (CT) when a patient is miscentered, the apparatus comprising:a processor to:
calculate a set of patient size characteristics for a set of axial slices along a height of the patient;
calculate a set of correction factors for the set of patient size characteristics based on a set of patient miscentering distances for the set of axial slices along the height of the patient; and
apply the set of correction factors to the set of patient size characteristics for the set of axial slices along the height of the patient; and
utilize a set of corrected patient size characteristics for the set of axial slices along the height of the patient to perform a CT scan on the patient, when the patient is miscentered, by modulating an X-ray current to control a radiation dose applied to the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,966,670

IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DUAL-ENERGY AND COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY

Carestream Health, Inc., ...

1. An imaging method, comprising:accessing a set of low-energy projection images of a subject, the set of low-energy projection images ordered in a sequence according to a low-energy projection capture angle therefor;
reconstructing a low-energy image of the subject using the ordered set of low-energy projection images of the subject;
synthesizing an intermediate low-energy projection image of the subject for each adjacent pair of the ordered set of low-energy projection images using the reconstructed low-energy image of the subject, including synthesizing the intermediate low-energy projection image of the subject at a low-energy synthesized capture angle intermediate to the low-energy projection capture angles of a corresponding adjacent pair of the ordered set of low-energy projection images;
accessing a set of high-energy projection images of the subject, the set of high-energy projection images ordered in a sequence according to a high-energy projection capture angle therefor, each of the high-energy projection capture angles different from all of the low-energy projection capture angles;
reconstructing a high-energy image of the subject using the ordered set of high-energy projection images of the subject;
synthesizing an intermediate high-energy projection image of the subject for each adjacent pair of the ordered set of high-energy projection images using the reconstructed high-energy image of the subject, including synthesizing the intermediate high-energy projection image of the subject at a high-energy synthesized capture angle intermediate to the high-energy projection capture angles of a corresponding adjacent pair of the ordered set of high-energy projection images; and
reconstructing a dual-energy image of the subject using the set of low-energy projection images of the subject, the synthesized intermediate low-energy projection image of the subject for each adjacent pair of the ordered set of low-energy projection images of the subject, the set of high-energy projection images of the subject, and the synthesized intermediate high-energy projection image of the subject for each adjacent pair of the ordered set of high-energy projection images of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,966,669

METHODS AND KITS FOR ASSESSING NEUROLOGICAL AND OPHTHALMIC FUNCTION AND LOCALIZING NEUROLOGICAL LESIONS

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, New...

1. A method for detecting, diagnosing or screening for concussion in a subject comprising:a) tracking eye movement of at least one eye of the subject;
b) analyzing eye movement of at least one eye of the subject;
c) comparing eye movement of a first eye of the subject to eye movement of a second eye of the subject;
d) calculating a statistical test for eye movement of at least one eye of the subject as compared to a normal or mean eye movement; and
e) detecting, diagnosing or screening for a concussion based on the calculated statistical test.

US Pat. No. 10,966,668

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO MEASURE BODILY FLUID AND ITS CHANGE, AND BLOOD VOLUME CHANGE

Msheaf Health Management ...

1. A method to measure bodily fluid parameters, blood flow parameters and physiological parameters, the method comprising:summing multiple signals of different frequencies, synchronously aligning them on complete cycles of all frequencies and turning them into a digital sequence;
converting the digital sequence into multiple alternating currents, and transmitting the multiple alternating currents within a same time period;
injecting said multiple alternating currents as injecting signals into a human or animal body through electrodes and forming an injection loop with external electrical parts to produce modulated multiple alternating currents;
overlapping a receiving loop partially with the injection loop to sample the modulated multiple alternating currents as sampled electrical signals;
segmenting the sampled electrical signals into the same time period as that of transmitted sequences;
synchronizing the sampled electrical signals with said transmitted sequences;
demodulating the sampled electrical signals, and subtracting said injecting signals to produce final signals;
processing the final signals to calculate the bodily fluid parameters, blood flow parameters and/or physiological parameters from the multiple signals of different frequencies.

US Pat. No. 10,966,667

METHOD FOR PREDICTING A DENTAL SITUATION

DENTAL MONITORING, Paris...

1. A method for predicting a future dental situation for a patient, called “current patient”, said prediction method including the following steps:1) acquisition of data, called “historical data”, relative to more than 1000 past dental situations, called “previous dental situations”, each experienced, at a time point called “previous time point”, by a patient called “previous patient”, all the historical data relative to a previous dental situation including at least:
said previous time point;
context parameter values at said previous time point, the context parameters including tooth positioning parameters of said previous patient;
2) acquisition at a time point, called “current time point”, of data relative to a dental situation experienced by said current patient, called “current dental situation”, all the data related to said current dental situation, called “current data”, including at least:
preferably, said current time point;
context parameter values at said current time point, the context parameters including tooth positioning parameters of said current patient;
3) statistical analysis of said historical data and said current data, so as to determine, for at least one future time point and for at least one future dental situation for the current patient,
if the current patient has a current orthodontic appliance, values, at said future time point, of parameters of said current orthodontic appliance; and/or
values of tooth positioning parameters of said current patient at said future time point; and/or
a difference from a dental situation constituting an objective at said future time point; and/or
a cost for said future dental situation to be achieved; and/or
a pain coefficient for said future dental situation to be achieved; and/or
a probability that the predictions relating to said parameters of said current orthodontic appliance and/or the tooth positioning parameters of said current patient, and/or said cost and/or said pain coefficient will comply with reality;
4) a probability that the predictions relating to said parameters of said current orthodontic appliance and/or the tooth positioning parameters of said current patient, and/or said cost and/or said pain coefficient will comply with reality depending on said future dental situation, evaluation of the benefit of an orthodontic treatment or, if the current patient has an orthodontic appliance, called “current orthodontic appliance”, reevaluation of the orthodontic treatment of said current patient and, depending on said reevaluation, possible modification of the orthodontic treatment of the current patient,method according to which at step 1) or 2), to acquire said historical data and/or said current data, respectively, the following steps are implemented:a) creating a three-dimensional digital reference model of at least one part of an arch of said previous patient and/or said current patient, respectively, or “initial reference model” and, preferably, for each tooth, defining, from the initial reference model, a three-dimensional digital reference model of said tooth, or “tooth model”;
b) acquiring at least one two-dimensional image of the arches of said previous patient and/or said current patient, respectively, called “updated image” under actual acquisition conditions;
c) analysing each updated image and creation, for each updated image, of an updated map relating to discriminant information;
e) searching, for each updated image, by deformation of the initial reference model, for an updated reference model corresponding to the positioning of the teeth during the acquisition of the updated image, the search being preferably carried out by means of a metaheuristic method, preferably an evolutionary method, preferably by simulated annealing, and
f) collecting data relative to the updated reference model and relative to the orthodontic appliance of said previous patient and/or said current patient, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,966,666

MACHINE LEARNT MODEL TO DETECT REM SLEEP PERIODS USING A SPECTRAL ANALYSIS OF HEART RATE AND MOTION

Verily Life Sciences LLC,...

1. A method for probabilistically determining an individual's sleep stage, the method comprising the following operations performed via one or more processors:receiving a signal indicative of a heartbeat of an individual;
dividing the signal into a set of equally-timed segments;
determining a beat interval associated with each segment, the beat interval reflecting an elapsed time between successive heartbeats;
sampling the set of beat intervals to generate an interval signal;
generating a spectrogram of the interval signal; and
determining a sleep stage for the individual by processing the spectrogram of the interval signal using a sleep stage classifier.

US Pat. No. 10,966,665

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CALCULATING BIOMETRIC INDEX USING BIOMETRIC INFORMATION

ONESOFTDIGM CO., LTD, Po...

1. An apparatus for calculating a biometric index by using biometric information, the apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory in which at least one command to be executed by the processor is stored,
wherein the at least one command is executed to; receive biometric information collected by a user terminal or a biometric information collecting device;
store index calculation formulae for calculating biometric indices and a daily physical index by using the biometric information, the received biometric information, calculated biometric indices, and a calculated daily physical index;
extract the stored biometric information and index calculation formulae;
calculate the biometric indices and the daily physical index by using the received biometric information and the preset index calculation formulae;
transmit the calculated biometric indices and the daily physical index to the user terminal via a wired or wireless network; and
provide user interface for the user terminal for counseling through the user terminal based on the transmitted biometric indices and the daily physical index,
wherein the biometric indices include a heart rate variability (HRV) index and at least one of a diet action index, an activity index, and a sleeping index and
the biometric indices are used to calculate the daily physical index,
wherein the HRV index is calculated based on scoring a frequency region divided into a low frequency region and a high frequency region,
wherein the HRV index is a value calculated according to an equation below;
HRV Index=100×(?LF Score+?HF Score)
wherein the

wherein
LF=ln(?0.040.15PSD df)
HF=ln(?0.180.4PSD df), and
wherein the PSD denotes a Power spectral density.

US Pat. No. 10,966,664

DYNAMICALLY CALIBRATED BLOOD PRESSURE REFERENCE VALUE ELECTRONIC SPHYGMOMANOMETER

1. An electronic sphygmomanometer comprising:a blood pressure data acquisition component,
a microprocessor (MCU), and
a display, wherein:
the electronic sphygmomanometer is configured with dynamically calibrated blood pressure reference values;
a real-time blood pressure reference value (BPreference) is dynamically calibrated by age, date and measurement time based on
BPreference=blood pressure reference standard value (BPstand)+blood pressure fluctuation value (?BP),
where ?BP includes age blood pressure fluctuation value (?BPage), date blood pressure fluctuation value (?BPdate), and time blood pressure fluctuation value (?BPtime), and the real-time blood pressure reference value is calculated based on
BPreference=BPstand+?BPage+?BPdate+?BPtime;
the MCU is configured to analyze a deviation between a real-time blood pressure and the real-time standard blood pressure reference value in order to describe an abnormality status of the real-time blood pressure;
b. the real-time blood pressure reference value (BPreference) is determined by the MCU through a search of a first database having blood pressure reference values in association with ages, a second database having blood pressure reference values in association with date, and a third data base having blood pressure reference values in association with measurement time based on:
BPreference=BPstand+?BP=
BPreference=BPstand+?BPage+?BPdate+?BPtime,
where ?BP=?BPage+?BPdate+?BPtime;
the display is configured to display:
the real-time blood pressure reference value,
the real-time blood pressure; and
an analysis of the real-time blood pressure including a warning of the abnormality status.

US Pat. No. 10,966,663

METHOD AND A SYSTEM FOR DETECTING A VITAL SIGN OF A SUBJECT

STICHTING IMEC NEDERLAND,...

1. A method for detecting a vital sign of a subject, wherein the vital sign comprises at least one of a heart rate or a respiratory rate of the subject, said method comprising:receiving a reflected radio frequency signal from the subject, the reflected radio frequency signal being based on a transmitted signal, which is Doppler-shifted due to mechanical movements corresponding to at least one of the heart rate or the respiratory rate to form the reflected radio frequency signal;
dividing a baseband signal based on the received reflected radio frequency signal and the transmitted signal into a sequence of sliding windows, wherein each sliding window represents a time interval of the baseband signal;
estimating a vital sign parameter based on the baseband signal in at least one sliding window of the sequence of sliding windows;
determining whether the vital sign parameter may be reliably estimated based on the baseband signal in the at least one sliding window of the sequence of sliding windows; and
on condition that the vital sign parameter may not be reliably estimated in the at least one sliding window, determining the vital sign parameter of the at least one sliding window based on vital sign parameters estimated in a plurality of sliding windows representing time intervals close to the time interval of the at least one sliding window for which the vital sign parameter is determined.

US Pat. No. 10,966,662

MOTION-DEPENDENT AVERAGING FOR PHYSIOLOGICAL METRIC ESTIMATING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Valencell, Inc., Raleigh...

1. A physiological signal processing system comprising:a photoplethysmograph (PPG) sensor that is configured to generate a physiological waveform;
an inertial sensor that is configured to generate a motion signal; and
physiological metric extractor circuitry that is configured to extract a physiological metric from the physiological waveform that is generated by the PPG sensor,
wherein the physiological metric extractor circuitry is further configured to extract the physiological metric using an averager having an impulse response defined by an averaging window size,
wherein the averaging window size is defined in a time domain and is responsive to a strength of the motion signal, and wherein the averaging window size is increased or decreased with increases or decreases in the strength of the motion signal, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,966,661

DATUM REBUILDING METHOD, AND WEARABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH A DATUM REBUILDING FUNCTION

Pix Art Imaging Inc., Hs...

1. A datum rebuilding method applied to a bio-sensor module equipped in a wearable electronic device, comprising:continuously receiving a plurality of physical signals;
analyzing an operational parameter of the bio-sensor module to identify if one specific physical signal meets a predefined condition, wherein an operational parameter of the bio-sensor module is varied during a service period of the wearable electronic device and analyzed to identify the specific physical signal, and the operational parameter is selected from a group consisting of a current, a voltage of the bio-sensor module, and a combination thereof; and
replacing the specific physical signal when the specific physical signal meets the predefined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,966,660

INTEGRATED SENSORS FOR MEDICAL DEVICES AND METHOD OF MAKING INTEGRATED SENSORS FOR MEDICAL DEVICES

1. A sensor for a medical device, the sensor comprising:a plurality of sensor segments, each one of said plurality of sensor segments comprising:
a layer of magnetically-permeable material;
a layer of electrically-conductive material disposed on the layer of magnetically-permeable material in a partially-annular shape; and
an electrical connection formation that extends transverse to the layers of magnetically-permeable material and electrically-conductive material, wherein the electrical connection formation is electrically coupled with the layer of electrically-conductive material;
wherein the plurality of sensor segments are electrically coupled with each other through an electrical coupling of the respective layer of electrically-conductive material of each sensor segment with the electrical connection formation of another sensor segment.

US Pat. No. 10,966,659

MULTIPLE SENSOR WEARABLE AND PORTABLE NON-INVASIVE RESPIRATION MONITORING INSTRUMENTATION

Xtrava, Inc., Santa Clar...

1. A method to monitor respiration using an unobtrusive badge-size apparatus comprising:an accelerometer sensor whose output data is used to calculate a periodic expansion and contraction of a body surface during respiration
when said apparatus is either in contact with the skin or on the outside of thin, tight clothing;
a capacitance sensor consisting of two series-connected capacitors, where a first conductor of each capacitor is located within said apparatus, and the body surface forms a second conductor of each capacitor and provides said series connection, where
said apparatus is attached to the outside of clothing whose separation from the body varies between zero and about 3 centimeters,
the periodic expansion and contraction of the body surface during respiration varies a capacitance of the capacitance sensor; and
an electrometer or other electric field sensing instrument that measures electric fields produced by electric charge gradients on the body surface that vary predictably during the respiration cycle,
where said electric fields extend greater than about 3 centimeters from the body surface,
thereby allowing said apparatus to be mounted on very loose clothing;
whereby said apparatus containing an array of complementary sensors monitors respiration rate and depth as a function of time, all while attached to any layer of clothing.

US Pat. No. 10,966,658

SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING INSIGHTFUL LIFESTYLE NOTIFICATIONS

Fitbit, Inc., San Franci...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:monitoring activity data and a state of mind of an individual associated with a wearable electronic device;
determining a correlation between the activity data and the state of mind of the individual;
determining to generate at least one user notification based at least in part on both the correlation and a determination that the activity data and the state of mind of the individual, as monitored, are within respective goal-related ranges over a predetermined period of time; and
generating the at least one user notification for presentation to the individual associated with the wearable electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,966,657

SENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A sensor system comprising:a first sensor configured to detect one or more environmental conditions of an environment in operational contact with a subject;
a second sensor configured to detect one or more physiological parameters of the subject in operational contact with an asset; and
a control unit comprising one or more processors communicatively coupled with the first sensor and the second sensor,
wherein the one or more processors are configured to receive a first signal from the first sensor indicative of the one or more environmental conditions,
wherein the one or more processors are configured to receive a second signal from the second sensor indicative of the one or more physiological parameters of the subject,
wherein at least one of the first or the second sensors are configured to change between an active mode and a stand-by mode, wherein in the active mode the at least one of the first or second sensors are configured to detect the one or more environmental conditions or the one or more physiological parameters, respectively, and in the stand-by mode, the at least one of the first or second sensors are not configured to detect the one or more environmental conditions or the one or more physiological parameters, respectively,
wherein the one or more processors are configured to determine a relation between the one or more environmental conditions from the first sensor and the one or more physiological parameters from the second sensor based on the first signal and the second signal, and
wherein the one or more processors are configured to determine a responsive action of the asset based on one or more of the first signal indicative of the one or more environmental conditions of the environment in operational contact with the subject or the second signal indicative of the one or more physiological parameters of the subject in operational contact with the asset.

US Pat. No. 10,966,656

ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVE FIBER STRUCTURE, ELECTRODE MEMBER, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVE FIBER STRUCTURE

Toray Industries, Inc., ...

1. An electric conductive fiber structure comprising:a fiber structure including single fibers; and
an electric conductive resin containing electric conductive polymer(s), the electric conductive resin being supported in a surface of the single fibers and being filled in gaps between the single fibers, the electric conductive fiber structure having 15% or more area ratio of the electric conductive resin present in an area of 15 to 30 ?m from a surface of the electric conductive fiber structure when a cross section in a thickness direction of the electric conductive fiber structure is observed, the electric conductive resin having a dispersion particle diameter of less than 200 nm and having an average particle diameter of 20 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,966,655

TISSUE HYDRATION MONITOR

HYROSTASIS, INC., San Di...

1. A tissue hydration monitor, comprising:a housing having a planar contact surface with a contact surface area configured to be secured substantially flat against an area of skin of a user's limb;
a sensor module disposed within the housing, the sensor module comprising:
a detector disposed within the contact surface area; and
four LEDs arranged within the contact surface area to at least partially encircle the detector, the four LEDs configured to sequentially emit pulses of light from the contact surface toward the area of skin, each of the four LED emitting at a different wavelength corresponding to one of a plurality of chromophores of interest;
wherein the detector is configured to sequentially detect light from each of the four LEDs that is transmitted and reflected through the area of skin over a period of time and to generate signals corresponding to an intensity of detected light at each different wavelength;
a processor/controller module configured for receiving signals from the sensor module, executing an algorithm for generating a baseline hydration level based on the received signals, calculating a relative hydration level at time points within the period of time, and generating an output indicative of relative hydration at the time points; and a power supply configured to provide power to the sensor module and the processor/controller module.

US Pat. No. 10,966,654

INTRA VAGINAL DEVICE TO AID IN TRAINING AND DETERMINING MUSCLE STRENGTH

Analytica Limited, Brisb...

1. An intra vaginal device to aid in determining muscle contraction, the device including:a body comprising:
an end portion,
a base spaced from the end portion in a direction along a longitudinal axis of the body, wherein the base is elongated in a direction transverse of the longitudinal axis, and
a longitudinally extending side wall extending between the end portion and the base, wherein the side wall comprises a first side wall portion and a second side wall portion,
wherein the body is configured to be inserted into a vagina of a patient with the end portion and side wall positioned within the vagina and the base outside of the vagina engaging a vaginal entrance of the vagina;
a motion detector positioned within the base of the body and configured to detect acceleration and angular movement of the body resulting from muscular contraction adjacent the vagina and to generate a signal indicative of the acceleration and angular movement;
a first sensor mounted on the first side wall portion and configured to provide a first signal indicative of pressure applied to the first sensor by puborectalis contractions of the patient, wherein the first sensor is elongated relative to the longitudinal axis of the body;
a second sensor mounted on the second side wall portion, wherein the second sensor is angularly positioned about the longitudinal axis from the first sensor by approximately 80° to 90°, wherein the second sensor is configured to provide a second signal indicative of pressure applied to the second sensor by pubococcygeus contractions of the patient, and wherein the second sensor is elongated relative to the longitudinal axis of the body; and
a circuit connected to the motion detector, the first sensor and the second sensor so as to receive the signals therefrom,
wherein the motion detector comprises:
an accelerometer configured to detect and provide a third signal to the circuit indicative of acceleration in three mutually perpendicular directions; and
a gyroscope configured to detect and provide a fourth signal to the circuit indicative of angular movement about three mutually perpendicular axes, and
wherein the first signal indicative of pressure applied to the first sensor, the second signal indicative of pressure applied to the second sensor, the third signal indicative of the acceleration detected by the motion detector, and the fourth signal indicative of the angular movement detected by the motion detector together provide an indication that the pressure applied to the first sensor and the pressure applied to the second sensor do not correlate to correct exercises associated with puborectalis contractions and pubococcygeus contractions.

US Pat. No. 10,966,653

ALLERGEN EXPOSURE SYSTEM COMPRISING A CHAMBER FOR MIXING AIR AND ALLERGENS, WHICH IS SEPARATED FROM THE EXPOSURE ROOM THAT ACCOMMODATES THE PATIENTS

ALYATEC, Strasbourg (FR)...

1. An allergen exposure system comprising:an allergen injection device comprising a capillary wave atomizer producing a nebulisate flow of allergen particles;
an air inlet duct;
an exposure room containing air containing allergen particles obtained by mixing a nebulisate flow of allergen particles from the allergen injection device and a flow of air devoid of allergens fed in through the air inlet duct, this exposure room being designed to accommodate patients inhaling the air containing allergen particles to cause an allergic provocation;
a mixing chamber, contained by walls, and separated by the walls from each of the air inlet duct, the allergen injection device, and the exposure room such that each of the air inlet duct, the allergen injection device, and the exposure room is on an opposite side of one of the walls with the mixing chamber, in which mixing chamber occurs a mixture between the flow of allergen particles and the flow of air devoid of allergens;
the mixing chamber comprises:
at least one allergen inlet, configured as a first opening in one of said walls, said first opening providing fluid communication between the mixing chamber and an outlet of the allergen injection device and through which the flow of allergen particles penetrates;
at least one air inlet, configured as a second opening in one of said walls, said second opening providing fluid communication between the mixing chamber and connected to the air inlet duct and through which the flow of air devoid of allergens penetrates;
at least one diffusion outlet, configured as a third opening in one of said walls, said third opening providing fluid communication between the mixing chamber and the exposure room and through which a flow of air containing allergen particles, obtained by mixing in the mixing chamber the flow of air devoid of allergens and the flow of allergen particles, escapes into toward the exposure room;
wherein a first area immediately upstream of the air inlet has a first dimension and a second area immediately downstream of the air inlet, in the mixing chamber, has a second dimension greater than the first dimension, causing an expansion of the flow of air devoid of allergens as the flow of air devoid of allergens enters the chamber, and wherein the allergen inlet is situated in the second area.

US Pat. No. 10,966,652

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR QUANTIFYING MOVEMENT DISORDER SYSTEMS

Great Lakes NeuroTechnolo...

1. A method for quantifying and treating symptoms of a subject having a movement disorder, comprising:measuring movement of a subject with a sensor to acquire movement data during a diagnostic task the subject is instructed to perform;
processing the movement data from the diagnostic task the subject is instructed to perform to extract at least one kinematic feature;
processing with a computer processor the at least one kinematic feature using a trained algorithm comprising a mathematical model adapted for processing kinematic features from movement data to determine a score for an independent component of a symptom of the movement disorder;
outputting the independent component score, or data related to the independent component score, for display and/or use by a clinician or the subject as a measure of assessment of the movement disorder, or to adjust treatment parameters or settings of a treatment device; and
adjusting the treatment parameters or settings of the treatment device and providing a treatment to the subject based at least in part on the outputted independent component score or data related to the independent component score,
wherein the algorithm is trained at least in part on reference data and the score is significantly correlated to amplitude, speed, or rhythm of the symptom of the movement disorder.

US Pat. No. 10,966,651

ANALYTICS AND PROCESSING OF BIOLOGICAL SIGNALS FROM SENSORS

JINS HOLDINGS Inc., Maeb...

1. An information processing method executed by a computer having a processor, wherein the processor executes:acquiring a plurality of biological signals respectively from a plurality of sensors on an eyewear;
sampling the plurality of biological signals at a predetermined sampling interval to obtain a plurality of signal values;
detecting at least one signal value as a peak part among the plurality of signal values;
providing identification information to each of the at least one signal value detected as the peak part respectively for each biological signal of the plurality of biological signals; and
after the identification information is respectively provided to at least two signal values obtained by sampling at a sampling timing of at least two biological signals of the plurality of biological signals, determining the identification information provided to the at least two signal values as being based on an identical event.

US Pat. No. 10,966,650

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING ATRIAL FIBRILLATION IN THE PRESENCE OF VENTRICULAR PACING

PACESETTER, INC., Sylmar...

12. A system for discriminating rhythm patterns in cardiac activity, the system comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory coupled to the at least one processor, wherein the memory stores program instructions, wherein the program instructions are executable by the at least one processor to:
obtain cardiac activity (CA) signal that includes far field CA signals for a series of beats, the CA signals including paced events;
identify the paced events in the CA signals;
determine a score based on the paced events; and
adjust at least one parameter of an atrial fibrillation (AF) detection process based on the score.

US Pat. No. 10,966,649

BIOELECTRODE SHEET

FUKUDA DENSHI CO., LTD., ...

1. A bioelectrode sheet to be affixed to a skin of a subject, the bioelectrode sheet comprising:a sheet-like base including first and second surfaces;
an electrode held by the base, at least a part of the electrode being disposed on a side of the first surface of the base;
a conductive gel layer that covers the at least part of the electrode disposed on the side of the first surface of the base and is exposed to the side of the first surface; and
an adhesive layer that is disposed in a position different from the conductive gel layer of the base and is exposed to the side of the first surface in a position different from the conductive gel layer, wherein
the adhesive layer includes medicament mixed in the adhesive layer, wherein:
the adhesive layer includes a first region where the medicament is mixed and a second region where the medicament is not mixed,
the second region is disposed between the conductive gel layer and the first region and surrounds an outer periphery surface of the conductive gel layer, and
the second region prevents the medicament from flowing into the conductive gel layer from the first region.

US Pat. No. 10,966,648

IDENTIFYING STRESS LEVELS ASSOCIATED WITH CONTEXT SWITCHES

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A system comprising:a CPU, a computer readable memory and a computer readable storage medium associated with a computing device;
program instructions to monitor a user's communication feeds;
program instructions to parse the user's communication feeds;
program instructions to determine the user's tasks based on parsing the user's communication feeds;
program instructions to determine the user's context switches based on determining the user's tasks;
program instructions to receive biometrics data associated with the user via an application programming interface (API);
program instructions to determine the user's stress levels at various times based on the biometrics data;
program instructions to store information linking the user's stress level with the user's context switches; program instructions to output the information linking the user's stress level with the user's context switches; and
program instructions to adjust a user's schedule to minimize the user's context switches which have a highest stress value,
wherein the program instructions are stored on the computer readable storage medium for execution by the CPU via the computer readable memory, and
the information linking the user's stress level with the user's context switches comprises a list of the user's context switches over a predetermined period of time, types of the user's context switches, the user's stress level at each context switch, and an aggregate stress level for the user during the predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,966,647

DROWSINESS DETECTION

Garmin Switzerland GmbH

1. A mobile electronic device operable to detect and display a mental state of a user, the mobile electronic device comprising:a heartrate sensor operable to provide a heartbeat signal indicative of a heartbeat of the user;
a processor operable to:
acquire a beat-to-beat interval based upon the heartbeat signal;
filter the detected beat-to-beat interval to determine a beat-to-beat interval curve;
perform a Fourier analysis on the beat-to-beat interval curve to determine a high-frequency power of the beat-to-beat interval curve and a low-frequency power of the beat-to-beat interval curve; and
determine a drowsiness level of the user based at least in part upon the beat-to-beat interval; and
a display operable to display an indication of the drowsiness level;
wherein the low-frequency power being under a low-frequency power threshold and upon the high-frequency power being above a high-frequency power threshold is indicative that the mental state of the user is drowsy; and
wherein the low-frequency power being above a low-frequency power threshold and upon the high frequency power being under a high-frequency power threshold is indicative that mental state of the user is stressed.

US Pat. No. 10,966,646

SIMPLIFIED BLOOD SAMPLING DEVICE AND METHOD

Phlebotics, Inc., West L...

1. A method of collecting a fluid sample from a test subject with an automated fluid sampling device, the method comprising:connecting the test subject to the automated fluid sampling device, the fluid sampling device including:
a pump being moveable in a first direction to draw fluid into the pump and a second direction to expel fluid from the pump;
a reservoir in fluid communication with the pump, the reservoir having a first opening and a second opening;
a first conduit fluidly connecting the reservoir to a first fluid fitting configured to fluidly connect the reservoir to tubing having a distal end inserted into the test subject;
a second conduit fluidly connecting the reservoir to a second fluid fitting configured to connect the reservoir to a sample collection component;
a third conduit fluidly connecting the reservoir to a third fluid fitting configured to connect the reservoir to a sterile fluid supply; and
a single input component defined by a single button configured to activate a predetermined routine on the automated fluid sampling device when the single button is activated to reduce operation errors of a user of the automated fluid sampling device;
wherein the pump is configured to move in the first direction and second direction in response to movement of a portion of the fluid sampling device and the conduits are configured such that a first valve of the fluid sampling device controls fluid flow in the first conduit, a second valve of the fluid sampling device controls fluid flow in the second conduit, and a third valve of the fluid sampling device controls fluid flow in the third conduit, each valve having an open state and a closed state; and wherein the fluid sampling device includes a controller for controlling the pump and valve;
wherein the pump, the reservoir, the first fluid conduit, the second fluid conduit, and the third fluid conduit are secured to a frame by support components formed as part of the frame and configured to be removably attached to the first valve, the second valve, and the third valve of the fluid sampling device;
activating the predetermined routine on the automated fluid sampling device by activating the single button on the automated fluid sampling device, said predetermined routine including the steps of:
opening the first valve, and moving the pump in the first direction to draw sample fluid through the first conduit and into the reservoir; thereby forming a sample fluid/sterile fluid interface;
opening the second valve, and moving the pump in the second direction to force a sample fluid from the reservoir through the second conduit to the sample collection component, the sample collection component collecting a predetermined amount of fluid;
re-opening the first valve, and moving the pump in the second direction to force the sterile fluid out of the first fluid fitting, thereby flushing the first conduit;
re-opening the second valve, and moving the pump in the second direction to force the sterile fluid out of the second fluid fitting, thereby flushing the second conduit and the sample collection component, and
opening the third valve, and moving the pump in the first direction to draw the sterile fluid through the third fluid fitting and into the pump through the first opening of the third conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,966,645

DEVICE FOR TAKING A LIQUID SAMPLE BY CAPILLARITY AND ASSOCIATED ANALYSIS METHOD

1. A device for taking a sample of liquid by capillarity, comprising:a channel for flow of the sample of liquid delimited by two internal walls of the device between which a channel bottom extends, a distance separating the two internal walls decreasing in a first direction of the channel bottom,
the channel extending in a rectilinear direction between a first end, open onto outside of the device and configured to receive the sample of liquid, and a second end, to enable the sample of liquid to flow by capillarity along the channel bottom from the first end towards the second end,
the channel comprising, at the second end, a first blocking means configured to block a flow of liquid in the channel from the first end towards the second end, and
the channel comprising, on a top side of the channel below a channel upper surface of the channel, a second blocking means configured to block a flow of liquid in the channel in a second direction from the channel bottom to the upper surface of the channel and,
wherein:
the second blocking means comprises at least one first blocking ridge extending in the rectilinear direction, formed on each of the two internal walls, the at least one first blocking ridge being disposed at a same height on each of the two internal walls above the channel bottom, and forms a step in each of the two internal walls in a direction from the top side of the channel to the channel bottom, and
the channel has a first width below the second blocking means and a second width above the second blocking means, a minimum value of the second width being greater than a maximum value of the first width.

US Pat. No. 10,966,644

DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ON-SKIN OR ON-BODY MOUNTING OF MEDICAL DEVICES

ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC....

1. An assembly comprising:a glucose sensor, a portion of which is positionable within a body of a host; and
a mounting structure adapted to hold an on-body medical device in position relative to the skin surface of the host, the mounting structure comprising a support body, a conductive portion configured to electrically contact a corresponding conductive portion of the glucose sensor, one or more moisture barriers configured to encompass an area proximate to the corresponding conductive portion of the glucose sensor, and an adhesive patch configured to affix the support body to the skin surface of the host,
wherein the support body comprises a first portion, a second portion, and a frangible area between the first portion and the second portion,
wherein a height of the frangible area is less than a height of the first portion, and further wherein the height of the frangible area is less than a height of the second portion;
wherein the support body further comprises at least one opening configured to mate with at least one corresponding tab of the on-body medical device to secure the on-body medical device to the support body;
wherein the first portion is configured to hold a first portion of the on-body medical device;
wherein the second portion of the support body is displaceable relative to the first portion of the support body, and
wherein displacement of the second portion causes the frangible area to break.

US Pat. No. 10,966,643

WEARABLE NON-INVASIVE CARBON MONOXIDE INHALATION TRACKING

Fitbit, Inc., San Franci...

1. A wearable monitoring device, comprising:an attachment mechanism;
a base coupled to the attachment mechanism;
a plurality of light sources coupled to the base, each of the plurality of light sources configured to emit light at one or more respective wavelengths within a range including at least a carboxyhemoglobin absorption spectrum and an oxyhemoglobin absorption spectrum;
a plurality of photodetectors coupled to the base to detect at least a portion of the light at the one or more respective wavelengths that is passed through or reflected by a subject, wherein the light detected by the plurality of photodetectors has traveled varying distances from the plurality of light sources;
at least one of an accelerometer, an air detector, a pulsometer, or an electro-dermal sensor generating at least one secondary signal;
biometric circuitry embedded within the wearable monitoring device and coupled to the plurality of photodetectors to receive one or more respective signals from the plurality of photodetectors and process the one or more respective signals to determine an intensity of wavelengths present in the light detected by the plurality of photodetectors, determine a measure of carboxyhemoglobin associated with the subject based at least in part on the intensity of the wavelengths, and analyze the measure of carboxyhemoglobin in view of the at least one secondary signal; and
a communications system coupled to the biometric circuitry and configured to determine content for a notification to provide to a remote device, based at least in part on the measure of carboxyhemoglobin and the at least one secondary signal, and provide the notification to the remote device.

US Pat. No. 10,966,642

PHOTOPLETHYSMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A photoplethysmography apparatus, hereinafter PPG apparatus, comprising:at least one source of light arranged and configured to provide source light of at least a first and a second spectral position to be directed at a tissue;
at least one light detector arranged and configured to detect scattered source light, which has been scattered by the tissue, and to provide at least a first sensor signal indicative of the scattered source light of the first spectral position and a second sensor signal indicative of the scattered source light of the second spectral position; and
a processing unit configured to:
receive the at least first and second sensor signal of a given time of measuring; (tm),
calculate a tissue-path error signal component, wherein the tissue-path error signal component is indicative of a variation in optical path length through the tissue caused by transmitted or back-scattered light originating from the skin of the tissue or from a tissue portion that surrounds the blood, and a light-coupling error signal component, wherein the light-coupling error signal component is indicative over time of a variation of a coupling between the source light emitted at the tissue and the tissue;
and
calculate a corrected sensor signal of the given time of measuring (tm), the corrected sensor signal over time being indicative of a variation in blood absorbance within the tissue,
by using the at least first and second sensor signals of only the given time of measuring,
by removing the tissue-path error signal component and the light-coupling error signal component from the at least first and second sensor signals of the given time of measuring, and
determine and provide a corrected AC signal component of the corrected sensor signal of the given time of measuring,
wherein the processing unit is further configured to determine the corrected sensor signal by:
determining a transmission measure for each spectral position from the at least first and second sensor signal and from a source light intensity measure;
calculating the corrected sensor signal (160) as a function of time t, using the following analytic relation based on the Beer-Lambert law,

wherein
T(t,?) is the transmission measure for each spectral position ?,
c(t) is the light-coupling error, which is indicative of a variation of source light intensity of the source light,
?T(?) is the effective tissue attenuation parameter,
?B (?) the blood attenuation parameter,
zT(t) is an effective optical tissue path length of the detected scattered source light,
zB(t) is a time-dependent optical path length through the blood and thus the wanted corrected sensor signal, which is indicative of a variation in blood absorbance over time,
and using a logarithm of the transmission measure for each spectral position, a prestored value of the blood attenuation parameter for each spectral position, a prestored effective tissue attenuation parameter for each spectral position.

US Pat. No. 10,966,641

MICRODIALYSIS DEVICE COMPRISING ATTACHMENT SHEET

SENZIME AB (PUBL.), Upps...

1. An elongated microdialysis device (1) comprising a distal part (2) and a proximal part (3), said proximal part (3) comprising an inlet (4) and an outlet (5), said inlet (4) and outlet (5) adapted to allow a fluid to flow through said microdialysis device (1) from said inlet (4) through said proximal part (3) via said distal part (2) and back to said outlet (5), along substantially an entire length of said microdialysis device (1),wherein said distal part (2) of said microdialysis device (1) is configured for temporary attachment and/or placement on a surface of a human or animal organ, and said distal part (2) comprises a probe (2) for sampling substances present on said surface of said organ and indicating a condition of said organ, said probe comprising
an inlet channel (10) adapted to receive fluid originating from said inlet (4),
an outlet channel (11) adapted to receive fluid originating from said inlet channel (10),
wherein said probe (2) has a first side that comprises a semi-permeable material (13, 23) that allows passage of analytes from the outside of said probe into said fluid within said microdialysis device (1), and
said device further comprises a substantially fluid-tight attachment sheet (14) that directly attaches to the probe at a side that is opposite to the first side, wherein the attachment sheet blocks access to said semi-permeable material by surrounding fluids and/or tissue when the probe is attached to a surface by the attachment sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,966,640

HEARING ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

dB Diagnostic Systems, In...

1. A system for use with a tympanometer to enable a healthcare provider to administer a portable interactive patient hearing assessment to a patient, the system comprising:a hearing test device to administer a hearing test, the hearing test being configured to transmit a plurality of pure tone frequencies to the patient;
a processor configured to
(i) receive and process one or more signals that indicate the patient's response to the plurality of pure tone frequencies to determine hearing results,
(ii) receive and process a pressure test result associated with each ear from the tympanometer,
(iii) in response to the determined hearing results indicating no hearing loss, provide a report of no hearing loss to the healthcare provider and/or to the patient,
(iv) in response to the determined hearing results indicating a bilateral symmetrical hearing loss, the pressure test result associated with each ear from the tympanometer being normal, and an input by the healthcare provider indicating that a physical exam of the ears indicates that the ears are normal, provide a report comprising a referral to an audiologist, and
(v) in response to the determined hearing results indicating a bilateral symmetrical hearing loss and the pressure test result associated with each ear from the tympanometer being not normal, providing a report comprising a referral to an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) physician; and
a simulator configured to demonstrate effects of any hearing loss to a person accompanying the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,966,639

RESPIRATORY EFFORT BELT

Dymedix Diagnostics, Inc....

1. A respiratory effort belt comprising:(a) an elastic band of a length sufficient to encircle a person's torso;
(b) a transducer comprising a strip of PVDF film having a layer of metallization on opposed major surfaces of the strip;
(c) first and second electrical leads individually connected to the layers of metallization; and
(d) an inelastic cover layer adhesively bonded to the transducer and having a greater area than that of the PVDF film, the cover layer being adhesively bonded onto the elastic band whereby an electrical output on said leads results primarily from rubbing contact between the elastic band and the PVDF film as the elastic band is stretched and contracts and not from tensile stress acting on the PVDF film.

US Pat. No. 10,966,638

MINIATURIZED ELECTRONIC UNIT FOR INTEGRATION IN ANY SOLE

ZHOR TECH, Nancy (FR)

1. A system of analyzing and quantifying a user's posture and gait, said system including two electronic boxes configured to be integrated into a pair of soles, a first box being configured to be integrated into a first sole and a second box being configured to be integrated into a second sole, each said box comprising:an inertial platform configured to generate a set of data on the posture, activity or gait of a user of the pair of soles;
a data processing module configured to pre-process the collected data set according to predefined algorithms and generate information on the posture, activity or gait of a user of the pair of soles;
a data storage module configured to store the information generated by the processing module;
a means of communication configured so that the electronic box of at least one of the soles is configured to transmit the information generated on the user to an external terminal and/or to the other box of the other sole; and
a power source;wherein the boxes are configured such that the raw data generated by the inertial platform of the first box undergoes a first processing step by the data processing module of the first box, and then the processed data is transferred to the second box where it is further processed by the data processing module of the second box.

US Pat. No. 10,966,637

WORKPLACE ANALYSIS SYSTEM

AERIS GMBH, Haar bei Mun...

1. A workplace analysis system in a work area for the acquisition and analysis of the presence and/or of characteristic values of a person (P) to be monitored in several differently defined zones (A, B, C) of the work area and of at least a temporal duration of stay (tA, tB, tC) of the person (P) to be monitored within the zones (A, B, C), wherein, in the workplace analysis system, at least one acquisition device is provided, which is designed to detect and to acquire the presence and duration of stay (tA, tB, tC) of the person (P) to be monitored in the zones (A, B, C), and an analysis device is provided, which is designed to analyze and evaluate the presence and the duration of stay (tA, tB, tC) of the person (P) to be monitored in the zones (A, B, C),wherein the acquisition device comprises at least one sensor, and
wherein, in each case, the at least one sensor is provided for the detection and acquisition of the person (P) to be monitored or for the acquisition of characteristic values of the person (P) to be monitored at least in zone (A) and/or zone (B), and
wherein, in each case, the detection and acquisition of the person (P) to be monitored in zone (C) is provided, in each case, by the at least one sensor of zone (A) and/or zone (B), and
wherein the sensor is an ultrasound echo sensor or an infrared array sensor, and
wherein the analysis device is designed to store data acquired by the acquisition unit, to classify the acquired data depending on the zones (A, B, C) in which it was acquired, to process, evaluate and/or extrapolate the acquired data and, to compare the acquired data with stored target values, and
wherein the analysis device is designed to classify, depending on the zones (A, B, C), whether the person (P) to be monitored is sitting, standing, absent or moving.

US Pat. No. 10,966,636

DETERMINATION OF THE COORDINATE TRANSFORMATION BETWEEN AN OPTICAL MOTION TRACKING SYSTEM AND A MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SCANNER

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method of cross-calibrating magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) coordinates with coordinates of an optical tracking system in an MRI system, the method comprising:a) providing a calibration tool, wherein the calibration tool includes optical features recognizable by the optical tracking system, wherein the calibration tool includes wireless active MRI markers recognizable by the MRI system, wherein the optical features and the wireless active MRI markers have fixed relative positions on the calibration tool;
b) performing an initial calibration by measuring MRI and optical coordinates of the calibration tool while a first camera of the optical tracking system is disposed at a reference location, wherein the first camera is attached to a head coil of the MRI system;
wherein the initial calibration comprises taking MRI and optical data for one or more distinct poses of the calibration tool and determining an initial cross-calibration coordinate transformation relating MRI coordinates to optical coordinates;
c) before or during imaging of an MRI subject, i) determining a position of the first camera relative to the reference location, ii) determining a corrected calibration using the camera position and the initial cross-calibration coordinate transformation by updating a homogenous transformation matrix of the initial cross-calibration with a position change of the first camera, and
iii) using the corrected calibration to relate MRI coordinates to optical coordinates for the subject being imaged;
wherein the initial cross-calibration can be represented by the homogenous transformation matrix
wherein R is a 3 by 3 rotation matrix of the initial cross-calibration, wherein v is a 3 by 1 translation vector of the initial cross-calibration, and wherein the homogenous transformation matrix of the corrected calibration is given by,wherein v1 is a 3 by 1 translation vector relating to the position change of the first camera.

US Pat. No. 10,966,635

INSOLES FOR INSERTION INTO AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING A FOOT PRESSURE

FEETME, Versailles (FR)

1. An insole for insertion into an article of footwear, said insole being substantially planar and extending in an horizontal plane perpendicular to a thickness direction,the insole comprising a measurement portion extending in the horizontal plane,
the measurement portion comprising at least:
a flexible upper sheet and a flexible lower sheet facing one another in the thickness direction;
a flexible insulating dielectric sheet arranged between the upper sheet and the lower sheet;
a plurality of capacitive force sensors in the measurement portion of the insole, each capacitive force sensor comprising at least an upper electrode on the upper sheet and a lower electrode on the lower sheet, the lower electrode facing the upper electrode in the thickness direction and being separated from the lower electrode at least by the flexible insulating dielectric sheet;
a network of upper conductive leads on the upper sheet, electrically connected to the upper electrodes of the plurality of capacitive force sensors, and a network of lower conductive leads on the lower sheet, electrically connected to the lower electrodes of the plurality of capacitive force sensors;
wherein the insole further comprises a chip portion extending in the horizontal plane, the chip portion comprising at least:
a chip support member being substantially planar and extending in the horizontal plane of the insole between an upper face and a lower face, said chip support member being separated from the dielectric sheet, and
control and transmit electronics, mounted in the chip portion of the insole, and comprising at least a control electronic electrically connected to the plurality of capacitive force sensors and a wireless transceiver able to communicate with a remote server,
wherein the upper sheet comprises an upper contacting tab extending from the measuring portion of the insole into the chip portion of the insole and being in surface contact with at least a portion of the chip support member, said upper contacting tab comprising at least one conductive lead connected to at least one upper electrode of a capacitive force sensor via the network of upper conductive leads, and
the lower sheet comprises a lower contacting tab extending from the measuring portion of the insole into the chip portion of the insole and being in surface contact with at least a portion of the chip support member, said lower contacting tab comprising at least one conductive lead connected to at least one lower electrode of a capacitive force sensor via the network of lower conductive leads.

US Pat. No. 10,966,634

ASSAY WITH TEXTURED SURFACE

ESSENLIX CORPORATION, Mo...

1. A sample handling device for enhancing optical signal (Q-card), comprising:a first plate, a second plate, spacers, and textured surface, wherein:
i. the plates are movable relative to each other into different configurations;
ii. one or both plates are flexible;
iii. the second plate has, on its inner surface, textured structures for scattering the light illuminated on the surface;
iv. the textured surface is a bumpy, wavy roughly surface;
v. the textured surface is periodic or aperiodic;
vi. the textured surface's average roughness range is 2 um-5 um;
vii. the spacers are fixed to the inner surface of the first plate and have a predetermined uniform height; and
viii. the preferred height of spacers is larger than the average roughness of the textured surface and smaller than 100 um;
wherein one of the configurations is an open configuration, in which: the two plates are partially or entirely separated apart, the spacing between the two plates is not regulated by the spacers, and the sample is deposited on one or both of the plates;
wherein one of the configurations is a closed configuration, which is configured after the sample deposition in the open configuration, and in the closed configuration: at least part of the deposited sample is compressed by the two plates into a continuous layer; and
wherein the sample is in liquid form.

US Pat. No. 10,966,633

WRIST WORN MOBILE ALCOHOL AND OFFENDER MONITORING SYSTEM

3M ELECTRONICS MONITORING...

1. A body-worn alcohol detection device comprising:a housing comprising an electronics module and an alcohol detection module;
a strap for securing the housing to a limb of a user;
wherein the electronics module includes a processor, a communication module and a biometric camera for capturing an image of the inside of the user's mouth;
wherein the alcohol detection module includes an alcohol detection sensor and a sample collection device; and
wherein the alcohol detection device further comprises a reflective tube to ensure a continuous connection between the user's mouth and the alcohol detection device;
wherein the reflective tube includes several layers including an exterior layer, a film layer and an interior layer enclosing a hollow channel;
wherein the film layer comprises multiple fiber optic light guide pipes running parallel to a length of the reflective tube and arranged in a circular array around the hollow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,966,632

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE HEALTH OF A SUBJECT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method of determining the health of a subject using a handheld device, the method comprising:receiving, at a breathing tube of the handheld device, air exhaled through a mouth or nose of the subject over time during exhalation;
determining, using a sensor integral with the handheld device, an absolute humidity of air exhaled by the subject over time during exhalation;
determining, using a controller integral with or in communication with the handheld device, a time tISB at which the absolute humidity reaches a maximum level;
analysing the determined absolute humidity of air exhaled by the subject prior to the time tISB to determine a characteristic of air in the respiratory system of the subject above the isothermic saturation boundary (ISB); and
estimating, using the determined characteristic of the air that was in the respiratory system of the subject above the ISB, a hydration level of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,966,631

BREATH SAMPLING DEVICES AND METHODS OF BREATH SAMPLING USING SENSORS

Sensirion AG, Staefa Zh ...

1. A breath sampling device comprising:a housing having a fluid inlet positioned at a fluid inlet end, a fluid outlet positioned at a fluid outlet end, and a fluid channel extending between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet;
a sensor fluidly coupled to the fluid channel, wherein the sensor is structurally configured to detect a presence of a target gas in a gas sample; and
a filter assembly fluidly coupled to the fluid channel and positioned between the fluid inlet and the sensor, wherein the filter assembly is structurally configured to reduce the heat of the gas sample and reduce the humidity of the gas sample and the filter assembly comprises a heat dissipation shield comprising a thermally conductive metal having an array of holes, wherein the heat dissipation shield is fluidly coupled to the fluid channel such that a portion of the gas sample introduced into the fluid channel passes through the array of holes and wherein the heat dissipation shield is positioned relative to the sensor such that the gas sample comprises a higher temperature when the gas sample contacts the filter assembly than when the gas sample contacts the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,966,630

INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR INTRAVASCULAR PLACEMENT OF A CATHETER

C. R. Bard, Inc., Frankl...

1. A catheter placement system for positioning a catheter in a vasculature of a patient, comprising:a console, including a display;
a stylet removably positionable within a lumen of the catheter, the stylet including:
an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor assembly for detecting ECG signals of a node of a heart of the patient; and
a first connector in communication with the ECG sensor assembly;
a tip location sensor configured to detect the stylet when the catheter is disposed within the vasculature of the patient, and to communicate information from the ECG sensor assembly of the stylet to the console; and
an external electrode configured to be placed on an external portion of the patient, the external electrode configured to communicate with the tip location sensor,
wherein the console is configured to:
receive ECG signal data detected by the ECG sensor assembly and the external electrode,
process the ECG signal data, and
display information indicative of proximity of the ECG sensor assembly to the node of the heart.

US Pat. No. 10,966,629

VIRTUALLY-ORIENTED ELECTROMAGNETIC TRACKING COIL FOR CATHETER BASED NAVIGATION

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A medical device for tracking a medical instrument comprising:a channel for receiving and transporting the medical instrument through the medical device, the channel extending to a distal portion of the medical device and connecting with an opening in the medical device that is not aligned with a central axis of the medical device and that is aligned with a tool insertion axis; and
a tracking component comprising a plurality of coordinated electromagnetic sensors, said plurality of coordinated electromagnetic sensors generating a virtual axis of travel for the medical instrument, wherein the virtual axis passes through the opening of the medical device and the virtual axis is aligned with the tool insertion axis, wherein the virtual axis corresponds to a vector-sum of individual sensitivities of the plurality of coordinated electromagnetic sensors,
wherein the plurality of coordinated electromagnetic sensors comprises a first coil and a second coil of an electromagnetic material, the first coil being in concentric arrangement with the central axis of the medical device, the second coil being in orthogonal arrangement to the first coil,
wherein the medical instrument is tracked by applying an alternating current to the first and second coils to generate a time-varying magnetic field extending along and aligned with the tool insertion axis, whereby an electromotive force is induced in a pickup coil arranged on the medical instrument by the time-varying magnetic field enabling the tracking of the medical instrument along the generated virtual axis.

US Pat. No. 10,966,628

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus configured to generate ultrasound image data of a subject through an ultrasound probe, the ultrasound diagnosis apparatus comprising processing circuitry configured to:specify a characteristic site, which is included in a scanning range related to the ultrasound image data and has specific acoustic characteristics, based on three-dimensional image data of the subject generated in advance;
obtain a weighting coefficient based on an attenuation rate of the characteristic site;
obtain a delay time based on the acoustic characteristics of the characteristic site;
change reception conditions of ultrasound waves by multiplying each of reception signals, which has been delayed by the delay time, by the weighting coefficient with respect to each channel, and adding up the reception signals to obtain a reception signal that has been subjected to reception beam forming; and
generate the ultrasound image data based on the reception signal that has been subjected to reception beam forming under changed reception conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,966,627

TIME DEPENDENT EVALUATION OF SENSOR DATA TO DETERMINE STABILITY, CREEP, AND VISCOELASTIC ELEMENTS OF MEASURES

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A powered surgical cutting and stapling instrument comprising:a motor;
at least one sensor to measure at least one parameter associated with the instrument;
at least one processor; and
a memory operatively associated with the at least one processor, the memory including machine executable instructions that when executed by the at least one processor cause the at least one processor to:
monitor the at least one sensor over a predetermined time period;
determine a rate of change of the measured parameter;
operate the motor in a first operating mode when the measured parameter is below a predetermined threshold, wherein the at least one processor controls a drive current that is supplied to the motor in the first operating mode; and
operate the motor in a second operating mode when the measured parameter is above the predetermined threshold, wherein the at least one processor increases the drive current that is supplied to the motor in the second operating mode based on the rate of change of the measured parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,966,626

ELECTRODE ARRAY FOR PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING AND DEVICE INCLUDING OR UTILIZING SAME

Medasense Biometrics Ltd....

10. A medical device comprising a finger probe, the finger probe comprising:at least one sensor selected from the group consisting of a PPG sensor, an accelerometer, a temperature sensor, a diffused correlation spectroscopy (DCS) sensor, an acoustics sensor, a bio-impedance sensor, a piezoelectric sensor and any combination thereof;
a scaffold configured for attachment along a length of a subject's finger, the scaffold comprising:
a GSR array comprising an active electrode configured to provide an electrical signal to at least two measurement electrodes,
wherein the active electrode is an electrode configured to continuously receive an applied electrical signal, and
at least two measurement electrodes, each measurement electrode configured to simultaneously collect the electrical signal transferred from the active electrode along the subject's skin,
wherein each of the at least two measurement electrodes is configured to produce a signal indicative of the strength of the electrical signal collected, and
wherein the strength of the electrical signal collected by each of the at least two measurement electrodes depends on the conductivity of the subject's skin and the distance between each of the at least two measurement electrodes and the active electrode; and
a connection point configured to attach the scaffold to the finger probe;
wherein the connection point is configured to enable transmittal of an electrical signal to the active electrode of the GSR electrode array and to transmit the electrical signal received from each of the at least two measurement electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,966,625

SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS USING PHASE-AMPLITUDE COUPLING MEASURES IN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICES

NeuroPace, Inc., Mountai...

1. An implantable medical device comprising:at least one sensor configured to be implanted in or on a brain, and to sense electrical activity of the brain;
a data analyzer coupled to the at least one sensor and configured to:
monitor an electrographic signal corresponding to the electrical activity of the brain sensed by the at least one sensor;
for a selected portion of the electrographic signal, detect features of the electrographic signal that represent oscillations in a low frequency range, and features of the electrographic signal that represent oscillations in a higher frequency range; and
determine a measure of phase-amplitude coupling between oscillations in the low frequency range and oscillations in the higher frequency range based on occurrences of oscillations in the higher frequency range which coincide with one or more phases of oscillations in the low frequency range; and
a therapy subsystem coupled to the data analyzer, and configured to:
receive the measure of phase-amplitude coupling from the data analyzer;
process the measure of phase-amplitude coupling against a criterion; and
initiate an action by the implantable medical device when the measure of phase-amplitude coupling satisfies the criterion,
wherein the data analyzer determines a measure of phase-amplitude coupling by being further configured to:
for each detected feature in the low frequency range, assign a phase range to each of a plurality of portions of the detected feature;
for each portion of the detected feature, determine an individual metric based on a count of detected features in the higher frequency range that coincide with the portion;
for each assigned phase range, determine an aggregate metric based on the individual metrics determined for each portion of the detected feature having the phase range assigned thereto; and
determine the measure of phase-amplitude coupling based on a plurality of determined aggregate metrics.

US Pat. No. 10,966,624

MICROELECTRODE ARRAY FOR AN ELECTROCORTICOGRAM

1. A method for obtaining brain wave data using a microelectrode array having a multiplicity of electrodes configured to electrically measure brain waves and an optical stimulation unit configured to stimulate brain regions with optical signals, wherein the optical stimulation unit and the multiplicity of electrodes are integrated onto a common substrate, the stimulation unit having at least one electrical light source arranged according to a fixed, predefined scheme relative to the electrodes and distributed over the areal extent of the substrate, the method comprising:stimulating, via optical signals produced by the at least one electrical light source, neurons of the brain;
recording, via the electrodes, a response of the neurons to the stimulation;
unambiguously assigning, in a one-to-one manner, the recorded response to individual optical stimulation signals provided by the at least one electrical light source; and
determining an unambiguous correlation between the optical stimulation signals and resulting brain waves measured by the electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,966,623

CATHETER HAVING CLOSED LOOP ARRAY WITH IN-PLANE LINEAR ELECTRODE PORTION

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...

1. A method of mapping electrical signals in a subject, comprising:introducing a catheter to a tissue location in the subject, the catheter comprising
an elongated catheter body having a distal end, and
a distal electrode array mounted on the distal end of the catheter body, the distal electrode array comprising a plurality of offset spine loops, each spine loop having a pair of electrode-carrying portions that lie in a single common plane;
placing a side of the distal electrode array against a tissue surface such that the electrode-carrying portions contact the tissue surface; and
dragging the side across the tissue surface.

US Pat. No. 10,966,622

PRINTED ECG ELECTRODE AND METHOD

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method of fabricating a dry electrode, the method comprising:printing conductive ink onto a non-conductive flexible polymer substrate to form a conductive layer having an upper surface;
forming a layer of electrically conductive composite material on the conductive layer by coating at least a substantial majority of the upper surface of the conductive layer with an electrically conductive composite material comprising carbon nanoparticles and a polymer material to form a dry electrode having sufficient flexibility to conform to skin of a patient when the layer of electrically conductive composite material is brought into contact with skin of a patient.

US Pat. No. 10,966,621

FLEXIBLE NEURAL PROBES

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of forming a flexible active electrode array, the method comprising:depositing a flexible polymer on a substrate;
forming a plurality of sensors on the flexible polymer, the plurality of sensors configured into one or more arrays;
attaching a silicon-based chip to an end of a first array of the one or more arrays;
coating the first array and the silicon-based chip in a bioabsorbable material; and
cutting the first array, the silicon-based chip, and a portion of the bioabsorbable material from the substrate to define a flexible shank.

US Pat. No. 10,966,620

DEVICE FOR INTERACTING WITH NEUROLOGICAL TISSUE AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

Aleva Neurotherapeutics S...

1. An implantable microelectrode device, comprising:an elongated shaft having an outer wall and a distal end, the outer wall of the elongated shaft defining an internal lumen, the outer wall of the elongated shaft defining a plurality of windows toward the distal end;
an end cap coupled with the distal end of the elongated shaft, the end cap defining a central channel, the end cap having a frustum end, the frustum end defining a projection into the internal lumen of the elongated shaft;
a protective tube coupled with an outer surface of the elongated shaft and covering a portion of each of the plurality of windows; and
a probe assembly to slide through the internal lumen of the elongated shaft, the probe assembly comprising:
a central pin configured for deployment via the central channel;
a plurality of flexible pins, each of the plurality of flexible pins configured for deployment through a corresponding window of the plurality of windows via sliding through the internal lumen, the deployment of each of the plurality of flexible pins through the corresponding window at an exit angle defined at least in part by the projection of the frustum end of the end cap into the internal lumen and a placement of a distal end of the protective tube over the corresponding window, the deployment of each of the plurality of flexible pins through the corresponding window independent of the deployment of the central pin via the central channel; and
microelectromechanical system (MEMS) components having a first MEMS component disposed on the central pin and a second MEMS component disposed on one or more of the plurality of flexible pins.

US Pat. No. 10,966,619

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTIMATING ISCHEMIA AND BLOOD FLOW CHARACTERISTICS FROM VESSEL GEOMETRY AND PHYSIOLOGY

HeartFlow, Inc., Redwood...

1. A method for determining individual-specific blood flow characteristics, the method comprising:acquiring, for each of a plurality of individuals, individual-specific anatomic data and blood flow characteristics of at least part of the individual's vascular system;
training a machine learning algorithm using the individual-specific anatomic data and blood flow characteristics for each of the plurality of individuals, wherein the training of the machine learning algorithm generates learned associations between the individual-specific anatomic data and the blood flow characteristics by relating features identified from images of each individual's individual-specific anatomic data to the blood flow characteristics;
acquiring, for an individual, individual-specific anatomic data of at least part of the individual's vascular system, wherein the individual-specific anatomic data includes data corresponding to a lesion of interest;
detecting image regions corresponding to the lesion of interest and a coronary artery tree of the patient; and
for at least one point in the individual's individual-specific anatomic data, executing the trained machine learning algorithm to determine a value of the blood flow characteristic associated with the lesion of interest of the individual, using relations from the step of relating individual-specific anatomic data to functional estimates of blood flow characteristics.

US Pat. No. 10,966,618

LIFESAVING ASSISTING APPARATUS

NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION,...

1. A lifesaving assisting apparatus comprising:an optical emitter configured to emit light to be irradiated on a body of a patient;
an optical receiver configured to output a signal corresponding to an intensity of light which has been transmitted through or reflected from the body of the patient; and
a processor configured to acquire a pulse-amplitude Index of the patient based on an amplitude of the signal, determine an inflection point number of the signal per unit time, wherein the inflection point number is a number of times in which a differential value of a normalized pulse wave of the signal alternates between positive and negative, and determine presence or absence of a pulse of the patient in accordance with the pulse-amplitude Index and the inflection point number, and control output of a result indicating the presence or the absence of the pulse of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,966,617

HAEMODYNAMIC DATA ESTIMATION

Bluedop Medical Ltd., No...

1. A system, including:a non-invasive blood flow measurement device;
a display device; and
a processing device, in communication with the non-invasive blood flow measurement device and with the display device, configured to:
receive blood flow data, generated by the blood flow measurement device, wherein the blood flow data includes a velocity waveform of blood flow at a location in a segment of a vascular system of a mammal, or the blood flow data includes a flow rate waveform of blood flow at the location in the segment of the vascular system of the mammal;
receive a central mean pressure of the mammal;
determine a first measure of a shape of the blood flow data and store the first measure in a storage device in association with the corresponding location, wherein the first measure represents a ratio between (1) a difference between a maximum magnitude of the blood flow data and a minimum magnitude of the blood flow data and (2) an average magnitude of the blood flow data;
generate a local pressure estimate by division of the central mean pressure by a sum of (1) unity and (2) a ratio of a second measure to the first measure, wherein the second measure represents a ratio between (1) a difference between a maximum magnitude of a central pressure waveform and a minimum magnitude of the central pressure waveform and (2) the central mean pressure; and
cause the display device to display a visual representation of the local pressure estimate.

US Pat. No. 10,966,616

ASSESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHARACTERIZING RESTING HEART RATE OF A SUBJECT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An assessing system for assessing a heart rate of a subject, the assessing system comprising:a photoplethysmography signal providing unit for providing a photoplethysmography signal indicative of a heartbeat of the subject;
a motion signal providing unit for providing a motion signal indicative of a motion of the subject;
a parameter providing unit for providing a subject specific parameter of the subject;
a heart rate determination unit for determining a heart rate of the subject based on the photoplethysmography signal;
a resting period determination unit for determining a resting period during which the subject is at rest based on the motion signal;
an abnormality determination unit for determining an abnormality of the heart rate during the resting period, wherein the abnormality determination unit is arranged to determine bradycardia and/or tachycardia based on an upper and lower threshold of the heart rate, respectively, as the abnormality of the heart rate;
an assessing unit for assessing if the determined abnormality is of a pathological origin based on the subject specific parameter;
a heart rate histogram determination unit for determining a histogram of values of the heart rate during the resting period; and
a heart rate distribution determination unit for determining a distribution of the values of the heart rate based on the histogram of values of the heart rate,
wherein the heart rate distribution determination unit is configured for determining a number of modes in the histogram and for determining a number of distributions based on the determined number of modes,
wherein the abnormality determination unit is configured for determining the abnormality of the heart rate based on the distribution, and
wherein the parameter providing unit is arranged to provide at least one of a profile, symptoms, a medication, a sleep profile, a fitness level and a stress level as the subject specific parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,966,615

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING A RECOMMENDED SKIN TEMPERATURE

General Electric Company,...

1. An apparatus for receiving an infant comprising:an infant holding area;
a display area;
a heating system for warming the infant holding area;
an environmental sensor operable to generate an environmental sensor input related to an environmental condition in the infant holding area;
a skin temperature sensor operable to generate a skin temperature input related to a skin temperature of the infant;
a physiological sensor operable to generate a physiological sensor input, wherein the physiological sensor is selected from the group consisting of a blood temperature sensor, a breathing rate sensor, a tidal breathing airflow sensor, a blood volume sensor, a weight sensor, and a heart rate sensor; and
a processor configured to receive the environmental sensor input from the environmental sensor, the skin temperature input from the skin temperature sensor, and the physiological sensor input from the physiological sensor, wherein the processor is configured to determine a recommended skin temperature needed to maintain a core temperature of the infant at a desired core temperature based on the environmental sensor input, the skin temperature input and the physiological sensor input, and wherein the processor is configured to display the recommended skin temperature on the display area.

US Pat. No. 10,966,614

INTRAORAL SCANNER

Dentlytec G.P.L. LTD., T...

1. A method for intraoral scanning, comprising:introducing an intraoral scanner (IOS) head having multiple optical components comprising at least one light projector and at least one imager into an oral cavity;
acquiring an image of a region of interest (ROI);
processing said acquired ROI image to obtain at least one spatial parameter;
and
selecting at least one of said multiple optical components based on said at least one spatial parameter;
wherein said IOS includes a first light projector and a second light projector and said selecting comprises selecting a first light projector projecting light incident on said ROI and deselecting a second light projector.

US Pat. No. 10,966,613

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR UTILIZING OPTICAL DISPERSION FOR FOURIER-DOMAIN OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

The General Hospital Corp...

1. A source for providing electromagnetic radiation within a particular spectral range, comprising:a ring-shaped optical resonator for circulating a plurality of wavelength bands including:
a first optical phase modulator,
a chromatic dispersion device,
a second optical phase modulator, and
a multi-line spectral domain filter; and
a controller coupled to the first optical phase modulator and the second optical phase modulator which is configured to drive the first optical phase modulator and the second optical phase modulator with particular time-varying waveforms,
the chromatic dispersion device being configured between the first optical phase modulator and the second optical phase modulator to provide chromatic dispersion so as to subject each of the plurality of wavelength bands to a respective plurality of different time delays,
the first optical phase modulator and the second optical phase modulator being configured to create spectral broadening by the first optical phase modulator and spectral recovery by the second optical phase modulator of a particular wavelength band of the plurality of wavelength bands by modulating a first phase using the first optical phase modulator with a particular set of frequencies and a particular set of amplitudes and, after a particular time delay, modulating a second phase opposite the first phase using the second optical phase modulator,
the particular time delay being determined so as to create the spectral recovery for the particular wavelength band of the plurality of wavelength bands, and
the multi-line spectral domain filter being configured to provide multi-line spectral filtering with narrow bandwidths in order to induce power loss for each of the plurality of wavelength bands except for the particular wavelength band.

US Pat. No. 10,966,612

EXPANDING BEAM OPTICAL ELEMENT

Open Water Internet Inc.,...

1. An imaging device comprising:an image sensor configured to capture an image of an interference between a reference beam and an object beam; an optical fiber configured to provide a reference beam; a refractive component including: a fiber entry surface configured to receive the reference beam from the optical fiber into the refractive component; a first reflection surface; and a second reflection surface; a first diffractive optical element (DOE) optically coupled with the refractive component, the first DOE configured to receive the reference beam from the second reflection surface; and a second diffractive optical element (DOE) that is partially transmissive, wherein the first DOE is configured to collimate and redirect the reference beam to the second DOE, the second DOE configured to redirect the reference beam to the image sensor, wherein the image sensor receives the object beam through the second DOE.

US Pat. No. 10,966,611

IMAGING BIOLOGICAL TISSUE OR OTHER SUBJECTS

VITAL BIOSCIENCES INC., ...

1. A method, comprising:emitting a first wavelength of electromagnetic (EM) radiation towards a subject;
receiving, at a first plurality of receivers, responses to the first wavelength of EM radiation after the first wavelength of EM radiation interacts with the subject;
emitting a second wavelength of EM radiation towards the subject;
receiving, at a second plurality of receivers, responses to the second wavelength of EM radiation after the second wavelength of EM radiation interacts with the subject, the first plurality of receivers and the second plurality of receivers arranged in a spatial pattern; and
replicating and mixing a first set of readings from the first plurality of receivers and a second set of readings from the second plurality of receivers to generate a spectro-spatial response across at least the first and second wavelengths of EM radiation and across the spatial pattern,
wherein the replicating and mixing is repeated in a cascade where outputs of the replicating are provided as inputs to the mixing, and outputs of the mixing are provided as inputs to the replicating.

US Pat. No. 10,966,610

ANGIOGENIC TREATMENT OF ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE

Venturis Therapeutics, In...

1. A method of treating an ischemic region of cardiac tissue of a heart of a subject, the method comprising the steps of:obtaining non-invasive image data of the subject, the non-invasive image data including a region of cardiac tissue,
analyzing the image data to preoperatively identify at least one ischemic region of cardiac tissue,
preoperatively identifying a first injection site within a first area of cardiac tissue proximate to the ischemic region of cardiac tissue, wherein the first injection site is proximate the ischemic region of cardiac tissue,
operatively administering a therapeutically effective amount of a first composition comprising at least one angiogenic factor to the first injection site, wherein the angiogenic factor is fibroblast growth factor-1 (FGF-1) and is provided in a dose of between about 2 and 20 micrograms per kilogram that reaches a Cmax in less than 1 hour and that at least one of: prevents relocation of myofibrils, glycogen loss, or mitochondrial swelling, and wherein the administration of the angiogenic factor induces growth of cardiac blood vessels and cardiac angiogenesis within the first area of cardiac tissue proximate to the ischemic region of cardiac tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,966,609

INTEGRATED MEDICAMENT DELIVERY DEVICE FOR USE WITH CONTINUOUS ANALYTE SENSOR

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A system for monitoring and treating diabetes, the system comprising:a medicament injection device configured and arranged for injecting an amount of a medicament into a host;
a receiver module within the medicament injection device configured and arranged to receive sensor data from a continuous glucose sensor, wherein the sensor data is indicative of a glucose concentration of the host in vivo, wherein the receiver module comprises electronics configured and arranged to process the sensor data to calculate at least one of a time of medicament therapy and an amount of medicament therapy, and further comprising a processor within the receiver module configured and arranged to evaluate if a potential risk is present, and to require validation of the calculated at least one of time of medicament therapy and amount of medicament therapy if the evaluation is that a potential risk is present, prior to injecting an amount of medicament into the host, and
a user interface configured and arranged for at least input of host information, wherein the user interface is further configured to display a graphical representation of at least sensor data and medicament delivery data, wherein the user interface further displays at least one of a target glucose concentration or a range.

US Pat. No. 10,966,608

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED DIABETES DATA MANAGEMENT AND USE EMPLOYING WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY BETWEEN PATIENTS AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS AND REPOSITORY OF DIABETES MANAGEMENT INFORMATION

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A disease management system comprising:a medication delivery syringe comprising a reservoir for medication, a needle, a plunger to control delivery of medication from the reservoir through the needle, and a radio frequency identification (RFid) tag comprising medication delivery information selected from the group consisting of a syringe identification number, medication type, and medication amount delivered; and
a communication device comprising an RFid interface circuit configured to activate the RFid tag to transmit the medication delivery information from the syringe, and to receive and store the transmitted medication delivery information, and a communications interface circuit configured to wirelessly connect via at least one of a cellular network and a wireless internet network to a repository that stores disease management information, and to transmit the medication delivery information to the repository;
wherein the communications interface circuit is configured to automatically, without user involvement, transmit the medication delivery information to the repository in response to detection of completion of delivery of the medication.

US Pat. No. 10,966,607

PHASE-SENSITIVE OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY TO MEASURE OPTICAL ABERRATIONS IN ANTERIOR SEGMENT

Alcon Inc., Fribourg (CH...

1. A method for determining optical aberrations of the anterior segment of an eye, the method comprising:positioning the eye in a measurement location adjacent to a measurement arm of an optical coherence tomography (OCT) interferometer apparatus, so that source light from the measurement arm passes into the anterior segment of the eye;
detecting an interference pattern from the OCT interferometer apparatus, the interference pattern resulting from a combination, in the OCT interferometer apparatus, of light reflected from the eye and light reflected from a reference arm of the OCT interferometer apparatus; and
based on the detected interference pattern, calculating an optical delay between a reference surface in the anterior segment of the eye and a measured surface in the eye, the reference surface being the anterior surface of the eye's cornea or the anterior surface of the eye's lens, wherein said calculating comprises measuring an optical phase shift between the reference surface and the measured surface, based on the detected interference pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,966,606

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING THE HEAD POSITION AND POSTURAL SWAY OF A SUBJECT

Bertec Corporation, Colu...

1. A method for concurrently measuring the head position and postural sway of a subject, the method comprising the steps of:providing a head position measurement device configured to measure a position of a head of the subject while the subject performs a balance test and/or a concussion screening test, the head position measurement device comprising a light source configured to project a light beam onto a surface in front of the subject and a plurality of spaced-apart markers disposed on the surface so that a path of the light beam is able to be compared to the plurality of spaced-apart markers, a first one of the plurality of spaced-apart markers corresponding to a first intended angular position of the head of the subject, and a second one of the plurality of spaced-apart markers corresponding to a second intended angular position of the head of the subject, the first one of the plurality of spaced-apart markers being spaced apart from the second one of the plurality of spaced-apart markers by a predetermined head displacement angular range;
providing a postural sway detection device, the postural sway detection device configured to detect a postural sway of the subject while the subject performs the balance test and/or the concussion screening test, the postural sway detection device being configured to output one or more signals that are representative of the detected postural sway of the subject;
providing a visual target that is a portion of one or more limbs of the subject;
providing a data processing device operatively coupled to the postural sway detection device, the data processing device configured to receive the one or more signals that are representative of the detected postural sway of the subject, the data processing device further configured to determine the postural sway of the subject using the one or more signals;
positioning the subject in an upright position on a surface;
instructing the subject to displace his or her head back and forth in an oscillatory manner over a prescribed angular range;
instructing the subject to displace his or her head and the one or more limbs back and forth in an oscillatory manner over the prescribed angular range while the subject maintains his or her gaze on the visual target;
measuring the position of the head of the subject using the head position measurement device by projecting the light beam from the light source onto the surface, and then comparing the light beam to the first one of the plurality of spaced-apart markers and the second one of the plurality of spaced-apart markers on the surface;
measuring the postural sway of the subject using the postural sway detection device while measuring the position of the head of the subject, and outputting the one or more signals that are representative of the postural sway of the subject from the postural sway detection device;
determining, by using the head position measurement device, an angular position of the head of the subject as the subject displaces his or her head over the prescribed angular range;
determining, by using the data processing device, postural sway data for the subject from the one or more signals output by the postural sway detection device; and
determining whether the subject is displacing his or her head over the prescribed angular range by comparing the angular position of the head of the subject determined by using the head position measurement device to the predetermined head displacement angular range.

US Pat. No. 10,966,605

HEALTH ASSESSMENT VIA EYE MOVEMENT BIOMETRICS

1. A method of assessing health conditions that manifest in abnormal behavior of a human visual system, comprising:assessing, by one or more sensors, a state of eyes of a person, wherein assessing the state includes assessing at least one of the eye position, velocity, and acceleration;
determining, by a biometric assessment system implemented on one or more computing devices, oculomotor plant characteristic features and complex eye movement features from the state of the eyes of the person, wherein the oculomotor plant characteristic features include features of an eye globe of the person and tissues, ligaments, and extraocular muscles surrounding the eye globe; and
determining, by the biometric assessment system, a usefulness of the oculomotor plant characteristic features for health assessment purposes by comparing the oculomotor plant characteristic features to a previously captured oculomotor plant characteristic biometric template and filtering out oculomotor plant characteristic features that are outside of predetermined limits defined by the oculomotor plant characteristic biometric template and oculomotor plant characteristic features that are not representative of the health conditions that manifest in abnormal behavior of the human visual system;
determining, by the biometric assessment system, a usefulness of the complex eye movement features for health assessment purposes by comparing the complex eye movement features to a previously captured complex eye movement biometric template and filtering out complex eye movement features that are outside of predetermined limits defined by the complex eye movement biometric template, and filtering out complex eye movement features not representative of the health conditions that manifest in abnormal behavior of the human visual system;
assessing, based at least in part on oculomotor plant characteristic features and/or the complex eye movement features that remain after filtering, whether or not the person is suffering from at least one of the health conditions that manifests as abnormal behavior of the human visual system.

US Pat. No. 10,966,604

SUBJECTIVE OPTOMETRY APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

NIDEK CO., LTD., Aichi (...

1. A subjective optometry apparatus for subjectively measuring optical characteristics of a subject eye, comprising:a subjective measurement portion configured to include a calibration optical system that is disposed in an optical path of a light projecting optical system projecting a target light flux to the subject eye and changes optical characteristics of the target light flux, and subjectively measure optical characteristics of the subject eye;
an objective measurement portion configured to include a measurement optical system that emits measurement light to a fundus of the subject eye and receives reflected light on the fundus, and objectively measure optical characteristics of the subject eye;
a control portion configured to cause the objective measurement portion to objectively measure optical characteristics of the subject eye while the subjective measurement portion subjectively measures optical characteristics of the subject eye; and
a display control portion configured to perform a control to display an eye diagram representing at least the subject eye and an imaging position of the target light flux incident on the subject eye, and perform a control to display the imaging position based on the optical characteristics of the subject eye objectively measured by the objective measurement portion;
wherein the imaging position changes in a depth direction of the subject eye.

US Pat. No. 10,966,603

MULTIPLE OFF-AXIS CHANNEL OPTICAL IMAGING DEVICE WITH OVERLAP TO REMOVE AN ARTIFACT FROM A PRIMARY FIXATION TARGET

BROADSPOT IMAGING CORP, ...

1. An optical imaging device, comprising:a support structure; and
a plurality of imaging channels, each imaging channel of the plurality of imaging channels including a discrete optical imaging pathway, the plurality of imaging channels disposed within the support structure, the plurality of imaging channels aimed at different angles relative to each other such that each optical imaging pathway is directed towards a pupil of an eye; and
a primary fixation target positioned inside a first imaging channel of the plurality of imaging channels between optical illumination of the first imaging channel and the eye, the primary fixation target configured to emit optical signals along a primary fixation target projection path towards the pupil of the eye,
wherein an artifact of the primary fixation target is generated onto a portion of the eye to be imaged, the artifact in a form of a shadow cast by the primary fixation target blocking at least a portion of the optical illumination of the first imaging channel;
wherein the artifact of the primary fixation target is positioned at a first location of a retina; and
wherein the primary fixation target projection path intersects the retina at a second location different from the first location.

US Pat. No. 10,966,602

AUTOMATICALLY DETECTING EYE TYPE IN RETINAL FUNDUS IMAGES

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:obtaining a region of interest from an image of a retinal fundus;
passing the region of interest through a stack of N learned convolutional layers of a pre-trained deep convolutional neural network;
discarding a response of an Nth layer of the N learned convolutional layers to the region of interest;
applying principal component analysis on responses of an (N?1)th layer of the N learned convolutional layers to the region of interest to generate a set of principal components,
wherein the Nth layer is trained for one thousand classes of a training dataset, and the (N?1)th layer generates more than four thousand responses as potential unsupervised features;
extracting an unsupervised feature of the retinal fundus from the set of principal components; and
determining whether the retinal fundus belongs to a left eye or a right eye, based on features of the retinal fundus.

US Pat. No. 10,966,601

VAGINAL SPECULUM WITH ELECTROMYOGRAPHIC SENSORS

OB Tools Ltd., Nesher (I...

1. A method comprising:introducing a vaginal speculum into a vagina, said vaginal speculum comprising a spreading element and at least two electromyographic sensors, at least one of said electromyographic sensors being mounted in or on said spreading element, and using said electromyographic sensors to measure electromyographic activity in the uterus for IVF re-introduction of fertilized eggs when the uterus is non-active to prevent rejection of fetuses; and
using the electromyographic activity measured by said electromyographic sensors to detect when the uterus is non-active, and when the uterus is non-active, further comprising re-introducing fertilized eggs into the uterus.

US Pat. No. 10,966,600

DIGITAL OTOSCOPE

Welch Allyn, Inc., Skane...

1. An otoscopic instrument comprising:an instrument head including a distal end and a proximal end;
a handle supporting the instrument head, the handle retaining at least one battery;
an imager disposed within the instrument head and configured to capture at least one of single images or video of a medical target;
a display coupled to the at least one battery and imager;
a user interface; and
a processor coupled to the imager and display, the display disposed at the proximal end of the instrument head and configured to present an image of a medical target captured by the imager and in which the user interface is also disposed at the proximal end of the instrument head and configured to enable at least two operating modes.

US Pat. No. 10,966,599

ENDOSCOPIC STEREO MATCHING METHOD AND APPARATUS USING DIRECT ATTENUATION MODEL

Korea Electronics Technol...

1. A method for generating a depth image, the method comprising:generating a stereo image in an environment where there is no external atmospheric light; and
estimating a depth image from the stereo image based on scene radiance information of the stereo image and an attenuation trend of a light of an illumination used to generate the stereo image,
wherein the light is different from the external atmospheric light, and
wherein the scene radiance information of the stereo image indicates information approximated as a mean of all pixel values of the stereo image.

US Pat. No. 10,966,598

FLEXIBLE TUBE INSERTION APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope system comprising:an insertion section having a distal side configured to be inserted into a subject;
a first variable stiffness actuator provided in the insertion section and configured to change a stiffness of the insertion section; and
a controller configured to:
receive an indication of a bend shape of the insertion section;
control, based on the received bend shape of the insertion section, the first variable stiffness actuator to change the stiffness of the insertion section;
determine, when the received bend shape includes a single bend in the insertion section, whether the single bend has a curvature equal to or greater than a predetermined curvature; and
when the single bend is determined to have a curvature equal to or greater than the predetermined curvature, control the first variable stiffness actuator to make a stiffness at a distal portion of the single bend greater than a stiffness at a proximal portion of the single bend.

US Pat. No. 10,966,597

FORWARD AND ANGLE VIEW ENDOSCOPE

Canon U.S.A., Inc., Melv...

1. An apparatus comprising:a light focusing element configured to focus a light along the optical axis of the apparatus,
a grating element that is inclined with respect to the optical axis of the apparatus,
a spacer element with a refractive index ?1 located between the light focusing element and the grating element, and
a transparent element with a refractive index of ?2 and having a proximal surface in contact with the grating element and a distal surface that is angled with respect to the optical axis of the apparatus,
wherein ?1 is less ?2, and
wherein a light passing through the light focusing element enters the spacer element with the refractive index ?1 before it is incident on the grating element and wherein a light diffracting from the grating element is refracted by the distal surface of the transparent element.

US Pat. No. 10,966,596

INSERTION DEVICE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An insertion device comprising:an elongated insertion section;
a spiral tube provided at an outer periphery of the insertion section, the spiral tube being provided to be rotatable about a longitudinal axis;
a rotary cylinder rotatably provided on the insertion section and provided to be movable in relation to the spiral tube in a longitudinal direction of the insertion section, the rotary cylinder being configured to transmit rotation of the rotary cylinder to the spiral tube via a coating on the insertion section;
a drive shaft provided inside the insertion section, the drive shaft transmitting a rotation of a motor to the rotary cylinder to rotate the rotary cylinder;
a sensor for detecting movement of the rotary cylinder distally or proximally in the longitudinal direction of the insertion section; and
a controller configured to control a state of the motor including a positive rotation, a negative rotation, and rotation halt based on the detection by the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,966,595

ENDOSCOPY AUXILIARY DEVICE

INSIGHT MEDICAL SOLUTIONS...

1. An endoscopy auxiliary device, comprising:an insertion tube; and
a clamper having a pipe and a connector, with the connector connected to the insertion tube, the pipe configured to clamp a capsule endoscope, the pipe having an inner space configured to accommodate part of the capsule endoscope, the pipe comprising:
a first slit extending from a free end of the pipe toward a proximal end of the inner space then to a connection end of the pipe, wherein a distance between the free end and the connection end is a first distance;
a second slit extending from the free end of the pipe for a second distance toward the connection end of the pipe; and
a third slit extending from the free end of the pipe for a third distance toward the connection end of the pipe,
wherein the first slit, the second slit and the third slit are separated from each other, and the first distance is greater than the second distance and the third distance.

US Pat. No. 10,966,594

IMAGING DEVICE, ENDOSCOPE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING IMAGING DEVICE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An imaging device comprising:at least one objective lens configured to collect light incident from an object to be imaged;
an imaging sensor configured to receive light from the at least one objective lens and convert the received light to an electric signal;
a multi-layer substrate electrically connected to the imaging sensor, the multi-layer substrate including electronic components installed thereon and electrically conductive layers and vias that are formed therein; and
a collective cable including at least first and second coaxial cables electrically connected to the multi-layer substrate, wherein
first and second core connection electrodes to which a first and second core wire of the first and second coaxial cables are respectively connected, the first core connection electrode being formed on a first surface of the multi-layer substrate and the second core connection electrode being formed on a second surface of the multilayer substrate, the first surface and the second surface each intersecting with a height direction of the multi-layer substrate, and
first and second shielded-wire connection electrodes to which a first and second shielded wire of the first and second coaxial cables are respectively connected;
wherein the first and second shielded-wire connection electrodes are formed on a side surface of the multi-layer substrate that is adjacent to both of the first and second surfaces of the multi-layer substrate, the side surface facing towards a proximal end and the collective cable extends towards the proximal end.

US Pat. No. 10,966,593

IN-LINE GAS ADAPTOR FOR ENDOSCOPIC APPARATUS

UNITED STATES ENDOSCOPY G...

1. An adaptor connecting a source of primary gas to an endoscopic device, the adaptor comprising an adaptor body having: a first fluid transport component in a non-fluid connection with a second fluid transport component, the first and second fluid transport components each having walls with tubular exterior surfaces and interior surfaces defining respective first and second channels extending therethrough, each fluid transport component having a flared open end, a tapered open end, and a central body between the flared open end and the tapered open end; wherein the tubular exterior surfaces of the first and second fluid transport components are attached to each other at an end of the flared open ends and contiguous along an entire length of the second fluid transport flared open end, and the tubular exterior surfaces are separated at the tapered open end and at least a portion of the central body, wherein the channel in the first fluid transport component is a linear liquid channel, and the channel in the second fluid transport component is a linear gas channel in fluid connection with the source of primary gas; and a tubular inlet port extending outward from the tubular exterior surface of the central body of the second fluid transport component such that the walls of the adapter form one linear channel and one branched channel, wherein the tubular inlet portion includes a central gas passage in direct fluid connection with the gas channel formed in the second fluid transport component, wherein a secondary gas is provided through the central gas passage to the gas channel in lieu of or in addition to the primary gas, wherein the tubular inlet port and the central gas passage thereof are substantially perpendicular to a respective one of the first or second channels, wherein a first engagement portion is defined by the flared open ends of both the first and second fluid transport components, a second engagement portion is defined by the tapered open ends of both the first and second fluid transport components, the first engagement portion is engageable with a configuration and a size that are the same as the second engagement portion.

US Pat. No. 10,966,592

3D ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS AND 3D VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A three-dimensional endoscope apparatus comprising:a video signal input portion to which a first video signal being obtained by a first imaging system and a second video signal being obtained by a second imaging system are inputted;
a video signal identification portion that identifies a two-dimensional video signal and a three-dimensional video signal obtained from the video signal input portion;
an image condition detection portion that, when the video signal identification portion has detected the two-dimensional video signal, analyzes a display area of a two-dimensional image to detect a foggy region therein; and
an image combining portion that, when the image condition detection portion has detected a foggy region in a video of at least one of the first imaging system and the second imaging system, combines both of the first video signal and the second video signal to generate a composite image in which fogginess of the foggy region being eliminated.

US Pat. No. 10,966,591

MEDICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE, MEDICAL DISPLAY DEVICE, AND MEDICAL OBSERVATION SYSTEM INVOLVING APPENDING COLOR GAMUT IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION TO THE PICTURE SIGNAL RESULTING FROM CONVERSION

SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLU...

1. A medical signal processing device that receives a picture signal imaged by a medical observation device and processes the picture signal, comprising:a signal input circuit that receives the picture signal;
a first signal converting circuit that converts the picture signal received by the signal input circuit from an RGB signal into a luminance signal and a color difference signal by performing a matrix calculating process;
an identification information appending circuit that appends color gamut identification information related to a color gamut of the picture signal and corresponding to the matrix calculating process, to the picture signal resulting from the conversion; and
a signal output circuit that outputs the picture signal to which the color gamut identification information has been appended, to either an external medical display device or an external medical recording device,
wherein the signal input circuit receives two picture signals including a left-eye picture signal and a right-eye picture signal,
the first signal converting circuit converts the left-eye picture signal and the right-eye picture signal received by the signal input circuit each from the RGB signal into the luminance signal and the color difference signal by performing the matrix calculating process and generates a 3D picture signal from the left-eye picture signal and the right-eye picture signal resulting from the conversion,
to the 3D picture signal, the identification information appending circuit appends the color gamut identification information and appends scheme information identifying a 3D transfer scheme that generates the 3D picture signal from the left-eye picture signal and the right-eye picture signal, and
the signal output circuit outputs the 3D picture signal to which the color gamut identification information and the scheme identification information have been appended, to either the medical display device or the medical recording device,
wherein the scheme information identifying a 3D transfer scheme includes an identifier, a first value of the identifier indicating a line by line scheme and a second value of the identifier indicating a 3D transfer scheme different from the line by line scheme.

US Pat. No. 10,966,590

SURGICAL SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A surgical system comprising:an endoscope having a single visual field at a time, wherein a first area of a surgical site occupies an entirety of the single visual field;
a monitor that displays the single visual field of the first area;
a monitoring sensor configured to sense a characteristic of the surgical site in a sensing region including a second area of the surgical site outside the first area of the surgical site imaged by the endoscope and displayed on the monitor; and
circuitry configured to
detect an occurrence of a medical abnormality in the second area based on a result of the sensing by the monitoring sensor, and
generate notification information regarding the detected result wherein,
the sensing region of the surgical site also includes at least a part of the first area imaged by the endoscope, and
the circuitry is further configured to
detect an occurrence of a medical abnormality in the region inside the first area imaged by the endoscope based on a result of the sensing by the monitoring sensor, and
generate the notification information based on whether or not an occurrence location of the medical abnormality is within the first area imaged by the endoscope.

US Pat. No. 10,966,589

DEBRIS PAN AND ASSOCIATED ASSEMBLIES

Rubbermaid Commercial Pro...

1. A debris pan assembly, comprising:a bin comprising a closed interior for containing debris, the closed interior being defined by at least one sidewall, the bin having an open end for receiving debris therethrough;
a yoke coupled to the bin, the yoke comprising at least two arms, each arm being coupled to a spindle, the yoke being coupled to the bin by the spindles such that the bin is rotatable about the spindles;
an elongated shaft having a first end and an opposed second end, the opposed second end being coupled to the yoke; and
a latch coupled to the bin on an upper surface of the bin outside of the closed interior, wherein the latch is selectively pivotable between a first position in which the latch engages the yoke such that the bin and the yoke are rigidly positioned relative to one another, and a second position in which the bin and the yoke are not rigidly positioned relative to one another and the bin is freely rotatable about the spindles,
wherein the latch comprises a grip coupled to a latch connection mechanism configured to allow a user to manually pivot the grip of the latch between the first position, in which the latch connection mechanism engages a hook coupled to the yoke, and the second position, in which the latch connection mechanism is disengaged from the hook.

US Pat. No. 10,966,587

MOBILE CLEANING ROBOT CLEANING HEAD

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. An autonomous mobile cleaning robot comprising:a body including a suction duct; and
a cleaning assembly operable to clean a surface of an environment, the cleaning assembly comprising:
a housing defining a suction port therein;
a suspension linkage coupled to the body and to the housing to enable movement of the housing relative to the body; and
a diaphragm flexibly connected to form a passage between the suction duct and to the suction port, the diaphragm configured to allow the housing to move relative to the body while maintaining the passage.

US Pat. No. 10,966,586

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

BISSELL Inc., Grand Rapi...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus, comprising:a housing including an upright handle assembly and a cleaning head mounted to the upright handle assembly and adapted for movement across a surface to be cleaned; and
a fluid recovery system, comprising:
a suction source;
a suction nozzle provided on the cleaning head in fluid communication with the suction source;
a recovery tank container having a bottom end and a top end opposite the bottom end; and
a strainer removably mounted within the recovery tank container, the strainer comprising:
a strainer base defining a planar surface and having a plurality of drain holes therein; and
an elongated grip extending upwards from the strainer base toward the top end of the recovery tank container.

US Pat. No. 10,966,585

MOVING ROBOT AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A cleaner comprising:a main body having a suction port;
a cleaning unit provided in the main body to suck a cleaning object through the suction port;
a driving unit to move the main body;
a camera provided in the main body and photographing an image; and
a controller detecting a vanishing point related to the image and detecting information related to a posture of the main body based on the detected vanishing point,
wherein the controller is configured to:
detect a plurality of line segments from the image;
classify the plurality of detected line segments into three groups;
detect a vanishing point vector corresponding to each group; and
select any one of the vanishing point vectors corresponding to each group based on a normal vector of a wall surface located in a moving direction of the main body, and calculate an angle formed by the selected vanishing point vector and the moving direction of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,966,584

LOW PROFILE SURFACE CLEANING HEAD

SharkNinja Operating LLC,...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus, comprising:a surface cleaning head configured to be pivotably connected to an upper portion of said surface cleaning apparatus, the surface cleaning head including:
an agitator drive motor drivingly connected to a driven agitator member; and
a cyclone assembly including first and second opposing cyclones each configured to be in an air path in fluid communication with a suction motor, wherein the first and second opposing cyclones are hingedly coupled to each other at a location between the cyclones and are configured to be removable from the surface cleaning head as a single unit.

US Pat. No. 10,966,583

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS, CYCLONIC AIR TREATMENT MEMBER AND SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A vacuum cleaner having an air flow path from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet the vacuum cleaner comprising:(a) a cyclone comprising a cyclone chamber having a cyclone axis of rotation, an axial height, a first end, an axially spaced apart second end, a cyclone sidewall extending between first and second axially spaced apart end walls, a cyclone air inlet, a cyclone air outlet and a dirt outlet; and,
(b) a dirt collection chamber exterior to the cyclone chamber and in communication with the cyclone chamber via the dirt outlet, the dirt collection chamber comprising a first end, an axially spaced apart openable second end, a dirt collection chamber sidewall extending between first and second axially spaced apart end walls and at least one vertically extending member,
wherein the dirt outlet directs dirt laterally into the first end of the dirt collection chamber and,
wherein the at least one vertically extending member is provided within the dirt collection chamber and at the second end of the dirt collection chamber and the at least one vertically extending member is only essentially planar or planar.

US Pat. No. 10,966,582

CYCLONE ASSEMBLY FOR SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS AND A SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS HAVING SAME

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A vacuum cleaner having a cyclone assembly, the cyclone assembly comprising:(a) a first cyclonic cleaning stage comprising a first stage cyclone having a first stage cyclone chamber, a first stage cyclone axis, a first cyclonic stage air inlet, a first cyclonic stage air outlet and a first cyclonic stage air outlet end; and,
(b) a second cyclonic cleaning stage downstream from the first cyclonic cleaning stage and comprising a second stage cyclone having a second stage cyclone chamber, a second stage cyclone axis, a plurality of second cyclonic stage cyclone air inlets, a second cyclonic stage air inlet end and an axially opposed second cyclonic stage second end;
wherein the plurality of second cyclonic stage cyclone air inlets have a second stage air inlet cross-sectional area in a direction transverse to a direction of air flow travelling through the second cyclonic stage cyclone air inlets that is 1.1-2 times larger than a first stage air inlet cross-sectional area in a direction transverse to a direction of air flow travelling through the first cyclonic stage air inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,966,581

VACUUM CLEANING DEVICE WITH FOLDABLE WAND TO PROVIDE STORAGE CONFIGURATION

SharkNinja Operating LLC,...

1. A vacuum cleaning device comprising:a wand having a first end configured to be coupled to a vacuum unit and a second end configured to be coupled to a surface cleaning head, the wand defining an air passage extending from the first end to the second end, said wand comprising:
a first and a second rigid wand segment defining a first and a second portion of said air passage and including a first and a second longitudinal axis, respectively;
a bendable wand joint comprising a first and a second hinge member and a hinge configured to pivotally connect said first and said second rigid wand segments together in multiple configurations, said multiple configurations comprising:
an extended position in which said first and said second rigid wand segments are aligned relative to each other during use; and
a bent configuration in which said first and said second rigid wand segments are angled relative to each other during use; and
a flexible air passage along at least a portion of the wand between said first and said second rigid wand segments defining a flexible air portion of said air passage and configured to flex when said first and said second hinge members pivot about said hinge; and
a locking mechanism including:
a locking cavity formed in said first hinge member; and
a release button and a locking arm pivotally coupled to said second hinge member, a distal end of said locking arm including a locking pawl or hook configured to latch with said locking cavity to lock said bendable wand joint in said extended position;
a locking arm guard extending from the second hinge member generally parallel to second longitudinal axis and around the distal end of the locking arm; and
a locking arm sidewall extending generally away from the first longitudinal axis and at least partially around the locking cavity, wherein the locking arm sidewall is configured to receive the distal end of the locking arm and at least a portion of the locking arm guard when in the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,966,580

CLEANING DEVICE

SharkNinja Operating LLC,...

1. A cleaning head, comprising:a cardboard housing defining an outermost suction inlet adjacent to a surface to be cleaned for allowing debris to flow into the cleaning head, and having a dirt collection chamber that is configured to receive debris that flows through the suction inlet, the cardboard housing being configured to couple to a cleaning device such that a vacuum source can apply a vacuum force to the chamber to draw debris through the suction inlet into the chamber; and
a cleaning sheet coupled to the cardboard housing and having a surface configured to contact a surface to be cleaned.

US Pat. No. 10,966,579

CLEANING DEVICE

SharkNinja Operating LLC,...

1. A cleaning head, comprising:a suction inlet;
a dirt collection chamber arranged to receive dirt from the suction inlet; and
a cleaning sheet having an upper surface and a lower surface, the lower surface being arranged to contact a surface to be cleaned;
wherein the cleaning sheet is permanently attached to the cleaning head.

US Pat. No. 10,966,578

HOLDING ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR HOLDING A TISSUE ROLL IN A DISPENSER, AND DISPENSER

CWS INTERNATIONAL GmbH, ...

1. A dispenser for dispensing portions of a continuous web of tissue from a tissue roll comprising a holding mechanism for holding the tissue roll in the dispenser, the dispenser comprising:a second tissue roll position for receiving the tissue roll from a first tissue roll position;
the holding mechanism for holding a tissue roll in the first tissue roll position, wherein the holding mechanism comprises a first holding element for engaging a first end of an axle of the tissue roll and a second holding element for engaging a second end of the axle of the tissue roll;
a diameter sensor for detecting a diameter of the tissue roll in the first tissue roll position; and
a shift mechanism connecting the holding mechanism and the diameter sensor;
wherein the shift mechanism is adapted for shifting the first and second holding elements of the holding mechanism from a hold position to a release position and vice versa;
wherein a distance between the first holding element and the second holding element in the release position is larger than a distance between the first holding element and the second holding element in the hold position;
wherein the shift mechanism is adapted for shifting the first and second holding elements of the holding mechanism from the hold position to the release position when the diameter sensor detects a reduced tissue roll diameter in the first tissue roll position;
wherein the first tissue roll position is a first dispensing position for dispensing tissue from the tissue roll and the first tissue roll position is a receiving position for receiving a new tissue roll;
wherein the first holding element is horizontally or axially spaced from the first end of the axle of the tissue roll in the release position and the second holding element is horizontally or axially spaced from the second end of the axle of the tissue roll in the release position and the holding mechanism remains substantially within the same horizontal plane in the hold position and in the release position;
wherein the shift mechanism extends in a substantially horizontal plane in the release position and in the hold position and is arranged such that a movement of the shift mechanism from the hold position to the release position and vice versa is substantially horizontal;
wherein the holding mechanism is arranged such that a movement of the first holding element and the second holding element of the holding mechanism from the hold position to the release position and vice versa is substantially horizontal, and the first holding element and the second holding element are adapted to provide operative support for the tissue roll during operation of the dispenser to dispense a portion of the continuous web of tissue;
wherein the first holding element and the second holding element of the holding mechanism is biased in the release position; and
wherein the shift mechanism comprises at least one first biasing element biasing the holding mechanism in the release position.

US Pat. No. 10,966,577

DISPENSER AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING PORTIONS OF A CONTINUOUS WEB OF TISSUE FROM A TISSUE ROLL

CWS INTERNATIONAL GMBH, ...

1. A dispenser for dispensing portions of a continuous web of tissue from a tissue roll, the dispenser comprising:a first tissue roll position for receiving a tissue roll and a second tissue roll position for receiving a tissue roll;
a holding arrangement comprising a shift mechanism for shifting a holding mechanism for holding a tissue roll in the first tissue roll position, wherein the holding mechanism comprises a first holding element for engaging a first end of an axle of the tissue roll and a second holding element for engaging a second end of the axle of the tissue roll, wherein a distance between the first holding element and the second holding element in a release position is larger than a distance between the first holding element and the second holding element in a hold position, and wherein the shift mechanism comprises a transition element pivotably connected to a diameter sensor;
an output mechanism for supplying portions of tissue; and
a transfer mechanism for releasably holding and transferring an end of the tissue roll in the first tissue roll position to the output mechanism;
wherein the transfer mechanism is adapted to transfer the end of the tissue roll in the first tissue roll position to the output mechanism when the second tissue roll position is empty, and the transfer mechanism comprises a transfer plate and at least one retainer flap to bias an end of a tissue roll against the transfer plate and releasably hold the end of the tissue roll between the transfer plate and the at least one retainer flap.

US Pat. No. 10,966,576

NEONATAL BATH TUB

Catapult Products, LLC, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a fluid-holding tub with a floor and an open top disposed opposite the floor, the tub having a length of less than about 30 inches, a width of less than about 24 inches, and a depth of less than about 10 inches;
a spout disposed at a tub corner to facilitate emptying the tub, the spout comprising a depression in a rim projecting generally from a top perimeter of the tub, the spout being disposed spaced apart from a tub length center-line, the spout being configured to facilitate pouring a fluid discharge in a direction definable by a vector disposed in a vertical plane that is anti-parallel to the tub length center-line;
a sloping backrest with a support surface configured to support a baby at a defined inclined orientation inside the tub; and
a seat disposed to hold the baby at a hip-flexed position with respect to the backrest.

US Pat. No. 10,966,575

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A BATHING SYSTEM

Apollo Corporation, Some...

1. A bathing system, comprising:a tub, the tub comprising:
a tub chamber, and
a support surface within the tub chamber;
a transfer system, the transfer system comprising:
a carrier base, and
a transfer seat operatively coupled to the carrier base, the transfer seat being in either a locked position or an unlocked position with respect to the carrier base,
the locked position limiting a relative motion between the transfer seat and the carrier base,
the unlocked position facilitating relative motion between the transfer seat and the carrier base and allowing the transfer seat to transfer into or out of the tub chamber by slidably engaging a portion of the transfer seat with the support surface within the tub chamber;
a plurality of sensors, at least a first sensor of the plurality of sensors being configured to sense a position of a first component of the tub or a second component of the transfer system and to generate one or more signals representative thereof;
a controller in operative communication with each sensor of the plurality of sensors, the controller being configured to receive the one or more signals generated by the first sensor, the controller being configured to:
determine, from the one or more signals, whether the position of the first component of the tub and/or the second component of the transfer system corresponds to a first state where it is permissible to transfer the transfer seat into or out of the tub chamber or to a second state where it is not permissible to transfer the transfer seat into or out of the tub chamber,
if the controller determines that the one or more signals corresponds to the first state, generate a first output,
wherein, the first output includes a first signal for moving the transfer seat from the locked position to the unlocked position; and
if the controller determines that the one or more signals corresponds to the second state, generate a second output,
wherein, the second output includes a second signal for maintaining the transfer seat in the locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,966,574

MULTI-FUNCTION DRAINING BASKET FOR KITCHEN SINK

1. A multi-function draining basket for kitchen sink, comprising:a basket body hung or formed on a pair of supporting members which are foldably held on a kitchen sink or operatively unfolded on said kitchen sink for washing in the basket body within the kitchen sink; said basket body including: a first panel; a second panel opposite to said first panel; a third panel pivotally connected between said first panel and said second panel at each first end of said first panel and of said second panel; a fourth panel pivotally connected between said first panel and said second panel at each second end of said first panel and of said second panel, and positioned opposite to said third panel; and a bottom panel pivotally connected between said first panel and said second panel at each bottom end portion of said first panel and of said second panel; said third panel and said fourth panel each formed with a vertical folding portion or folding line at a central portion of said third panel or a central portion of said fourth panel; said bottom panel having a horizontal holding portion or folding line formed at a central portion of said bottom panel, whereby upon folding of all said panels, said third and fourth panels will be inwardly folded to retract or close said first panel towards said second panel, and said bottom panel will be downwardly folded as foldably pendent below said first and second panels; and a clamping panel pivotally secured on said basket body for fastening a kitchen-waste bag on said basket body for storing kitchen waste in the kitchen-waste bag for hygienic purpose.

US Pat. No. 10,966,573

MULTI-FUNCTION KITCHEN DEVICE AND METHOD

1. A multi-function kitchen tool for compact storage on a countertop surface, the multi-function kitchen tool comprising:a rolling pin having a rotating rolling surface, an inner cavity, a first detachable handle and a second detachable handle,
the first handle having a first handle end, and a first utensil end opposite the first handle end, including a first kitchen utensil
the second handle having a second handle end, and a second utensil end opposite the second handle end, including a second kitchen utensil
a vertical base having an upward-pointing opening that in a support configuration engages one of the first or second detachable handles to support the rolling pin vertically; and
a handle cover having a downward pointing opening that engages the other of the first or second detachable handle with the handle cover including a tapered tip section separate from a tubular body.

US Pat. No. 10,966,572

FOOD CUTTING AND PREPARATION SURFACE WITH ANTIMICROBIAL AND ANTI-SLIP PEGS

1. A surface comprising a substantially planar sheet of torrefied wood material having at least one through-hole having a diameter, and an antimicrobial peg in said through-hole, said antimicrobial peg having a main body region and two opposite head regions, wherein the head regions have a diameter greater than the diameter of said through-hole and are positioned outside of the through-hole, and wherein the main body region is positioned inside the through-hole.

US Pat. No. 10,966,571

HAND HELD HERB OR TOBACCO GRINDER

WAREHOUSE GOODS, LLC., B...

1. A handheld grinder comprising a top cap comprising a bottom face defining multiple arcuate elongate grooves therein;a grinding face defining multiple arcuate elongate slots,
wherein the grinding face at least partially defines a grinding chamber, the grooves and the slots are positioned on opposing sides of the defined grinding chamber and are arced about a common axis in opposite directions relative to each other;
a collection chamber at least partially defined by the grinding face and configured to be attached to and in fluid communication with said grinding chamber; and
a lower cap at least partially defining the collection chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,966,570

HIGH-EFFICIENCY HEATING APPARATUS

Hyper Fryer, LLC, North ...

1. A deep fryer, comprising:a cooking vessel for holding a cooking medium; and
a natural draft combustion system comprising:
at least one supply conduit for receiving and distributing a combustion gas;
at least one burner in fluid communication with the at least one supply conduit;
a combustion chamber in fluid communication with the at least one burner, the combustion chamber being exterior to the cooking vessel, being connected to an exterior surface of the cooking vessel, and being in heat transfer communication with the exterior surface of the cooking vessel;
a baffle system disposed within the combustion chamber; and
at least one deflector disposed at least partially within the combustion chamber to adjustably increase or decrease the volume of the combustion chamber when the deflector is opened or closed.

US Pat. No. 10,966,569

GRILL SYSTEM WITH DECORATIVE PANELS

OHC IP Holdings, LLC, Ed...

1. A grill system, comprising:a grill assembly comprising a grill cart and a burner box coupled to a top portion of the grill cart; wherein the grill cart comprises the top portion, a bottom portion, a first side, a second side, a front side, and a back side;
a first side assembly comprising a first side cart comprising a first side, a second side, a front side and a back side;
a first panel; and
a second panel;
wherein the grill assembly is coupled to the first side assembly such that the first side of the grill assembly is adjacent to the first side of the first side cart, and the front side of the grill cart faces in the same direction as the front side of the first side cart;
wherein the first panel and the second panel are each configured to be coupled to the second side of the grill cart or the second side of the first side cart.

US Pat. No. 10,966,568

AIR-BASED FRYER APPARATUS FOR PREPARING FOOD

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An air-based fryer apparatus for preparing food, the air-based fryer apparatus comprising:a base part including an upper support and a gearing system to generate a rotation force around a vertical rotation axis;
a container arranged on the upper support, the container having walls and a bottom part;
a food basket with walls and an air-permeable bottom part, the food basket placed inside the container such that a lateral gap is arranged between the walls of the container and the walls of the food basket, and such that a bottom gap is arranged between the bottom part of the container and said air-permeable bottom part of the food basket; and
an upper lid device arranged on top of the container, the upper lid device including a system with primary heating means and an air ventilator that generates a flow of hot air, provided as an airstream in a circulating manner through the lateral gap, the bottom gap and the air-permeable bottom part of the food basket, such that food in the food basket is prepared by a through-streaming of the hot air in the food basket; and
wherein the gearing system is adapted to provide a relative rotational movement at least between food arranged in the food basket and the through-streaming of hot air in the food basket.

US Pat. No. 10,966,567

BEVERAGE PREPARATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

TUTTOESPRESSO S.r.l., Mi...

1. A beverage preparation apparatus, comprising:a brewing chamber configured to contain at least one ingredient for beverage preparation;
at least one pump configured to supply a diluent liquid from at least one diluent source to the brewing chamber; and
at least two heaters configured to heat diluent liquid flowing therethrough, said at least two heaters include at least two distinct pipe heaters which are arranged parallel upstream of the brewing chamber to feed the diluent liquid to the brewing chamber, wherein the at least two heaters including said at least two pipe heaters being are independently controlled by a controller configured to independently supply power to the at least two pipe heaters and to activate the at least two pipe heaters, wherein said pipe heater is a hollow pipe bearing a heating film on an outer surface thereof, and wherein the diluent liquid passing inside said hollow pipe is heated through the heating film and said at least two pipe heaters are provided with temperature sensors which are electrically connected to the controller and are configured to measure a temperature of said diluent liquid exiting from said at least two pipe heaters.

US Pat. No. 10,966,566

FOAMING DEVICE

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A system for providing a fluid foam on demand, the system comprising a pumping and foaming device comprising a pumping and foaming unit rotatable around a shaft by a driver, the pumping and foaming unit comprising a pumping element configured for rotation that pumps both air and fluid and mixes the air with the fluid to form a mixture; the pumping and foaming unit further comprising a foaming element configured for relative rotation in a foaming chamber to drive the mixture of the air and the fluid from the pumping element under a certain level of shear stress which foams the mixture, the system further comprises a driving member configured for driving in rotation the pumping and foaming unit, and the system further comprises an external air inlet through which the air enters the pumping and foaming device, and the system further comprises an adjustable valve configured for regulating an amount of the air entering the pumping and foaming device.

US Pat. No. 10,966,565

FROTHING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

BRIGGO, INC., Austin, TX...

1. An automated beverage generating system, comprising:an electronic processor having one or more electrical inputs and one or more electrical outputs; and
an electronic memory device electrically coupled to the electronic processor and having instructions stored therein,
wherein the electronic processor is configured to access the memory device and execute the instructions stored therein such that the electronic processor is configured to:
receive one or more electrical signals representative of an order for a specified beverage;
acquire a desired total amount and a desired fat content of milk needed for producing the specified beverage;
determine an amount of each of two or more milk products each having a different fat content needed for producing the specified beverage;
acquire an overall fat content for the specified beverage;
determine a fat content of an additive needed in addition to the two or more milk products to generate the specified beverage with the desired overall fat content, wherein the fat content of the additive is determined based at least in part on the desired milk fat content and the desired overall fat content; and
cause the determined amounts of the two or more milk products to be automatically dispensed to produce the specified beverage having the desired total amount and the desired fat content of milk.

US Pat. No. 10,966,564

SYSTEM FOR PREPARING A QUANTITY OF BEVERAGE SUITABLE FOR CONSUMPTION

Koninklijke Douwe Egberts...

1. A system for preparing a quantity of beverage suitable for consumption, the system comprising:optionally a first exchangeable capsule having a first lid and a first body comprising a first sidewall, a first bottom attached to a first end of the first sidewall and a circumferential outwardly extending first rim attached to a second end of the first sidewall, the first and second end of the first sidewall laying opposite each other wherein the first lid is attached to the first rim for closing a first filling opening of the first body;
a second exchangeable capsule having a second lid and a second body comprising a second sidewall, a second bottom attached to a first end of the second sidewall and a circumferential outwardly extending second rim attached to a second end of the second sidewall, the first and second ends of the second sidewall laying opposite each other wherein the second lid is attached to the second rim for closing a second filling opening of the second body; and
an apparatus including a first brew chamber part having a cavity bounded by a chamber inner wall and a chamber bottom of the first brew chamber part wherein the cavity is arranged for selectively holding one of the first and second exchangeable capsules, wherein the first brew chamber part further comprises a chamber fill opening for selectively loading the first or second capsule into the first brew chamber part wherein the chamber bottom and the chamber fill opening lay opposite each other and wherein the first brew chamber part is further provided with at least one knife extending from the chamber bottom in the direction of the chamber fill opening, wherein the apparatus further comprises a second brew chamber part for closing the chamber fill opening of the first brew chamber part wherein the first brew chamber part and the second capsule are adapted to each other such that the second bottom of the second capsule is pierced by the at least one knife if the second capsule is loaded into a brewing position of the second exchangeable capsule in the first brew chamber part and the first brew chamber part is closed by the second brew chamber part,
wherein the second brew chamber part has an extraction plate for abutting against the first or second lid if the first or second capsule is in its brewing position respectively, the extraction plate including a central portion and a peripheral portion, the central portion being axially movable relative to the peripheral portion from a first position to a second position and vice versa wherein if the first brew chamber part is closed by the second brew chamber part a first distance exists in axial direction of the first brew chamber part between the central portion and the brew chamber bottom if the central portion is in the first position and a second distance exists between the central portion and the brew chamber bottom if the central portion is in the second position wherein the first distance is smaller than the second distance;
the system further including a mechanism for locking the central portion in the first position when the cavity holds the first exchangeable capsule in its brewing position wherein the central portion lays against the first lid and for pushing the central portion in the second position by means of the second capsule against the force of a spring when the first brew chamber part holds the second exchangeable capsule in its brewing position wherein the central portion lays against the second lid, wherein the first brew chamber part has a first portion extending from the bottom in the direction of the chamber fill opening and a second portion extending from the first portion in the direction of the chamber fill opening, wherein the first portion has a largest inner diameter which is smaller than a smallest inner diameter of the second portion wherein the second capsule is dimensioned such that if the second capsule is located in the first brew chamber part in its brewing position the second rim is distanced in an axial direction of the first brew chamber part from a portion of the chamber inner wall of the first brew chamber part which is formed by the second portion wherein the first brew chamber part is further provided with an alignment cap which is movable in an axial direction of the first brew chamber part between a retracted position wherein the knives extend through an opening of the alignment cap and an extended position wherein the alignment cap protrudes beyond the at least one knife as seen from the fill opening of the first brew chamber part and vice versa, wherein the first brew chamber part is further provided with a resilient element which applies a force to the alignment cap in the direction from the first position to the second position wherein the second capsule and the first brew chamber part are adapted to each other such that the bottom of the second capsule is centralized within the first brew chamber part if the second capsule is loaded in the first brew chamber part.

US Pat. No. 10,966,563

BEVERAGE PREPARATION APPARATUS COMPRISING A MIXING CHAMBER

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. Beverage preparation apparatus, the apparatus comprising at least one chamber for receiving and mixing an aqueous liquid and at least one soluble beverage ingredient, the chamber comprising:a cylindrical lateral side wall comprising a liquid inlet;
a bottom wall comprising a beverage outlet;
wherein the liquid inlet is positioned close to the bottom of the chamber, and
wherein the liquid inlet is configured so that the liquid is introduced in the chamber as a straight jet of liquid, said introduced straight jet extending horizontally and transversely through the internal volume of the chamber along a line, the line being offset relative to the longitudinal central axis of the chamber,
the chamber comprises a first internal bump rising from the bottom wall of the chamber, the first bump separating:
a first area of the bottom wall wherein the introduced straight jet extends horizontally and transversely through the internal volume of the chamber along a line,
from a second area of the bottom wall comprising the beverage outlet,
and
the chamber comprises a second bump rising from the bottom and extending from the lateral side wall of the chamber and presenting a shape designed:
to convert the introduced straight jet of liquid extending horizontally and transversely through the internal volume of the chamber into a swirl upwardly rising along the lateral side wall of the chamber, and
to guide the swirl so that it flows along the line in front of the liquid inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,966,562

MACHINE FOR BREWING TEA

1. A machine for the preparation of tea, the machine comprising:a housing;
a positioning surface adapted to receive a beverage container,
a brewing container adapted to receive one or more tea bags or tea powder,
a water container or a tap water connection,
a pump adapted to pump water,
a heating system adapted to heat the brewing container or the water being pumped,
a drain adapted to discharge prepared tea from the brewing container into the beverage container, and an electrically actuatable drain valve moveable from an open state to a closed state, wherein in the closed state the drain valve prevents the flow of tea therethrough,
a water outlet adapted to deliver water to the brewing container,
a control panel configured to receive tea preparation information, and
a control unit configured to control the pump, the heating system, and the drain valve so that the amount of water, the water temperature, and the amount of time the water is in the brewing container can be adjusted in response to the tea preparation information.

US Pat. No. 10,966,561

PORTABLE DEVICES FOR PREPARING AND TRANSPORTING BREWABLE BEVERAGES

TEANGO TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A portable beverage brewing device comprising:a container body open at one end and forming an interior chamber configured to contain a fluid;
a spinning apparatus contained in the interior chamber of the container body;
a lid; and
a brewing canister positioned in the interior chamber, the brewing canister comprising:
an inner canister comprising at least one opening; and
an outer canister comprising at least one opening;
the inner canister positioned within the outer canister to form a brewing chamber; the inner canister, the outer canister, or both rotatable such that the at least one opening of the inner canister and the at least one opening of the outer canister align in an open position or unalign in a closed position; and
wherein the lid comprises an actuator operable to rotate the inner canister, the outer canister, or both to modulate between the open position and the closed position, such that the fluid is able to flow in and out of the brewing chamber when in the open position and is unable to flow in and out of the brewing chamber when in the closed position;
the device operable to contain a brewing material in the brewing chamber and regulate fluid flow between the interior chamber and the brewing chamber to brew the brewing material.

US Pat. No. 10,966,560

FULLY AUTOMATED COOKING SYSTEM

1. A fully automated cooking system, comprising:a mobile transport device comprising a drive wheel set, a circulating conveyor belt extending around said drive wheel set and a plurality of brackets disposed on said circulating conveyor belt, said drive wheel set driving said circulating conveyor belt to rotate, said circulating conveyor belt carrying said brackets to make a horizontal loop movement;
a station area system defining a feeding station area, a heating station area, a discharging station area and a cleaning station area at different locations;
a plurality of cooking devices respectively mounted on said brackets, each said cooking device comprising a swivel mechanism disposed on one respective said bracket and a heating container connected to said swivel mechanism, said cooking devices being driven by said brackets to move horizontally between said station areas of said station area system, said swivel mechanism being adapted for driving said heating container connected thereto to flip cooked food at said discharging station area; and
a plurality of heating devices set in said heating station area of said station area system, said plurality of heating devices each being selectively an electric heating device or a fuel gas heating device and adapted for transferring heat to each said heating container passing through said heating station area to cook ingredients in said heating container.

US Pat. No. 10,966,559

MULTIFUNCTIONAL JUICING NET STRUCTURE OF JUICING DEVICE

Chin Jui Lien, Taichung ...

1. A multifunctional juicing net structure of a juicing device, comprising:a juice cup, having an inner cup portion, a residue outlet and a juice outlet disposed therein, a positioning seat disposed at the center of the inner cup portion, two residue stop ribs and a residue discharge opening disposed at the trisection-point position of the periphery of the positioning seat, and the residue discharge opening being communicated with the residue outlet, an inner peripheral sidewall disposed around the inner cup portion and communicated with the juice outlet, and the inner peripheral sidewall having an upper sidewall and a lower sidewall, and a juice-stop rib block formed at the gap between the two residue stop ribs disposed around the positioning seat and configured to be corresponsive to the upper sidewall and the residue discharge opening, and a first juicing rib being disposed at the position of the lower sidewall relative to the bottom of the juice-stop rib block and the position of the and juice outlet separately, and a plurality of second juicing ribs disposed at the positions of the lower sidewall which are opposite to the residue stop rib and the residue discharge opening; a juicing net cup, having a shaft seat disposed at the center thereof, a residue discharge opening formed at the trisection-point positions around the shaft seat separately, and a peripheral sidewall formed around the periphery of the juicing net cup, and the peripheral sidewall having an upper peripheral sidewall and a lower peripheral sidewall, and the upper peripheral sidewall having a plurality of grinding ribs installed at the positions opposite to the residue discharge openings around the periphery of the shaft seat respectively, and the lower peripheral sidewall having a plurality of first juicing holes formed relative to the bottom thereof and the grinding ribs respectively, and the upper peripheral sidewall having at least two juice discharge nets disposed at the intervals between the residue discharge openings around the shaft seat, and the lower peripheral sidewall having a second juicing hole formed relative to the bottom of the juice discharge net, and a seal ring being disposed at the bottom of the shaft seat, and the juicing net cup being received into the inner cup portion of the juice cup, and the positioning seat of the shaft seat and seal ring being configured to be opposite to the bottom of the inner cup portion, and the plurality of first juicing ribs and second juicing rib disposed on the lower sidewall of the inner peripheral sidewall of the inner cup portion being inserted into the plurality of first and second juicing holes of the lower peripheral sidewall respectively, and a filter hole being formed at the gap produced after the plurality of first and second juicing ribs are inserted into the plurality of first and second juicing holes, and the juice discharge net being selectively configured to be corresponsive to the juice outlet of the juice cup.

US Pat. No. 10,966,558

RETROFIT CURTAIN ASSEMBLY

KLEENEDGE, LLC, Seattle,...

1. A vertical load hanger bracket for the attachment of a curtain track to a room wall, comprising a body with a 90 degree arced loading channel having a vertical opening and a horizontal opening therefrom, said loading channel intersected by a lock channel so as to share said horizontal opening, said lock channel residing within said body above said loading channel, and said lock channel terminating at a closed drop-down pocket that resides below said lock channel and above said loading channel so as to receive and lock a last curtain hook of a plurality of curtain hooks of a curtain in said drop-down pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,966,557

UTENSIL RETENTION ORGANIZER

1. An eating utensil organizer comprising:a base providing a lower support surface adapted to provide a stabilized surface for placement on a table or high chair tray;
a housing forming an outer perimeter;
a vertical housing support for connecting the housing to the base; and
a plurality of utensil supports each connecting to a utensil to said outer perimeter in a cantilevered fashion via a tether;wherein each said tether has a length sufficiently long such as to accommodate a parent or child being able to grasp and move the utensil from the organizer to between a feeding position and a table setting and said length is sufficiently short such as to prevent the utensil from hitting a floor if dropped from a table top or high chair.

US Pat. No. 10,966,556

INTERLOCKING HANGERS

1. An interlocking hanger, comprising:a frame portion;
a hook portion operably coupled to said frame portion for suspending said frame portion;
a support portion operably coupled to said frame portion, said support portion having a front side and a back side; and
a lock having a catch, an aperture, and an actuator;
wherein:
said catch has an extension and a lip;
said catch extends from said front side of said support portion, said extension being between said lip and said front side of said support portion;
said aperture has a front perimeter on said front side of said support portion, said front perimeter being contained in a first plane;
said aperture has a back perimeter on said back side of said support portion;
said aperture extends from said front perimeter to said back perimeter;
a surface area of said front perimeter is greater than a maximum cross-sectional area of said catch in planes parallel to said first plane;
said actuator is on said front side of said support portion; and
said actuator is movable between a retracted configuration at which said aperture is uncovered and an engaged configuration at which said actuator partially covers said aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,966,555

DRINKING DRAMATIZATION GLASS AND REMOTE TOAST COUNTER SYSTEM

NETAPPLI CO., LTD., Ishi...

1. A drinking dramatization glass, comprising:a glass body being a bottomed cylinder with a top opening;
a storage part for storing a communication device having an image display part that displays images, a wireless communication part equipped with an antenna, a voice output part that outputs voices, and a control part that controls the image display part, the wireless communication part, and the voice output part; and
a transparent part through which to view, from an exterior, images displayed on the image display part;
characterized in that:
a first radio-wave transmission surface, made of a dielectric substance capable of letting radio waves pass through, is formed on a side face of the glass body;
the storage part is placed inside the glass body, where a dielectric substance capable of letting radio waves pass through is filled inside the storage part, and a second radio-wave transmission surface, made of a dielectric substance capable of letting radio waves pass through, is formed on a side face of the storage part;
the first radio-wave transmission surface and the second radio-wave transmission surface are placed at a close-enough distance from each other so that they can let radio waves pass through in a condition where a drink is present between them; and
the storage part manifests, when a periphery thereof is surrounded by a drink, a waveguiding function of letting radio waves pass through an interior thereof, p1 wherein the communication device is a mobile communication device storing the image display part, the wireless communication part, the voice output part, and the control part in a single enclosure; and
the storage part has an insertion opening through which to insert the communication device into the storage part.

US Pat. No. 10,966,554

DRINKING DRAMATIZATION GLASS, DRINKING DRAMATIZATION SYSTEM, REMOTE TOAST COUNTER SYSTEM, STORAGE MEDIUM AND DRINK FREEZE CONTAINER

NETAPPLI CO., LTD., Ishi...

1. A drinking dramatization glass, comprising:a glass body being a bottomed cylinder with a top opening;
a fixing mechanism for fixing an image display device on a side face of the glass body;
a transparent part for viewing, from an exterior of the glass body, an image displayed on an image display part of the image display device; and
a beam splitter placed inside the glass body;
characterized in that the image displayed on the image display part is spectrally dispersed into two images, wherein the two images are a reflected image and a transmitted image, by the beam splitter, and the reflected image and transmitted image pass through the transparent part and reach the exterior of the glass body.

US Pat. No. 10,966,553

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A SHAWL BLANKET WITH FEET POCKETS FOLDABLE INTO A PILLOW

1. A shawl blanket taking the form of a shawl that is configured to be worn around a user's neck, the shawl blanket foldable into a pillow, the shawl blanket comprising:a top planar surface and a bottom planar surface, the shawl blanket comprising an upper body portion, the shawl blanket having a “U” shape with a bend such that the shawl blanket is wearable around the user's neck, the shawl blanket further comprising a first prong and a second prong extending downward from the upper body portion, the first prong having a first end and the second prong having a second end, wherein the second end is symmetrical to the first end along a vertical axis;
a first pocket and a second pocket, the first pocket and the second pocket each having four side edges, wherein the first pocket is formed on the first prong and the second pocket is formed on the second prong, wherein the first pocket and the second pocket each include a pocket opening and are secured to the first prong and the second prong respectively along three of the four side edges;
a first fold located half way between an outer edge of the first prong and an outer edge of the second prong, along which the outer edge of the first prong and the outer edge of the second prong are folded toward each other at the first fold;
a second fold located between an end portion of the upper body portion and the first end, in which the end portion of the upper body portion is taken and folded toward the first end at the second fold;
a third fold located between the second fold and the first end, in which a folded portion of the shawl blanket is taken and folded toward the first end at the third fold; and
a fourth fold located between the third fold and the first end, in which a second folded portion of the shawl blanket is taken and folded toward the first end and the second end at the fourth fold.

US Pat. No. 10,966,552

CUSHIONING POSTERIOR FULCRUM BACK SHAPER

CREATRIX SOLUTIONS LLC, ...

1. A cushioning posterior fulcrum back shaper comprises:a back shaper;
a neck shaper;
a first grooved channel;
the back shaper comprises a semicircular prismatic body, a sacrum-supporting depression, and a pelvis-supporting depression;
the neck shaper comprises an elongated body, a first interlocking arm, and a second interlocking arm;
the sacrum-supporting depression and the pelvis-supporting depression being integrated into a rounded lateral surface of the semicircular prismatic body;
the sacrum-supporting depression and the pelvis-supporting depression being positioned opposite to each other about the rounded lateral surface of the semicircular prismatic body;
the first interlocking arm being terminally connected to the elongated body;
the second interlocking arm being terminally connected to the elongated body, opposite the first interlocking arm;
the elongated body being rotatably mounted to the semicircular prismatic body with the first interlocking arm and the second interlocking arm;
the elongated body being positioned between the pelvis-supporting depression and the sacrum-supporting depression; and,
the first grooved channel traversing from the sacrum-supporting depression to the pelvis-supporting depression.

US Pat. No. 10,966,551

PILLOW COVER AND PILLOW

Fabrictech 2000, LLC, Fa...

1. A pillow comprising:a rectangular shaped top sheet and a rectangular shaped bottom sheet stitched together along three edges to define an inner chamber having an opening on a fourth edge;
a removable insert placed in the inner chamber;
a plurality of equally sized compartments extending in the length and width directions and covering the outer surface of the top sheet opposite the inner chamber, each compartment defining a fiber filled cavity;
an envelope connected to the bottom sheet adjacent to the inner chamber, the envelope having an opening aligned with the opening of the inner chamber;
a removable pad contained within the envelope, the pad comprising gel covered foam; and
a releasable fastener connecting the top sheet and the bottom sheet at the opening of the inner chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,966,550

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ANIMATING A PLANT

HELLO TOMORROW INC., Paw...

1. A plant supporting and animating device, comprising:an outer plant pot having an outer plant pot interior volume;
an inner plant pot having an inner plant pot interior volume, the inner plant pot mounted within the outer plant pot interior volume and sized, dimensioned, and configured to house a plant therein;
a gimbal mechanism disposed within the outer plant pot interior volume and supporting the inner plant pot in such a way that the inner plant pot moves relative to the outer plant pot, wherein the gimbal mechanism having a yoke mounted within the outer plant pot interior volume, a pivoted support mechanism at the yoke for supporting the inner plant pot within the outer plant pot interior volume, a tilt link at the pivoted support mechanism to facilitate vertical longitudinal inner plant pot movements at the pivoted support mechanism;
a motor actuator mechanically coupled with the tilt link for movement of the inner plant pot relative to the outer plant pot; and
an electronic processor control module in electronic communication with the motor actuator for controlling inner plant pot movements.

US Pat. No. 10,966,549

PLANAR DISPLAY ASSEMBLY

LIBERTY HARDWARE MFG. COR...

1. A retail method for customizable mirror assemblies comprising:providing at least one mirror pane;
providing a mounting hardware kit to mount the at least one mirror pane to an upright support surface;
providing a plurality of frames with varying sizes or varying styles, the plurality of frames each sized to receive the at least one mirror pane;
installing elastically deformable hardware to one of the plurality of frames to interchangeably mount the one of the plurality of frames to the at least one mirror pane; and pane;
pressing the one of the plurality of frames to the at least one mirror pane after the elastically deformable hardware is installed, to elastically deform the hardware and to mount the one of the plurality of frames to the at least one mirror pane;
providing the elastically deformable hardware about an inner periphery of the one of the plurality of frames; and
inserting an end of the mirror pane into the one of the plurality of frames beneath at least one retainer.

US Pat. No. 10,966,548

TRUSS BASED DISPLAY SYSTEM

Behr Process Corporation,...

1. An adjustable truss structure comprising:a truss member;
a first channel having a first slot, the first channel being attached to the truss member;
a rail having a second slot;
an anchor attached to the rail, the anchor having a member rotatable to a first position where the member is insertable into the first slot and rotatable to a second position to engage with a surface of the first channel, enabling the rail to be selectively moved relative to the first channel and locked into a selected fixed position relative to the first channel; and
a support member having a second channel with a U-shaped cross-section, the second channel being hooked into the second slot and being slidable in the second slot.

US Pat. No. 10,966,547

AIR GUIDING STRIP FOR REFRIGERATORS

Aerofoil Energy Limited, ...

1. A refrigerator having an open front, the refrigerator comprising:an air curtain system having an upper air egress and a lower air-recovery ingress, the air curtain system being configured to produce an air curtain over at least part of the open front of the refrigerator; and
a plurality of shelves between the upper air egress and the lower air-recovery ingress including:
a first shelf, an airfoil positioned in front of the first shelf, the first shelf being located in an upper half of the refrigerator;
a second shelf located below the first shelf, no airfoil positioned in front of the second shelf; and
a third shelf located above the first shelf, the third shelf being the only shelf located above the first shelf, no airfoil positioned in front of the third shelf.

US Pat. No. 10,966,546

PRODUCT MANAGEMENT DISPLAY SYSTEM

RTC Industries, Inc., Ro...

1. A product management display system comprising:a tray having a front curved portion and a surface defining a plurality of apertures;
a tip extending from the front curved portion of the tray wherein the tip has a first edge, a second edge, and a third edge and wherein at least two of the edges are substantially straight;
a front wall having an upper member, a first sidewall, and a second sidewall, wherein the upper member and the first and second sidewalls define an opening, wherein the front wall is configured to engage at least a portion of the front curved portion of the tray;
a first divider having a forward edge and a second divider having a forward edge each of the first divider and the second divider attached to the tray, wherein a rear edge of the first sidewall is arranged proximate the forward edge of the first divider, and wherein a rear edge of the second sidewall is arranged proximate the forward edge of the second divider; and
a pusher configured to engage the tray, wherein the pusher further includes a paddle and a coil spring, and wherein a forward portion of the tray is configured to receive an end of the coil spring.

US Pat. No. 10,966,545

TRANSFORMABLE BABY ACTIVITY CENTER WITH ARCH

Mattel, Inc., El Segundo...

1. A baby activity center comprising:a foldable mat having a first edge and a second edge;
a first bendable wing connected to the first edge of the foldable mat, the first bendable wing having a first inner side, an opposite first outer side, and a first opening extending through both the first inner side and the first outer side of the first bendable wing;
a second bendable wing connected to the second edge of the foldable mat, the second bendable wing having a second inner side, an opposite second outer side, and a second opening extending through both the second inner side and the second outer side of the second bendable wing; and
an arch having a first end and a second end coupled to the foldable mat, the arch bridging the first and second edges of the foldable mat and being positionable in an upright position where the arch is substantially perpendicular to the foldable mat and a recumbent position where the arch is substantially parallel to the foldable mat.

US Pat. No. 10,966,544

TRAVEL BASSINET

Wonderland Switzerland AG...

1. A travel bassinet, comprising:a lower frame, comprising:
a pivoting joint module;
a first structural member pivotally connected with the pivoting joint module, the first structural member being adapted to switch between a folded position and an unfolded position;
a second structural member pivotally connected with the pivoting joint module and opposite to the first structural member, the second structural member being adapted to switch between the folded position and the unfolded position; and
a plurality of legs comprising a first leg and a second leg pivotally connected with two ends of the first structural member, and further comprising a third leg and a fourth leg pivotally connected with two ends of the second structural member; and
an upper frame assembled with the lower frame, the upper frame comprising:
a plurality of holders comprising a first holder and a second holder respectively disposed on the first leg and the second leg, and further comprising a third holder and a fourth holder respectively disposed on the third leg and the fourth leg;
a fixed end structure, two ends of the fixed end structure being respectively disposed on the first holder and the second holder;
a foot structure connected between the third holder and the fourth holder, the foot structure being moved far from the fixed end structure while the first structural member and the second structural member are switched to the unfolded position, and being further moved close to the fixed end structure while the first structural member and the second structural member are switched to the folded position; and
a pivoting end panel pivotally connected with the foot structure, the pivoting end panel is rotated to an upward position for enclosing an accommodating space of the travel bassinet and further rotated to a downward position for enlarging the accommodating space.

US Pat. No. 10,966,543

FLOOR SEAT APPARATUS

Regalo International, LLC...

1. A floor seat apparatus for resting on a surface, comprising:a) a base that comprises:
i) an outer wall having a front portion, a right side portion, a left side portion, and a back portion;
ii) an inner wall having a front portion, a right side portion, a left side portion, and a back portion, the inner wall spaced from the outer wall;
iii) an integral base bottom integrally joined to the front portion, right and left side portions and back portion of the inner wall;
iv) the outer and inner walls integrally joined at an integral upper junction extending about the base such that the base is integral and one-piece;
v) the front portions of the outer and inner wall including a post and further including first and second leg openings, the post extending upwardly and being between the first and second leg openings; and
vi) the inner wall and bottom defining a seat receptacle;
vii) wherein the outer wall includes a lower peripheral edge confronting the surface, the lower peripheral edge spaced from the integral upper junction, the outer wall tapering upwardly and inwardly from the lower peripheral edge to the integral upper junction such that the integral upper junction is disposed inwardly of the lower peripheral edge;
viii) wherein the lower peripheral edge includes a front section, right side section, left side section and back section, each of the front section, right side section, left side section and back section curving in a horizontal plane;
ix) wherein the post includes a generally rectangular front side, a generally rectangular rear side, a right side triangular side, and a left side triangular side, the post having an integral post base that extends rearwardly into the integral base bottom;
x) wherein the generally rectangular front side of the post tapers upwardly and inwardly, wherein the generally rectangular rear side of the post extends vertically, wherein the generally rectangular front and rear sides of the post and the right and left side triangular sides of the post form an elongate upper post edge of the post; and
xi) wherein the elongate upper post edge of the post includes front and rear edge portions extending to and between right and left side edge portions, the front and rear edge portions of the elongate upper post edge being longer than the right and left side edge portions of the elongate upper post edge.

US Pat. No. 10,966,542

SEAT-DEPLOYED, VIRUS BODY-SHIELD

GermaGuard LLC, Livingst...

1. A seat-deployable, virus body-shield, the shield comprising:one virus-repellant sheet of fabric operative to cover both a seat portion and a back portion of a chair;
one or more elastic bands embedded into the sheet of fabric along at least part of its perimeter; and
a plurality of drawstrings configured to secure the sheet onto the chair after deployment of the cover onto the chair, a first drawstring of the plurality of drawstrings configured to engage the seat portion when drawn taut and a second drawstring of the plurality of drawstrings configured to engage the back portion when drawn taut.

US Pat. No. 10,966,541

PORTABLE AND REMOVABLE WEIGHT BENCH SEAT COVER

1. A portable and removable weight bench cover set comprising:(a) a carrying pouch with
(i) a wrist strap with a pair of interlocking snap buttons, and
(ii) a zipper, wherein the pouch is openable and closeable via the zipper, and wherein the wrist strap is openable and closeable via the pair of interlocking snap buttons; and
(b) a removable weight bench seat cover with
(i) a top side,
(ii) a bottom side,
(iii) an elastic edge arranged around the circumference of the cover to hold the cover in place on a weight bench when in use, wherein the elastic edge comprises a neoprene material, and
(iv) a pocket at an end on the bottom side of the cover, wherein the cover is foldable and/or stuffable and fits inside the carrying pouch when folded and/or stuffed, and wherein the carrying pouch fits inside the pocket when the cover is unfolded and both the pocket and pouch are located on the bottom side of the cover when placed on the weight bench in use; and
(c) at least one pair of adjustable straps with a plurality of hook and loop fasteners and interlocking snap buttons arranged on the bottom side of the cover to hold the cover in place on the weight bench when in use.

US Pat. No. 10,966,540

REMOTE CONTROL FOR CONTROLLING A MEDICAL APPLIANCE

MAQUET GMBH, Rastatt (DE...

1. A remote-control device for controlling an operating table having a plurality of moveable table components, comprising:a plurality of physical pushbuttons each assigned to control one of the plurality of moveable table components to move in at least one direction, each of the pushbuttons being provided with a visually detectable distinguishing feature for visually distinguishing pushbuttons;
a display unit configured to display a representation of the operating table comprising a plurality of pictograms, each pictogram representing one of the moveable table components; and
a provisioning unit configured to receive assignment information defining a unique association between a pushbutton and a moveable table component to be controlled by the respective pushbutton;
wherein said each pictogram has the same visually detectable distinguishing feature as a corresponding pushbutton to which the one of the movable table components is assigned,
wherein the provisioning unit includes a selection pushbutton configured to receive an input for changing an assignment of a pushbutton from a first moveable table component to a second moveable table component.

US Pat. No. 10,966,539

RECIPROCATING DEVICE

Ko-Po Chen, Taichung (TW...

1. A reciprocating device, comprising:a base;
a moving frame, capable of reciprocating relative to the base;
a shaking unit, having a shaking assembly and a driven assembly, the shaking assembly having a shaft, a first shaking portion, a second shaking portion, and a third shaking portion, the shaft passing through the first shaking portion, the driven assembly being pivotally connected to the second shaking portion, the driven assembly being disposed on the moving frame, shaking of the shaking assembly enabling the driven assembly to move, and movement of the driven assembly enabling the moving frame to reciprocate relative to the base;
an adjustment unit, having an adjustment assembly and a power member, the adjustment assembly being pivotally connected to the third shaking portion of the shaking assembly, the adjustment assembly being connected to the power member, the power member driving the adjustment assembly to change the position thereof, the positional change of the adjustment assembly altering the way that the shaking assembly shakes to adjust a range that the moving frame reciprocates;
a driving unit, driving the shaft to rotate, the rotation of the shaft enabling the first shaking portion to move.

US Pat. No. 10,966,538

STUDIO SOFA WITH POWER HEADRESTS

HHG IPCO, LLC, New York,...

1. A seating unit having an end unit which may be raised and lowered from a closed position to an open position comprising:a base having a seat positioned thereon;
said end unit being supported by a frame;
a cushion supported by said frame for movement relative to the seat between a closed position, where the cushion is horizontally disposed and positioned adjacent to the seat, and an open position through a series of pivotally interconnected links;
a power actuating unit configured to reciprocally move the cushion from the closed position to the open position;
wherein the pivotally interconnected links comprise a first drive link and a second drive link, the first drive link being pivotal about a pin at a distal end thereof, and the second drive link being pivotal about the pin at a median point thereof, whereby the first drive link is connected for reciprocal movement to the power actuating unit;
the first drive link driving the second drive link upward and thereby driving the cushion upward.

US Pat. No. 10,966,537

HYBRID BED FOUNDATION ASSEMBLY

1. A hybrid bed foundation assembly, comprising:a frame assembly including enlongated side members, elongated end members, elongated cross members and elongated brace members;
a bracket assembly interconnecting the side members to the end members, the cross members to the side members and the brace members to the end members,
wherein the bracket assembly also includes side brackets each having a wall with an outer side and an inner side and also having top and bottom ends,
wherein each of the side brackets also has dividers spaced apart and disposed upon the inner side extending from near the top end and terminating near the bottom end, and further has cross pieces interconnecting the dividers and forming slots therebetween, wherein the cross members are removably received and supported in selected said slots, and
wherein each of the side brackets has detents being integral to the dividers and extending into the slots to retain and support a selective said cross member, each of the side brackets also has dovetail connectors disposed on side edges of a respective said side bracket for interlocking with other side brackets to facilitate packaging and transportation of the bed foundation.

US Pat. No. 10,966,536

DEVICES, KITS, AND METHODS FOR MOUNTING A MULTIFUNCTIONAL CLIP

NORELIA LLC, Cooper Land...

1. A folding footrest comprising:a) a top section having a top, a front, and a back oppositely disposed from said front, said top section also having a front piece on the front of said top section, said front piece also having at least one tab formed thereon;
b) a bottom section having a bottom, a front, and a back oppositely disposed from said front, said bottom section also having a back piece on the back of said bottom section, said back piece also having at least one tab formed thereon;
c) a central member having a top end and a top surface, and a bottom end and a bottom surface, said central member also having at least one pair of slots formed therein;
d) wherein the back of said top section is hingably attached to said top end of said central member such that said top section is aligned over said top surface of said central member; and
e) further wherein the front of said bottom section is hingably attached to said bottom end of said central member such that said bottom section is aligned over said bottom surface of said central member.

US Pat. No. 10,966,535

THERMALLY CONDUCTIVE TAPE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a cushion and a seating surface; and
a thermally conductive tape including at least two branches, the two branches coming together at a junction disposed at a central area of the seating surface and extending in a direction parallel with the seating surface, the two branches each having a first end disposed at opposing sides of the seating surface and a second end coupled to the junction,
the thermally conductive tape including a plurality of thermoelectric devices and a lower conductor including a continuous substantially planar lower strip and an upper conductor including a continuous substantially planar upper strip in thermal contact with the plurality of thermoelectric devices;
wherein the plurality of thermoelectric devices are secured to the lower conductor and the upper conductor with a thermally conductive adhesive;
wherein the plurality of thermoelectric devices are configured to change temperature when a voltage is applied to the plurality of thermoelectric devices, wherein the plurality of thermoelectric devices include an upper surface and a lower surface, wherein the upper conductor includes a lower surface, wherein the lower conductor includes an upper surface, wherein the thermally conductive adhesive is disposed between the upper surfaces of the plurality of thermoelectric devices and the lower surface of the upper conductor, wherein the thermally conductive adhesive is disposed between the lower surfaces of the plurality of thermoelectric devices and the upper surface of the lower conductor, wherein a segment of the upper conductor adjacent the plurality of thermoelectric devices and a segment of the lower conductor adjacent the plurality of thermoelectric devices include an outer peripheral portion defining an interior space, wherein the outer peripheral portion includes at least two flexibly resilient first tab members, and wherein the outer peripheral portion also includes at least two flexibly resilient second tab members.

US Pat. No. 10,966,534

SWING ARM MECHANISM FOR TABLET CHAIR

1. An article of furniture comprising:a seat having a first surface to face a user and a second surface opposite the first surface;
a base;
a bearing assembly between the base and the seat, the bearing assembly permitting rotation between the seat and the base at a first frictional resistance;
a tablet; and
a tablet arm having a first end connected to the tablet and a second end connected to the base;
wherein:
the tablet arm and the tablet follow the seat as it rotates,
the seat has a friction bushing attaching the seat to an upper end of the bearing assembly,
the friction bushing frictionally resists rotation of the tablet arm relative to the seat as the seat rotates, and
the friction bushing providing a second frictional resistance greater than the first frictional resistance.

US Pat. No. 10,966,533

WASTE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS FOR HIGH DENSITY VENUES

SNAPBACK SEAT COMPANY LTD...

1. An apparatus for disposing waste at a seat comprising a seat body having a topside for supporting a user and an underside opposite to the topside, the apparatus comprising:a moveable bottom portion mounted below the underside of the seat body, the moveable bottom portion mounted on one or more arms configured to allow the moveable bottom portion to move between an open position and a closed position;
a first waste bag support positioned below the underside of the seat body and a second waste bag support positioned on an upper side of the moveable bottom portion;
wherein each arm comprises one or more springs for biasing the moveable bottom portion into the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,966,532

ROTATABLE ACCESSORY AND FOLDING CHAIR USING THE SAME

Libin Chen, Changzhou (C...

1. A rotatable accessory, comprising:a table top, and
a flipping mechanism;
wherein
the flipping mechanism comprises a first connecting portion and at least two second connecting portions; the first connecting portion is fixedly connected to the table top or the at least two second connecting portions are fixedly connected to the table top;
a front side and a rear side of the first connecting portion are respectively provided with a front second connecting portion and a rear second connecting portion of the at least two second connecting portions;
a compression spring is arranged between the front side of the first connecting portion and the front second connecting portion; the first connecting portion and the front second connecting portion are each provided with a first blind hole, wherein the first blind hole faces the compression spring; both ends of the compression spring respectively extend into the first blind hole and abut on a bottom surface of the first blind hole;
the rear side of the first connecting portion and the rear second connecting portion are connected by a guide hole and a guide column; the guide hole is formed on the first connecting portion, and the guide column is fixed on the rear second connecting portion; or the guide hole is formed on the second connecting portion, and the guide column is fixed on the first connecting portion;
the guide column extends into the guide hole and is slidably matched with the guide hole; wherein when the guide column slides out of the guide hole and rotates around an axis of the guide column by an angle, the guide column extends into the guide hole to be slidably matched with the guide hole; the angle is more than 0 degrees and less than 360 degrees; and
when the guide column is slidably matched with the guide hole, an inner wall of the guide hole is matched with an outer wall of the guide column to prevent the guide column from rotating around the axis of the guide column.

US Pat. No. 10,966,531

ERGONOMIC CHAIR

1. An ergonomic chair, comprising:a support structure,
a seat assembly comprising
a seat, and
a seat mount arranged on the support structure,
a backrest rotatably connected to the support structure through a backrest support,
a rotating mechanism comprising:
a rotating sleeve connected to the backrest support, and
a bearing module arranged within the rotating sleeve, and
a lock mechanism comprising:
a lock handle,
a lock lever with one end pivotally connected to the seat mount and the other end connected to the lock handle,
an elastic component connected between the lock lever and the seat mount,
a lock member extending towards the rotating sleeve from the lock lever,
at least one cutout arranged along the perimeter of the rotating sleeve, each cutout being sized to receive the lock member, and
a slot hole opened into the seat mount, wherein the lock member is movable through the slot hole to shift between a locking state in which the lock member is forced by the elastic component to move into the at least one cutout and a unlocking state in which the lock member is forced by a user against the elastic component to move out of the at least one cutout, thereby the backrest is rotatable and fixed relative to the seat assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,966,530

BACKREST, LUMBAR SUPPORT, CHAIR, ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE FOR OPTIONAL MEMBER, OPTIONAL MEMBER, AND FURNITURE

OKAMURA CORPORATION, Yok...

1. A backrest comprising:a tensile material on which a load support surface configured to receive a load of a seated person is formed;
a frame member that supports an outer peripheral end portion of the tensile material;
an attachment portion which is formed in the frame member and faces the tensile material in a state where the attachment portion is separated from the tensile material in a direction intersecting the load support surface; and
an optional member that is attachable to and detachable from the attachment portion,
wherein the optional member includes an attaching portion which extends in a direction along the load support surface, is inserted into a gap between the tensile material and the attachment portion, and is fixed to the attachment portion,
the attachment portion protrudes from the frame member along the load support surface, and
the optional member includes:
a first member that includes the attaching portion;
a second member that is disposed on a side separated from the tensile material with respect to the attachment portion; and
a connection member that connects the first member and the second member to each other in a state where the attachment portion is sandwiched between the attaching portion of the first member and the second member.

US Pat. No. 10,966,529

PORTABLE WORKSTATION

1. A portable workstation comprises:a chair frame;
a pack;
a backing;
a first telescoping table panel;
a second telescoping table panel;
a first shoulder strap;
a second shoulder strap;
the chair frame comprises a seat, a plurality of folding legs, a first pocket, a second pocket, a first armrest, and a second armrest;
the first pocket, the second pocket, and the plurality of folding legs being peripherally mounted to the seat;
the first pocket and second pocket being positioned opposite to each other about the seat;
the plurality of folding legs being distributed about the seat;
the first armrest and the second armrest being mounted offset from the seat;
the first armrest being positioned adjacent to the first pocket;
the first telescoping table panel being laterally mounted onto the first armrest;
the second armrest being positioned adjacent to the second pocket;
the second telescoping table panel being laterally mounted onto the second armrest;
the pack being laterally mounted to the first pocket, opposite to the seat;
the backing being laterally mounted to the second pocket, opposite the seat;
the first shoulder strap and the second shoulder strap being mounted adjacent to the backing, opposite the second pocket; and
the first shoulder strap being positioned offset from the second shoulder strap.

US Pat. No. 10,966,528

SPRING STOOL

1. A stool, comprising:a base comprising at least three legs with each leg comprising a non-slip member;
a spring-loaded caster coupled to each of the at least three legs;
a lower helical spring coupled to the base;
a connecting member comprising a first end coupled to the lower helical spring, a second end opposite the first end, and a central axis that extends between the first end and the second end, wherein the lower helical spring coupled to the connecting member is configured to permit lateral movement of the first end of the connecting member while the base remains static;
an upper helical spring coupled to the second end of the connecting member;
a rotational joint coupled to the upper helical spring;
a seat coupled to the rotational joint and configured to rotate about the central axis of the connecting member, and wherein the base, lower helical spring, upper helical spring, rotational joint, and seat share a common vertical axis with the central axis of the connecting member when at rest.

US Pat. No. 10,966,527

SEATING ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION

Steelcase Inc., Grand Ra...

1. A seating component for a seating arrangement, comprising:a base member; and
an integrally formed support member coupled to the base member and supporting a seat moveable from an upright position to a reclined position, wherein a first portion of the support member positioned rearwardly of the base member is bendable such that an upper layer of the first portion is put in tension, and wherein a second portion of the support member positioned forwardly of the base member is bendable such that a lower layer of the second portion is put in tension, wherein the upper layer of the first portion and the lower layer of the second portion includes at least one tensile substrate, wherein the at least one tensile substrate has a material property that is different than a material property of a layer of the first portion and a layer of the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,966,526

RECLINING CHAIR

American Leather Operatio...

1. A seat comprising:a seat portion having a front, a rear, and sides;
a backrest extending from the seat portion at an angle, wherein the angle of the backrest is adjustable;
a friction plate located adjacent a pivot point for the backrest;
a resistance assembly comprising:
a compression spring adjacent the friction plate; and
a knob adjacent the compression spring, wherein the knob may be adjusted to change an amount of force required to change an angle of the backrest; and
an extension spring connected to the backrest, wherein the extension spring is neutral when the angle of the backrest is between an upright position and an intermediate position, wherein the extension spring provides resistance to movement of the backrest toward a fully reclined position when the angle of the backrest is between the intermediate position and the fully reclined position.

US Pat. No. 10,966,525

SEMI-FULL ACCESS AND FULL ACCESS FRAMED CABINETRY

TruFrame Cabinetry, LLC, ...

1. A cabinet, comprising:a panel assembly configured to affix to a wall, the panel assembly comprising:
a first side panel, a second side panel, and a bottom panel, each panel having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface of each panel faces an interior space of the panel assembly and the outer surface of each panel forms an exterior surface of the panel assembly, the panel assembly having a front end with an opening having a lateral width and a vertical height, and wherein there is an absence of any frame member extending along substantially the full depth of the panel assembly; and
a face frame connected to the front end of the panel assembly, the face frame including:
a first vertical frame member interconnected to the first side panel and having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface being substantially flush to the inner surface of the first side panel and the outer surface extending laterally outward of the outer surface of the first side panel, the first vertical frame member having a longer dimension extending parallel to the first side panel and a shorter dimension extending perpendicular to the first side panel;
a second vertical frame member interconnected to the second side panel and having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface being substantially flush to the inner surface of the second side panel and the outer surface extending laterally outward of the outer surface of the second side panel, the second vertical frame member having a longer dimension extending parallel to the second side panel and a shorter dimension extending perpendicular to the second side panel;
a top rail extending horizontally between the first vertical frame member and the second vertical frame member, the top rail having a depth that extends approximately perpendicular to the opening of the cabinet box and a width that extends approximately parallel to the opening of the cabinet box, wherein the width of the top rail is greater than the depth of the top rail, and the top rail having a first end directly connected to the first vertical frame member and a second end directly connected to the second vertical frame member; and
a bottom rail extending horizontally between the first vertical frame member and the second vertical frame member, the bottom rail having a depth that extends approximately perpendicular to the opening of the cabinet box and a width that extends approximately parallel to the opening of the cabinet box, wherein the width of the bottom rail is greater than the depth of the bottom rail, and the bottom rail having a first end directly connected to the first vertical frame member and a second end directly connected to the second vertical frame member;
wherein the orientation of the first vertical frame member and the second vertical frame member permit substantially full access into the interior space of the panel assembly across the lateral width of the opening, and
wherein the face frame provides structural support to the panel assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,966,524

FLEXIBLY PARTITIONED DRAWER AND REFRIGERATOR HAVING FLEXIBLY PARTITIONED DRAWER

QINGDAO HAIER CO., LTD., ...

1. A flexibly partitioned drawer, comprising a drawer body with an accommodating cavity, further comprising at least one partitioning member moving in the accommodating cavity along a left-and-right direction for dividing the accommodating cavity, wherein leading and trailing ends of the partitioning member protrude towards front and rear walls of the drawer body respectively to form protruding portions, and sliding grooves fitted with the protruding portions on corresponding sides for the partitioning member to move left and right are formed on the front and rear walls of the drawer body respectively, and penetrate through the front and rear walls of the drawer body to communicate the accommodating cavity to an exterior of the drawer body; two sliding bars are fixed outside the front and rear walls of the drawer body respectively and are guiding the partitioning member to move, a slider connected with the protruding portion fixedly is slidably arranged on each sliding bar;wherein the slider comprises a sliding portion for the sliding bar to pass through and a fixing portion provided on a lower side of the sliding portion and connected with the protruding portion fixedly; and
wherein a strip-shaped rod in a direction consistent with a length direction of the sliding bar is provided on the protruding portion outside the drawer body, and a slot where the strip-shaped rod is insert fixedly is formed on the fixing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,966,523

CONNECTING ROD FOR FURNITURE PARTS

Julius Blum GmbH, Hoechs...

1. A connecting pin for fastening a first furniture part to a second furniture part, comprising:a fastening portion for fastening the connecting pin to the first furniture part,
a holding portion for connecting the connecting pin to the second furniture part,
wherein the holding portion of the connecting pin includes:
a connecting portion facing towards the fastening portion, the connecting portion being configured to connect the second furniture part to the connecting pin in a form-locking manner, the connecting portion including a first protrusion and a second protrusion, the first protrusion and the second protrusion each protruding transversely from the connecting pin with respect to a longitudinal direction of the connecting pin and being spaced from one another along the longitudinal direction of the connecting pin by a recess therebetween;
a neck portion; and
a head portion spaced from the connecting portion along a longitudinal direction of the connecting pin by the neck portion,
wherein the connecting pin is configured such that, when the connecting pin is fixed to the first furniture part via the fastening portion, at least two different second furniture parts can be alternatively connected to the connecting pin by the connecting portion in a form-locking manner and/or by the head portion in a force-locking manner.

US Pat. No. 10,966,522

DRAWER LATCHING ASSEMBLY

International Business Ma...

1. An assembled rack system comprising a rack drawer and a rack wall or frame, the assembled rack system further comprising:a coupling rod having a longitudinal axis, the coupling rod disposed within one or more bearing elements fixably attached to the rack drawer, each bearing element thereof configured to laterally constrain the coupling rod while enabling axial rotation of the coupling rod;
a plurality of latching barbs slippably coupled to the coupling rod;
a corresponding plurality of rotational force elements collectively configured to apply a rotational force to the plurality of latching barbs in a latching direction and resist rotation of the plurality of latching barbs in an unlatching direction;
a corresponding plurality of barb engagement elements, fixably attached to the rack wall or frame, for engaging and latching the plurality of latching barbs when the rack drawer is moved from an open position to a closed position; and
wherein rotation of the coupling rod in the unlatching direction unlatches each of the plurality of latching barbs from the corresponding barb engagement member when the rack drawer is in the closed position and enables a user to open the rack drawer.

US Pat. No. 10,966,521

SELF-LOCKING SLIDE RAIL DEVICE WITH BUFFER MECHANISM

MARTAS PRECISION SLIDE CO...

1. A self-locking slide rail device with buffer mechanism comprising:a slide rail including an outer rail and an inner rail, wherein the outer rail defines a longitudinal axis direction and a horizontal axis direction, and two ends of the outer rail along the longitudinal axis direction are respectively defined as a front end and a rear end; wherein the slide rail has a bottom plate of the outer rail and sidewalls of the outer rail located on two sides of the bottom plate of the outer rail along the horizontal axis direction; wherein the inner rail is disposed on the outer rail, and the inner rail is capable of reciprocally moving along the longitudinal axis direction between an open position near the front end of the outer rail and a closed position near the rear end of the outer rail;
a fixing seat disposed on the rear end of the outer rail, wherein the fixing seat has a body portion and a guiding extension portion, wherein the guiding extension portion is connected to the front end of the body portion and extends towards a direction of the front end of the slide rail, and the fixing seat has a positioning slot formed at the position near the front end position of the guiding extension portion;
a sliding seat slidably disposed on the guiding extension portion and being capable of reciprocally moving between a first position adjacent to the front end of the guiding extension portion and a second position adjacent to the rear end of the guiding extension portion;
a hook member swingably disposed on the sliding seat, wherein when the sliding seat moves to the first position, the hook member is capable of being engaged in the positioning slot so as to fixedly position the sliding seat at the first position;
two springs disposed in parallel with each other on the fixing seat and two sides of the sliding seat along the horizontal axis direction, wherein two ends of each of the two springs are respectively connected to the fixing seat and the sliding seat;
a connecting member disposed on a side of a bottom plate of the inner rail facing towards the outer rail, wherein when the inner rail moves to the closed position, the connecting member is capable of driving the hook member to swing and disengage from the positioning slot, such that the hook member is coupled to the connecting member; wherein the inner rail and the sliding seat are capable of interlinking with each other by the hook member and the connecting member so as to be capable of synchronous movement; and
a buffer disposed on the center of the body portion, and the buffer including a buffer cylinder and a telescopic rod telescopically disposed within the buffer cylinder, wherein a front end of the telescopic rod is connected to the rear end of the sliding seat and is capable of stretching along the longitudinal axis direction, wherein the sliding seat is capable of shortening the telescopic rod when the sliding seat moves toward the second position;
wherein the fixing seat has a first positioning engagement portion that is disposed on the guiding extension portion and protruding toward the front end direction of the slide rail, and the fixing seat further has a second positioning engagement portion disposed between the first positioning engagement portion and the body portion, wherein the slide rail further includes a first positioning hook and a second positioning hook respectively disposed on the positions where the bottom plate of the outer rail corresponds to the first positioning engagement portion and the second positioning engagement portion, and wherein the first positioning hook engages with the first positioning engagement portion, and the second positioning hook engages with the second positioning engagement portion;
wherein two side positioning members are respectively disposed on two sides of the body portion of the fixing seat along the horizontal axis direction, wherein when the inner rail moves to the closed position, the rear end of the inner rail is accommodated between the two side positioning members,
wherein the two side positioning members each have a horizontal connecting portion, a positioning plate and a positioning protrusion, wherein the two horizontal connecting portions are connected to two sides of the body portion along the horizontal axis direction, wherein the two positioning plates ae connected to an end of the respective horizontal connecting portions opposite to the body portion, wherein a spacing between the two positioning plates is greater than a width of the inner rail along the horizontal axis direction so as to accommodate the rear end of the inner rail, and wherein the two positioning protrusions are formed at inner side surfaces of the two positioning plates, and the two positioning protrusions and two grooves of the inner rail correspond to each other in position and complement each other in shape so as to be connected to each other;
wherein two sides of the body portion of the fixing seat along the horizontal axis direction each has a top support portion spaced at a distance from the respective side positioning members in the longitudinal axis direction, and the two-top support portions are capable of respectively abutting against the inner side surfaces of the two sidewalls of the outer rail, and wherein the fixing seat is fixed on the rear end of the outer rail by interference between the two top support portions and the two sidewalls of the outer rail.

US Pat. No. 10,966,520

CABINET LOCKING DEVICE

MARTAS PRECISION SLIDE CO...

1. A cabinet locking device, comprising:a cabinet body, an interior of the cabinet body having an accommodating space, a front side of the cabinet body having an opening end, and the left and right sides of the cabinet body each including a side plate;
at least one movable storage device, two side portions of the movable storage device adjacent to the two side plates being respectively mounted to inner side walls of the two side plates via two slide rails; wherein the movable storage device is capable of moving along a first direction to a closed position by the guiding of the two slide rails so that the movable storage device is disposed inside the accommodating space, and the movable storage device is capable of moving along a second direction opposite to the first direction to an open position by the guidance of the two slide rails such that the movable storage device protrudes from the accommodating space; wherein at least one of the two side portions of the movable storage device adjacent to the two side plates has at least one engaging portion;
at least one locking device, the locking device being disposed inside the cabinet body and being adjacent to the engaging portion; wherein the locking device includes a sliding member, an interference member connected to the sliding member, and a restriction mechanism configured to limit a displacement path of the sliding member; wherein the sliding member is configured to be guided by the restriction mechanism to move to an engaged position along a third direction perpendicular to the first direction or the second direction; or the sliding member is configured to be guided by the restriction mechanism to move to a released position along a fourth direction opposite to the third direction; wherein the position of the interference member is arranged at a position where the interference member interferes with the engaging portion when the movable storage device is moved to the closed position and the sliding member is moved to the engaged position; or is arranged at a position where the interference member does not interfere with the engaging portion when the sliding member is moved to the released position; and
a driving device, the driving device including a traction mechanism and at least one drawstring that is interlocked with the traction mechanism and the sliding member; wherein the traction mechanism is configured to drive the sliding member to move along the third direction or the fourth direction via the drawstring, such that the sliding member moves to the engaging portion or the released position.

US Pat. No. 10,966,519

MULTI-TIER INTERLINKED FOLDING FRAME

1. A foldable storage compartment for storing objects on a shelf when the storage compartment is in an erect position, the foldable storage compartment comprising:a first frame and a second frame;
a first shelf defining a first side edge and an opposed second side edge to the first side edge and a third front edge and an opposed fourth rear edge to the third front edge, the first shelf defining a horizontal axis by a direction from the first side edge to the opposed second side edge, the first shelf being rigid from the first side edge to the second side and from the third front edge to the fourth rear edge, the first shelf being pivotable adjacent the fourth rear edge, and the fourth rear edge being closer to the second frame than the first frame;
a collapsible first side frame disposed adjacent to the first side edge, the collapsible first side frame attached to the first frame and the second frame, the collapsible first side frame being rigid vertically and being collapsible horizontally;
a collapsible second side frame disposed adjacent to the second side edge, the collapsible second side frame attached to the first frame and the second frame, the collapsible second side frame being rigid vertically and being collapsible horizontally;
a pivoting linkage pivotally attached to the first shelf between the third front edge and the opposed fourth rear edge and the first frame;
a second shelf disposed below or above the first shelf, the second shelf disposed between the first and second side frames, the second shelf defining a first side edge and an opposed second side edge to the first side edge and a third front edge and an opposed fourth rear edge to the third front edge, the second shelf being rigid in a direction from the first side edge to the opposed second side edge and being rigid from the third front edge to the opposed fourth rear edge, the second shelf being pivotable about the fourth rear edge of the second shelf and the fourth rear edge of the second shelf being aligned to the second frame;
vertical linkages are pivotally attached to the first and second shelves between the third front edges and the opposed fourth rear edges of the first and second shelves.

US Pat. No. 10,966,518

CONNECTION OF A SUPPORT TO A MOLDED PLASTIC STRUCTURE

Lifetime Products, Inc., ...

1. A table comprising:a blow-molded plastic tabletop constructed using a blow-molding process, the tabletop comprising;
an upper surface;
a lower surface;
a frame receiving portion disposed in the lower surface of the tabletop;
a first frame connecting structure with an undercut disposed in a first portion of the frame receiving portion; and
a second frame connecting structure with an undercut disposed in a second portion of the frame receiving portion; and
a frame connected to the tabletop, a first portion of the frame contacting the first frame connecting structure, a second portion of the frame contacting the second frame connecting structure;
wherein the second frame connecting structure comprises an inwardly extending structure.

US Pat. No. 10,966,517

HYGIENIC DENTAL APPLIANCE CLEANER AND METHOD OF USING SAME

STARBORN SOLUTIONS, LLC, ...

1. A hygienic cleaner for cleaning a dental appliance, the hygienic cleaner comprising:a housing comprising a base and a lid, the lid positionable about an inlet to the base;
a cleaning chamber comprising a tube positioned in the base and a perforated vent connected to the tube, the tube shaped to receive the dental appliance therein, the perforated vent extending into in the lid to define an outlet between the lid and the perforated vent;
a blower comprising a fan to blow air through the tube, through the perforated vent, and out the outlet whereby moisture on the dental appliance is blown out of the housing; and
a mister comprising a sprayer positionable about the cleaning chamber to emit a cleaning fluid onto the dental appliance in the cleaning chamber whereby contaminants on the dental appliance are destroyed.

US Pat. No. 10,966,516

TOOTHBRUSH WITH LIGHT TRANSMISSIVE HANDLE

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A toothbrush handle comprising:a support structure formed of clarified polypropylene, the support structure comprising a web having a thickness in a first direction orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the toothbrush handle of less than 2 millimeters between first and second sides of the web and a plurality of ribs depending from the first and second sides of the web, the plurality of ribs extending parallel to the first direction and having a thickness in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction of less than 2 millimeters; and
a body formed of thermoplastic elastomer disposed on the support structure to at least partially cover the web and the plurality of ribs;
wherein the plurality of ribs comprises a central rib and at least one outer rib, the central rib being longer than the outer rib along the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,966,515

SKINCARE DEVICE

Qyk Brands, LLC, Garden ...

1. A skincare device comprising:a main-body that is a closed three-dimensional shape, enclosing a volume, wherein the main-body comprises two opposing major-sides, a first-major-side and a second-major-side, respectively;
wherein the first-major-side is joined to the second-major-side along a shared boundary that runs along an outer peripheral edge of the main-body such that the volume is enclosed by the first-major-side joined to the second-major-side and by a bottom of the main-body;
wherein disposed at least partially between the first-major-side and the second-major-side and at least partially inside the volume of the main-body are a plurality of electronic components; and
a base that is a separate component from the main-body, wherein the base is configured to be attached to the bottom of the main-body, wherein a bottom surface of the base is curved such that a distance from a top of the main-body to the base is greatest at a middle bottom of the base when the base is attached to the main-body, wherein the base is weighted such that the skincare device stands vertically upright when the skincare device is resting on top of a horizontal surface when the base is attached to the main-body, wherein the bottom surface of the base that is curved is configured for physically pressing against a region of human skin;
wherein the first-major-side comprises a first-pad on an upper portion of the first-major-side and the second-major-side comprises a second-pad on an upper portion of the second-major-side;
wherein the first-pad and the second-pad each have their own respective outer exterior portions that face away from each other and that is configured for physically pressing against the region of human skin;
wherein the plurality of electronic components comprises at least one motor and at least one power-source;
wherein the at least one power-source is operatively linked to the at least one motor so as to provide electrical power to the at least one motor;
wherein the at least one motor is operatively linked to at least the first-pad, such that when the at least one motor is activated vibrations are transmitted to the first-pad; and
wherein the base comprises at least one heater/cooler circuit that is operatively linked to the at least one power-source;
wherein the at least one heater/cooler circuit is part of the base;
wherein the at least one heater/cooler circuit is operatively linked to the bottom surface of the base, such that when the at least one heater/cooler circuit is activated, heating or cooling is provided to at least a portion of the bottom surface of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,966,514

CLEANSING BRUSHHEAD FOR A FACIAL SKIN CLEANSING APPLIANCE

1. A cleansing brushhead for use with a skin cleansing appliance, comprising:an outer brushhead base member, attachable to a handle of the skin cleansing appliance, wherein the outer brushhead base member remains fixed in position during operation of the appliance;
an outer brushhead mounted on the outer brushhead base member, the outer brushhead including at least two spaced sections each comprising a plurality of rows of elastomeric fingers and at least two sections of tufts positioned, respectively, between the spaced sections of elastomeric fingers, wherein each section of tufts comprises a plurality of rows of tufts having a honeycomb arrangement; and
an inner brushhead mounted on an inner brushhead base member, which oscillates in operation by the appliance, the inner brushhead including a plurality of non-circular rows of tufts, wherein the non-circular rows of tufts are hexagonal.

US Pat. No. 10,966,513

SYNTHETIC GOAT HAIR BRUSH

HCT GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITE...

1. A blended cosmetic brush head comprising:a first plurality of fibers each having a diameter of 0.05 mm;
a second plurality of fibers each having a diameter of 0.06 mm; and
a third plurality of fibers each having a diameter of 0.07 mm;
wherein the first, second, and third plurality of fibers are blended in a ratio of 20% first plurality of fibers, 20% second plurality of fibers, and 60% third plurality of fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,966,512

COSMETIC ARTICLE HAVING A MOVABLE APPLICATOR

1. A cosmetic product article comprising:a case, and
an applicator that is fastened to the case but movable relative to the case between a retracted position and an extended position in which the applicator extends outward from the case further than in the retracted position,
the applicator comprising a body and protuberances, at least some of which are arranged so as to be movable relative to the body between a retracted position and an extended position, in which the protuberances extend outward from the body further than in the retracted position,
wherein the applicator comprises an actuator slidably mounted in the body so that it makes the protuberances move from the retracted position to the extended position and vice versa and a member for making the applicator move from the retracted position to the extended position and for making the protuberances move from the retracted position to the extended position wherein the member is arranged to make the protuberances move from the retracted position to the extended position only after the applicator has moved from the retracted position to the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,966,511

PINCH GRIP TOOTHBRUSH HANDLE

F.T.G.G., LLC, Apex, NC ...

1. A pinch grip toothbrush comprising:a brush head;
a neck extending from the brush head to a pinch grip handle having a distal region, a medial region, and a proximal region;
the distal region having a first distal end, a first medial portion, and a first proximal end; the medial region having a second distal end, a second medial portion, and a second proximal end; and the proximal region having a third distal end, a third medial portion, and a third proximal end;
the second distal end connected to the first proximal end, the third distal end connected to the second proximal end, and the third proximal end connected to the neck;
the pinch grip handle having a handle length from the first distal end to the third proximal end of between 3 cm and 6 cm;
wherein the handle has a tapered radial width in a first direction along the first proximal end, second distal end, second medial portion, second proximal end, and third distal end, the radial width in the first direction tapering such that the radial width in the first direction decreases from the first proximal end to the second medial portion and increases from the second medial portion to the third distal end;
wherein the tapered width defines a first finger groove along a first surface of the handle and a second finger groove along a second surface of the handle opposite the first surface in the first direction, the first finger groove and the second finger groove encouraging the use of a pinch grip.

US Pat. No. 10,966,510

FLAT FINGER LOOP

1. A flexible membrane having: a first opening and a second opening, each having a shape and orientation with respect to each other such that it is possible to choose two points along the edge of said first opening so that a portion of the edge of said first opening and a straight line through said two points along the edge of said first opening bound a region of said membrane containing part of said second opening and such that it is possible to choose two points along the edge of said second opening so that a portion of the edge of said second opening and a straight line through said two points along the edge of said second opening bound a region of said membrane containing part of said first opening; whereby the region between said first opening and said second opening is able to contort out of a flat orientation when a plurality of fingers are inserted through one said opening and out of the other said opening, forming a loop around said plurality of fingers, and where said first opening and said second opening are each formed in the shape of a narrow non-inflected curved line having rounded bulbous ends, where a portion of said first opening and said second opening have rounded edge corners and a portion of said first opening and said second opening have square edge corners, with portions of said first opening and said second opening having square edge corners that are abutting, and where said narrow non-inflected curved line is defined as any line segment of any width that is able to fit within the bounds of a region defined by the union of an up to 1 mm wide and up to 20 mm long rectangle tangentially abutting an up to 120 degree portion of a circle with radius of up to 20 mm and where said line begins at the non-abutting end of said rectangular region, and where said narrow non-inflected curved line is joined at either end to the narrow part of an up to 50 mm long teardrop shape with a bulbous end portion with radius of up to 3 mm, and where said second opening is rotated between 160 and 200 degrees with respect to said first opening and spaced apart from said first opening such that the resulting strip of said membrane between said first opening and said second opening has an up to 20 mm width, and where a region of said membrane surrounding said first opening and said second opening is up to 3 mm in thickness and made from a material selected from the group consisting of at least one of the following: thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), polyethylene, polypropylene, polyurethane, vinyl, silicone, a blend of plastics, rubber, natural leather, synthetic leather.

US Pat. No. 10,966,509

CARRYING BOX INTEGRATEABLE IN AN ARTICLE OF CLOTHING

Nexim AS, Sandnes (NO)

1. A carrying box releasably attachable to a portion of a piece of clothing, the carrying box comprisinga top section connectable to a bottom section in a fluid sealing manner,
the bottom section comprises a curved bottom face with a curve radius corresponding with the curve shape of a body part of a human being to be covered by said portion of piece of clothing,
the carrying box further being arranged for releasable interconnection with said portion of piece of clothing via at least one attachment means, wherein the carrying box further comprises:
a compress element configured to be removably secured to an inward top face of the top section; and
a bow shaped connecting means for connecting the top section to the bottom section, the bow shaped connecting means having parallel slider portions arranged for slidable engagement with corresponding locking element attaching portions integrated in sidewalls of the bottom section and the top section;
wherein each of the parallel slider portions includes a vertical wall and two channels positioned on opposite ends of the vertical wall, each of the channels facing inward towards the other one of the channels; and
wherein the channels are configured to slidably receive a corresponding one of the locking element attaching portions of the bottom section and the top section.

US Pat. No. 10,966,508

CAMPING UTENSIL SUPPORT APPARATUS

1. A camping utensil support apparatus comprising:a bottom pole, the bottom pole having a bottom shaft terminating at a spiked tip, the bottom shaft having a lower through hole and an upper through hole extending therethrough;
a main pole coupled to the bottom pole, the main pole having an open bottom side, a main sidewall, and a capped top side, the main sidewall having a pin aperture extending therethrough proximal the open bottom side, the bottom pole being telescopingly engageable through the open bottom side within the main sidewall between a compacted position with the lower through hole aligned with the pin aperture and an alternate extended position with the upper through hole aligned with the pin aperture;
a spring clip coupled to the main pole, the spring clip being coupled through the pin aperture of the main pole and either the lower through hole or the upper through hole to maintain the apparatus in the compacted position or the extended position, respectively; and
a plurality of pegs coupled to the main pole, each of the plurality of pegs perpendicularly extending from the main sidewall, the plurality of pegs being configured to secure a plurality of eating and cooking utensils, each peg of the plurality of pegs having a thin portion coupled fixedly to the main sidewall and a circular endcap coupled to the thin portion.

US Pat. No. 10,966,507

REMOVAL AND RE-APPLICATION BOARD FOR HAIR EXTENSIONS AND PROCESS

INTERNATIONAL DESIGNS COR...

1. A process for removing, storing and re-applying tape-in hair extensions comprising:providing a removal and re-application board, wherein the removal and re-application board has at least 3 serially spaced apart lines;
(a) removing tape-in hair extensions from a user's head beginning at a crown of an individual's head with a first pair of hair extensions;
(b) separating the first pair of hair extensions from each other and from a user's hair, the pair of hair extensions formed by a top hair extension and a bottom hair extension;
(c) adhering said top hair extension of the first pair of hair extensions onto said removal and re-application board on a space above a serially spaced apart line, the serially spaced apart line being the lowest of the serially spaced apart lines on the board;
(d) adhering said bottom hair extension from the first pair of hair extensions onto the removal and re-application board in a space below the serially spaced apart line containing the top of the first pair of hair extensions;
(e) removing a second pair of hair extensions from the user's head that was adjacent to the first pair of hair extensions and in a same horizontal row on the user's head;
(f) separating the second pair of hair extensions from each other and from the user's hair;
(g) adhering a top of the second pair of extensions onto the removal and re-application board in the space above the serially spaced apart line, adjacent to the top of the first pair;
(h) adhering a bottom from the second pair of extensions onto the removal and re-application board in the space below the serially spaced apart line, adjacent to the bottom of the first pair;
(i) continuing to remove the remaining pairs of hair extensions in the same horizontal row on the user's head and placing them sequentially in the serially spaced apart line adjacent the first and second pair of hair extensions; and
(j) continuing to remove the next row of hair extensions under the first row proceeding in rows down the head toward the nape of the neck and adhering the hair extensions to the removal and re-application board on the designated serially spaced apart line proceeding in a direction from the bottom of removal and re-application board to the top of the board.

US Pat. No. 10,966,506

DUAL-PISTON APPLIANCE FOR PROCESSING OF COSMETIC FORMULATIONS

REA Innovations, Inc., S...

1. An appliance for processing cosmetic formulations, comprising:a container;
an internal cup for receiving a cosmetic portion and positioned within the container;
an inner piston having an upper surface;
an annular piston which surrounds the inner piston having a sealing relationship with the inner piston and the internal cup, the annular piston having an upper surface;
a lid with a lower portion positioned so that the upper surface of the inner piston and the upper surface of the annular piston come adjacent thereto in operation when the lid is in place; and
a motor assembly moving the inner piston and the annular piston up and down in a sequence that results in the annular piston and the inner piston alternately coming adjacent the lower portion of the lid, such that the cosmetic portion is moved back and forth between the upper surface of the inner piston and the upper surface of the annular piston to accomplish mixing of the cosmetic portion, wherein the lid is removable so as to present a processed cosmetic formulation for use.

US Pat. No. 10,966,505

WIPING ELEMENT WITH CONCENTRIC SKIRTS

1. A wiping element of axis X comprising:an internal wiping skirt having an upper part and a lower part, the lower part being extended by a wiping lip defining a wiping orifice,
wherein the upper part of the internal wiping skirt is extended by a shoulder connected to an external catching skirt by a holding portion,
wherein at least one annular first groove, open towards the wiping lip, is defined between the internal wiping skirt and the external catching skirt,
wherein the holding portion includes at least one intermediate holding skirt, and
wherein the intermediate holding skirt provides, with the external catching skirt, at least one annular second move, open away from the wiping lip.

US Pat. No. 10,966,504

DOUBLE SHELL POT FOR COSMETIC PRODUCT COMPRISING A MECHANICAL TENSIONING ELEMENT AND ASSEMBLY METHOD

1. A pot containing a cosmetic product, comprising:a shell comprising a bottom so that the pot can be placed on a surface, and a side part, said shell defining an axis along which the side part extends, and
an insert designed to contain the cosmetic product, the insert being designed to be inserted into the shell and fixed on it in an assembled position of the pot, in which the insert and the shell define an interstitial space, wherein the interstitial space extends between the insert and the bottom, and between the insert and the side part,
in which the pot also comprises a mechanical tensioning element of the shell that is in a compressed position when the shell and the insert are in the assembled position, wherein in said compressed position the mechanical tensioning element extends through the interstitial space between the insert and the shell and is axially compressed along the axis of the shell by the insert and the shell,
wherein the tensioning element is fixed to the insert, at least in the assembled position,
wherein the tensioning element extends between the insert and said bottom of the shell in the assembled position, and wherein the tensioning element is flared, the tensioning element is made in a single piece with the insert, and wherein the insert is a single-walled insert.

US Pat. No. 10,966,503

EYE MAKE-UP APPLICATOR AND METHOD OF USE

1. An eyeliner make-up applicator, comprising:a cylindrical body having a first end and a second end, the cylindrical body forming a cavity;
a fluid reservoir positioned within the cavity and is configured to store a fluid;
a first stamp portion integral with the first end and having a first stamp;
a second stamp portion integral with the second end and having a second stamp;
a first cap configured to removably secure over the first stamp portion and configured to removably engage with the first end, the first cap having a first tip, the first tip is in fluid communication with the fluid reservoir;
a second cap configured to removably secure over the second stamp portion and configured to removably engage with the second end, the second cap having a second tip, the second tip is in fluid communication with the fluid reservoir, the second tip has a different geometric shape than the first tip; and
a first tip portion configured to removably secure over the first stamp, the first tip portion having an ink pad in fluid communication with the first tip, the ink pad configured to receive eyeliner liquid from the first stamp and the cylindrical body;
wherein eyeliner liquid is contained within the cylindrical body and is in fluid communication with the first stamp and the second stamp.

US Pat. No. 10,966,502

SWAB ROLLER

BIA-America, LLC, Sarato...

1. A swab roller comprising:an elongated stem having an outer diameter with a first end and a second end;
a casing tube having an inner diameter constructed and arranged to fit over a portion of said elongated stem;
a first covering securable to said first end; and
a second covering securable to said second end; wherein said elongated stem can rotate within said casing tube, allowing said first and second covering to roll over a surface while said casing tube is held in a fixed position relative to said elongated stem.

US Pat. No. 10,966,501

NAIL LAMP WITH COLOR-CHANGING EXTERIOR LIGHTING AND RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

LeChat, Hercules, CA (US...

1. A method comprising:providing an upper housing of a nail lamp comprising a portion having a translucent material;
coupling a lower housing to the upper housing, wherein an enclosed space is formed between the upper and lower housings;
providing a display panel capable of displaying at least two digits;
positioning a first printed circuit board in the enclosed space between the upper and lower housings, wherein the first printed circuit board comprises electronic circuitry comprising a control circuit that is coupled to one or more buttons, accessible from an exterior of the nail lamp, and the display, and
by way of the one or more buttons, a user can select a curing time, which will be displayed on the display panel;
coupling a second printed circuit board to the first printed circuit board in the enclosed space between the upper and lower housings, wherein the second printed circuit board comprises a plurality of interior-illuminating light emitting diodes that are coupled to the control circuit of the first printed circuit board,
light emitted by the interior-illuminating light emitting diodes is directed through apertures into a treatment chamber of the nail lamp, and
when on, the interior-illuminating light emitting diodes emit ultraviolet light; and
coupling a plurality of exterior-illuminating light emitting diodes to the control circuit of the first printed circuit board, wherein light emitted by the exterior-illuminating light emitting diodes strikes a surface of the translucent material, visible from the exterior of the nail lamp,
when on, the exterior-illuminating light emitting diodes emit non-ultraviolet light, the interior-illuminating light emitting diodes emit light in a first direction, the exterior-illuminating light emitting diodes emit light in a second direction, and the first direction is toward the treatment chamber and the second direction is away from the treatment chamber, and
while the exterior-illuminating light emitting diodes are on, a color of the light emitted by the exterior-illuminating light emitting diodes changes to be different colors comprising at least red, green, and blue shades.

US Pat. No. 10,966,500

MULTI-LINER BEARD SHAPING TEMPLATE

1. A multi-linear beard shaping template comprises:a main body;
the main body comprises a front surface, a rear surface, a nose guide edge, a curved-cut edge, a first jawline edge, a comb section, a second jawline edge, and a step-cut edge;
the curved-cut edge being terminally connected to the nose guide edge;
the step-cut edge being terminally connected to the nose guide edge, opposite of the curved-cut edge;
the first jawline edge being terminally connected to the curved-cut edge, opposite of the nose guide edge;
the second jawline edge being terminally connected to the step-cut edge, opposite of the nose guide edge;
the comb section being terminally connected to the first jawline edge and the second jawline edge;
the comb section and the nose guide edge being oriented opposite of each other;
a plurality of indentations;
the plurality of indentations traversing into the nose guide edge;
the plurality of indentations being equally spaced along the nose guide edge;
a plurality of first symmetrical indicators;
the plurality of first symmetrical indicators being positioned adjacent to the curved-cut edge and the first jawline edge;
the plurality of first symmetrical indicators traversing through the main body;
the plurality of first symmetrical indicators being equally spaced;
a plurality of second symmetrical indicators;
the plurality of second symmetrical indicators being positioned adjacent to the step-cut edge and the second jawline edge;
the plurality of second symmetrical indicators traversing through the main body;
the plurality of second symmetrical indicators being equally spaced; and
the comb section being positioned in between the plurality of first symmetrical indicators and the plurality of second symmetrical indicators.

US Pat. No. 10,966,499

POCKETBOOK LIGHT DEVICE

1. A pocketbook light device for illuminating a low light area, the pocketbook light device comprising:an openable carrying accessory;
a housing having a front side and a rear side, the housing mountable within the carrying accessory;
a plurality of lights mounted on the front side of the housing; and
an activation mechanism for activating the plurality of lights;
wherein upon activation of the plurality of lights, the plurality of lights illuminate the interior of the carrying accessory and further comprising:
an attachment mechanism for releasably securing the housing to the carrying accessory wherein the attachment mechanism is a plurality of hooks mounted adjacent a top edge of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,966,498

LUGGAGE WITH EXTENDABLE DOLLY

1. A hand-propelled cart comprising:wherein the hand-propelled cart comprises a suitcase and a rolling telescopic platform;
wherein the suitcase is a hollow rectangular structure;
wherein the rolling telescopic platform is a dolly;
wherein the rolling telescopic platform is a telescopic structure;
wherein the rolling telescopic platform is collapsible;
wherein the rolling telescopic platform is stored within the exterior surfaces of the suitcase;
wherein the hand-propelled cart is a luggage item;
wherein the hand-propelled cart transports a load in addition to the luggage item;
wherein the suitcase comprises a shell, a first plurality of casters, a stowing berth, an extendable handle, and a plurality of fixed handles;
wherein the stowing berth comprising a first lateral slot, a second lateral slot, a first longitudinal slot, a second longitudinal slot, and a clip;
wherein the rolling telescopic platform comprises a supporting frame, a second plurality of casters, and an aft guard;
wherein the second plurality of casters attach to the aft guard;
wherein the supporting frame attaches the aft guard to the suitcase;
wherein the supporting frame comprises a first telescopic beam, a second telescopic beam, a cross brace, a first hinge, and a second hinge;
wherein the first lateral slot is sized and positioned such that the aft guard will insert in the first lateral slot;
wherein the second lateral slot is sized and positioned such that the cross brace will insert in the second lateral slot;
wherein the first longitudinal slot is sized and positioned such that the first telescopic beam will insert in the first longitudinal slot when in a collapsed state;
wherein the second longitudinal slot is sized and positioned such that the second telescopic beam will insert in the second longitudinal slot when in a collapsed state;
wherein the first plurality of casters, the stowing berth, the extendable handle, and the plurality of fixed handles attach to the shell;
wherein the shell is a hollow rectangular block structure;
wherein the shell is a semi-rigid structure with an elastic nature;
wherein the shell forms the exterior surfaces of the suitcase;
wherein the shell contains the collapsed rolling telescopic platform;
wherein the shell comprises an anterior face, a posterior face, a superior face, an inferior face, a port face, and a starboard face;
wherein each of the first plurality of casters is a caster attached to the inferior face of the shell;
wherein the first plurality of casters allow the suitcase to roll along a supporting surface during transport;
wherein each of the first plurality of casters are identical;
wherein the stowing berth is a negative space formed in the posterior face of the shell;
wherein the stowing berth forms a cavity that is sized to receive and store the collapsed rolling telescopic platform.

US Pat. No. 10,966,497

HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR LUGGAGE

1. A handle assembly comprising:a handle; and
two inner tube units mounted on two sides of the handle;
wherein:
each of the two inner tube units includes an inner tube and at least one decorative piece mounted on the inner tube;
the inner tube of each of the two inner tube units is provided with at least one mounting groove;
the at least one decorative piece of each of the two inner tube units is an LED strip; and
the at least one decorative piece of each of the two inner tube units is mounted in the at least one mounting groove of the inner tube.

US Pat. No. 10,966,496

PROTECTIVE CUSHION COVER FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Otter Products, LLC, For...

1. A protective case for an electronic device, the protective case comprising:a rigid outer shell having:
a back portion having a proximal edge, a distal edge, a first lateral edge, and a second lateral edge that is opposite the first lateral edge, and
at least two arms connected to and extending from respective edges of the back portion, each arm formed from a resilient plastic material,
a cushion cover formed from an elastomeric material configured to cover a portion of the electronic device when the electronic device is installed in the protective case, the cushion cover having an interior surface configured to contact an outer surface of the electronic device and an exterior surface opposite the interior surface, the cushion cover including:
at least two reduced thickness portions disposed in predetermined areas of the cushion cover, wherein each of the arms is configured to engage the surface of a corresponding reduced thickness portion to securely hold the reduced thickness portions of the cushion cover to the electronic device,
raised impact areas positioned at corners of the cushion cover and having a thickness greater than a thickness of the reduced thickness portions, the raised impact areas configured to substantially absorb an impact with a hard surface,
a raised pad corresponding to a control mechanism of the electronic device, the raised pad configured to interact directly with the control mechanism to provide interactive access to the control mechanism through the raised pad when the electronic device is installed in the protective case, and
coring comprising recesses formed in the interior surface of the cushion cover to allow portions of the cushion cover surrounding the recesses to compress substantially perpendicular to a plane of the openings while expanding substantially parallel to the plane of the openings to absorb impacts,
wherein the protective case is configured to be assembled by placing the electronic device within the cushion cover to form an assembly, and then by placing the assembly within the rigid outer shell.