US Pat. No. 10,456,063

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING PLEURAL FLUID

Board of Regents of the U...

1. A system for monitoring pleural fluid, comprising:at least one detection unit configured to receive fluid from a pleural cavity of a patient, detect carbon dioxide present in the fluid, and detect a second substance present in the fluid;
at least one processing unit in communication with the at least one detection unit, the at least one processing unit configured to provide a first electrical signal when the at least one detection unit detects carbon dioxide, and provide a second electrical signal when the at least one detection unit detects the second substance; and
an adaptor fluidically coupled to a chest tube, the adaptor comprising a first path configured to direct a gaseous portion of fluid received from the chest tube along a detection path to the at least one detection unit, and a second path configured to direct at least a liquid portion of the fluid received from the chest tube along a drainage path to a fluidically coupled drainage canister.

US Pat. No. 10,456,062

ALIGNMENT OF MANIPULABLE SENSOR ASSEMBLY

THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUN...

1. A method for aligning a surgical tool, comprising a manipulable sensor assembly, to a desired position and orientation, the method comprising:defining a desired position and orientation for a tip of the surgical tool, rigidly attached to an end of a shaft of the surgical tool, relative to a region of interest;
determining a replica surface as a plurality of vectors in a multidimensional space from the defined position, the defined orientation, and an associated model of the region of interest, such that the replica surface represents an expected surface map within a field of view of the manipulable sensor assembly, located on the surgical tool at a known position and orientation relative to the tip of the surgical tool, when the tip of the surgical tool is located in the desired position and oriented at the desired orientation; and
iteratively repeating the following steps until the tip of the surgical tool is in the desired position and orientation:
detecting one of electromagnetic radiation and sound reflected from a surface of the region of interest at the manipulable sensor assembly to provide a surface map of the region of interest, the surface map of the region of interest including a depth at each point on the surface at the region of interest;
comparing the surface map to the replica surface to determine if the surface map matches the expected surface map represented by the replica surface;
determining a rotation for the manipulable sensor assembly to bring the surface map into alignment with the replica surface if the surface map does not match the replica surface, wherein the rotation is determined from the known position and orientation of the manipulable sensor assembly relative to the tip of the surgical tool and the comparing of the surface map to the replica surface; and
altering the orientation of the tip of the surgical tool according to the determined rotation if the surface map does not match the replica surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,061

HOLDING ARRANGEMENT FOR A SURGICAL ACCESS SYSTEM

Nico Corporation, Indian...

7. A holding arrangement for a surgical access assembly comprising:a holder member,
a support member selectively engageable with the holder member,
wherein at least the support member is compatible with a magnetic resonance imaging device;
wherein the holder member further comprises:
one or more legs, each of the one or more legs having a base, a neck portion, and a pair of jaws that are selectively moveable with respect each other, wherein the one or more legs, each base of the one or more legs, the neck portion, and/or the pair of jaws are malleable, and wherein each base is malleable to conform to a non-linear surface and comprises a base opening so that the holder member is attachable to the non-linear surface; and
wherein the jaws are parallel to each other and define a channel, wherein the channel serves as a stop to retain the support member within a notch that is in communication with the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,456,060

DEVICES FOR DETECTING ORGAN CONTENTS USING IMPEDANCE AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME TO PROVIDE VARIOUS THERAPIES

1. A device for detecting organ contents, the device comprising:a body having a detector coupled directly to the body, and at least one detector aperture defined within the body and the at least one detector aperture positioned outside and immediately adjacent the detector, the detector comprising a pair of detection electrodes and a pair of excitation electrodes and the at least one detector aperture sized and shaped to minimize interference that would compromise data obtained by the detector, the at least one detector aperture extending a length from a start of one electrode of the pair of detection electrodes or the pair of excitation electrodes to a start of another electrode of the pair of detection electrodes or the pair of excitation electrodes;
the body configured for external placement at or near an outside of an organ, but not within or surrounding the organ or within a lumen thereof, and the detector configured to both detect a presence or absence of contents within the lumen of the organ using impedance and to distinguish between any contents detected over time based on conductance data by obtaining first conductance data when solid contents are within the lumen, by obtaining second conductance data when liquid contents are within the lumen, and identifying a difference between the first conductance data and the second conductance data.

US Pat. No. 10,456,059

NEUOROLOGICAL CONDITION DETECTION UNIT AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

Forest Devices, Inc., Pi...

1. A method for detecting a neurological condition comprising:attaching evoked electrodes on opposite sides of a body so that a first evoked electrode is positioned on a left side of the body and a second evoked electrode is positioned on a right side of the body at a position that corresponds to where the first evoked electrode is positioned on the left side of the body;
positioning sensors on the opposite sides of the body via headgear to simultaneously position the sensors on the body to detect brain reaction to electrical current passed into the body for a pre-selected number of shocks,
communicatively connecting the evoked electrodes and the sensors to a computer device having non-transitory memory connected to a processor;
positioning a reference sensor on the body so that the reference sensor is located on a central region of a forehead at a location that is between a first sensor of the sensors that is positioned on a left side of a head of the body and a second sensor of the sensors that is positioned on a right side of the head of the body; and
the computer device utilizing the reference sensor to determine that at least one of the sensors needs to be re-positioned so that the sensors on opposite sides of the body have a pre-selected orientation;
the computer device determining that at least one of the sensors needs to be re-positioned so that the sensors on opposite sides of the body have the pre-selected orientation and outputting an orientation warning to indicate at least one of the sensors needs to be repositioned for sensor orientation for repositioning at least one of the sensors on the body;
after the at least one of the sensors is repositioned for sensor orientation based on the orientation warning output by the computer device, shocking the body via the evoked electrodes for the pre-selected number of shocks within a pre-selected time period, the computer device transmitting the electrical current to the evoked electrodes for the shocking of the body via the evoked electrodes, wherein the shocking of the body via the evoked electrodes for the pre-selected number of shocks within the pre-selected time period comprises passing an electrical current into the body via an electricity transmitter of the computer device that is connected to the evoked electrodes;
the sensors positioned on the opposite sides of the body detecting data from the body as the body responds to the pre-selected number of shocks;
the computer device receiving the detected data from the sensors;
the computer device generating at least one of wave forms and curves that identify morphological features for responses from the pre-selected number of shocks that the opposite sides of the body are measured to have based on the detected data received from the sensors;
the computer device comparing the morphological features to determine a difference between a morphological feature for the left side of the body and a morphological feature for the right side of the body that is at or exceeds a pre-selected threshold that is defined to indicate the left side of the body has a different somatosensory evoked potential responding to the shocks as compared to the right side of the body responding to the shocks for indication of a neurological condition requiring treatment, the neurological condition requiring treatment being a stroke; and
the computer device generating a notification to identify a detection of the neurological condition in response to a result of the comparing of the morphological features indicating that the difference between the morphological feature for the left side of the body and the morphological feature for the right side of the body is at or exceeds the pre-selected threshold so that the neurological condition is identifiable prior to transporting the body to a care facility.

US Pat. No. 10,456,058

SENSOR DEVICE OR EEG ELECTRODE AND CAP HAVING A PLURALITY OF SENSOR DEVICES

Brian Products GmbH, Gil...

1. A sensor device suitable for receiving and transmitting signals and for placement on a test person's head, the sensor device comprising:a sensor device holder having an axial through opening;
a sensor device housing disposed in said axial through opening so as to be steplessly axially displaceable, said sensor device housing having a distal side and a proximal side;
said sensor device housing having a radial orientation being maintained upon said sensor device housing being axially displaced relative to said sensor device holder;
a signal pin disposed on said distal side of said sensor device housing for receiving a signal;
a connection disposed on said proximal side of said sensor device housing for signal transmission of a signal received by said signal pin;
said sensor device holder formed of an assembly consisting of a proximal electrode holder upper part and a distal sensor device holder bottom part, said upper part including said axial through opening;
said upper part being rotatable relative to said bottom part in the bottom part, and said upper part not moving axially relative to said bottom part;
said bottom part configured for anchorage in a cap to be worn on the test person's head.

US Pat. No. 10,456,057

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EVALUATION OF ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY SYSTEMS

BIOSIG TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. An electrophysiology (EP) simulator for determining the accuracy of an EP recorder or mapping system in the acquisition of cardiac signals comprising(a) a database connection to a database, wherein the database is configured to store:
i. a cardiac signal expressed in a digital waveform or an analog waveform, and
ii. a simulated body impedance waveform, a cardiac feature waveform, or a non-cardiac signal waveform;
(b) a first circuitry that alters the cardiac signal by combining:
i. the cardiac signal and;
ii. the simulated body impedance waveform, the non-cardiac signal waveform, the cardiac feature waveform, or a combination thereof, thereby generating a digital simulated waveform or an analog simulated waveform;
(c) a D/A converter that converts the digital simulated waveform to the analog simulated waveform;
(d) a first connection to a first test system, wherein the first test system is an EP recorder system or a mapping system;
(e) a second connection to a first evaluator, wherein the second connection couples the EP simulator to an evaluator; and
(f) a second circuitry that provides to the first evaluator:
i. the cardiac signal; and
ii. information about whichever the simulated body impedance waveform, the cardiac feature waveform, or the non-cardiac signal waveform used to generate the analog simulated waveform or the digital simulated waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,456,056

COMBINATION TORSO VEST TO MAP CARDIAC ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...

1. A method, comprising the steps of:clothing a subject in a torso vest having a plurality of sensing electrodes, magnetic location sensors, active current location sensors and patches for establishing galvanic contact with skin of the subject;
without removing the torso vest from the subject, performing the steps of:
placing the active current location sensors and the patches in galvanic contact with a body surface of the subject;
inserting a probe into a chamber of a heart of the subject, a plurality of intracardiac electrodes being disposed at respective locations in the heart;
determining the respective locations using the active current location sensors;
emitting electrical calibration signals from the intracardiac electrodes;
receiving the calibration signals in the sensing electrodes of the torso vest; and
determining relationships between the emitted calibration signals and the received calibration signals in the intracardiac electrodes to map a correspondence between the received calibration signals and the respective locations.

US Pat. No. 10,456,055

DEVICE FOR APPLYING ELECTRODE ASSEMBLIES

1. An apparatus with a plurality of electrode assemblies (10) which can be applied to the surface of the skin (4) of an animal or a human being, by which electrode assemblies voltages and currents can be picked up from the skin surface (4), which apparatus further has a flexible, extendable, retaining element (6) which is formed with a flat or film-like molded piece, whereineach electrode assembly of the plurality of electrode assemblies (10) has a main body (1) and a plurality of pin electrodes (2) which project in the same direction from the main body (1) and are arranged on a common ring (14),
the plurality of electrode assemblies (10) are attached to the retaining element (6), and
the main body (1) of each electrode assembly (10) is connected to the retaining element (6), and the plurality of pin electrodes (2) of all of the plurality of electrode assemblies (10) project in the same direction, wherein a through-going recess (3) is provided in the main body (1) of of each electrode assembly, through which recess a gel (5) can be applied to the skin surface (4) when the plurality of pin electrodes (2) are applied against the skin surface (4), which gel reduces the contact resistance between the skin surface (4) and the plurality of pin electrodes (2).

US Pat. No. 10,456,054

ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAM TRIGGERED RESOURCE DISTRIBUTION QUERY SYSTEM

BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATI...

1. A system for electroencephalogram (EEG) triggered resource distribution action control, the system comprising:a memory device with computer-readable program code stored thereon;
a communication device;
a printing device for printing the resource distribution documents;
a processing device operatively coupled to the memory device and the communication device, wherein the processing device is configured to execute the computer-readable program code to:
identify a transmission from an EEG reader for establishing a baseline EEG reading for the user;
identify a transmission from the EEG reader for establishing a velocity tolerance EEG reading;
store the baseline EEG reading for the user and the velocity tolerance EEG reading for the user in a user EEG profile;
identify the user requesting resource distribution;
locate an EEG reader at a location associated with the resource distribution and form a communicable linkage with the EEG reader at the location associated with the resource distribution;
receive an EEG reading from the EEG reader at the location associated with the resource distribution;
perform comparative spectral analysis to the EEG reading from the EEG reader at the location associated with the resource distribution;
plot, using an EEG reading continuum, the EEG reading from the EEG reader at the location associated with the resource distribution with respect to the user baseline EEG reading and velocity tolerance EEG reading; and
trigger action control alert distribution to a user device associated with the user upon indication of the EEG reading from the EEG reader at the location associated with the resource distribution is between the baseline EEG reading and a high velocity tolerance EEG reading on the EEG reading continuum.

US Pat. No. 10,456,053

HEART RATE MONITOR

QuickLogic Corporation, ...

1. A method for monitoring a heart rate, the method comprising:receiving photoplethysmogram (PPG) signals from a PPG sensor worn by a user;
receiving inertial sensor signals from an inertial sensor worn by the user;
windowing the PPG signals and the inertial sensor signals;
generating a PPG spectrum and an inertial data spectrum for each window of the PPG signals and the inertial sensor signals;
eliminating peaks in each PPG spectrum using the inertial data spectrum from a corresponding window;
determining a plurality of heart rate candidates from remaining peaks in each PPG spectrum and storing the plurality of heart rate candidates;
selecting a heart rate candidate and tracking the heart rate of the user based on the heart rate candidate that is selected;
reporting the tracked heart rate of the user that is based on the heart rate candidate that is selected;
determining a correlation of heart rate candidates in each new window of PPG spectrum to the plurality of heart rate candidates that are stored while continuing to track the heart rate of the user based on the heart rate candidate that is selected;
selecting a new heart rate candidate from the plurality of heart rate candidates that are stored based on the correlation of heart rate candidates and tracking the heart rate of the user based on the new heart rate candidate that is selected; and
reporting the heart rate of the user that is based on the new heart rate candidate that is selected.

US Pat. No. 10,456,052

ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING SEGMENTAL PORTION ON HOUSING THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a housing including a first surface, a second surface opposite to the first surface, and a side surface enclosing at least part of a space formed between the first and second surfaces, wherein the side surface includes a first member elongated along the side surface and formed of an opaque material, and at least one second member dividing the first member into at least two segments and formed of a light-transmittable material;
a display arranged on the first surface;
at least one sensor located in the space partially enclosed by the side surface adjacent to the at least one second member, and the at least one sensor is oriented to detect incident light received through the at least one second member;
a communication circuit electrically connected with at least a part of the first member; and
at least one processor electrically connected with the display, the at least one sensor and the communication circuit,
wherein the at least the part of the first member is used as an antenna radiator, and
wherein the at least one second member insulates the at least two segments from each other, and the at least one second member has a smaller width than a width of a light-receiving unit of the at least one sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,456,050

FERROELECTRIC COMPOSITE MATERIAL-BASED ARTIFICIAL ELECTRONIC SKIN

UNIST (ULSAN NATIONAL INS...

1. An artificial electronic skin comprising: a lower electrode; a first layer laminated on the lower electrode; a hemispherical first micro dome formed on the first layer to stand upright; a second layer laminated on the first layer; a hemispherical second micro dome formed on a lower portion of the second layer which faces the first layer to be interlocked with the first micro dome; an upper electrode laminated on an upper end surface of the second layer; and a pattern layer laminated on an upper end surface of the upper electrode and configured to receive an external pressure applied thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,456,049

MULTI-SENSOR STRATEGY FOR HEART FAILURE PATIENT MANAGEMENT

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A method comprising:sensing a plurality of separate physiologic sensor signals produced using a plurality of sensors, wherein each sensor signal includes physiological information;
detecting a physiological change event from a sensor signal;
determining whether the detected physiological change events are indicative of a change in heart failure (HF) status using a first device-based rule applied to the physiological change events;
determining whether to rule out a positive first rule HF determination using a second device-based rule applied to at least one of the physiological change events;
generating an indication of whether the change in HF status occurred according to the first and second rules; and
changing a patient therapy according to the generated indication.

US Pat. No. 10,456,048

IMPLANTABLE SENSOR DEVICE ADAPTED TO SENSE A CHARACTERISTIC OF A BODY IN VIVO

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A sensor device, comprising:an implantable sensor unit adapted to be implanted into a body, the implantable sensor unit comprising a comparator and a pressure sensor adapted to sense a characteristic of the body in vivo, the pressure sensor being further adapted to supply an analogue signal to a first input of the comparator;
a transponder unit adapted to supply a control signal to the implantable sensor unit and to receive an output signal of the comparator, the implantable sensor unit being adapted to supply an analogue approximation signal to a second input of the comparator in response to the control signal; and
a wired connection flexibly and electrically connecting the implantable sensor unit and the transponder unit, the wired connection being adapted to transmit the control signal and the output signal of the comparator.

US Pat. No. 10,456,047

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING HEMODYNAMICS

Cheetah Medical, Inc., W...

1. A system for monitoring hemodynamics of a subject, comprising:medical leads connectable to an organ at a first part of the body of the subject, and to an organ at a second part of the body of the subject;
a signal generating system configured for providing at least a first output electric signal and a second output electric signal, and transmitting, via said medical leads, said first output signal to said organ at said first part of the body of the subject and said second output signal to said organ at said second part of the body of the subject;
a demodulation system configured for receiving via said medical leads a first input electrical signal sensed from said first part of the body and a second input electrical signal sensed from said second part of the body, and for demodulating each input electrical signal to provide an in-phase component and a quadrature component of each input signal;
a signal processing system having a circuit for combining in-phase components of said first and said second input signals to provide a first hybrid signal, for combining quadrature components of said first and said second input signals to provide a second hybrid signal, and for generating on a display device a graphical output co-displaying said hybrid signals.

US Pat. No. 10,456,046

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR HEMORRHAGE DETECTION AND GUIDED RESUSCITATION AND APPLICATIONS OF SAME

Vanderbilt University, N...

1. A non-invasive vascular analysis (NIVA) system, comprising:at least one sensor, configured to acquire, for a time period from T0 to T2, vascular signals from at least one peripheral vein, artery or perfused tissue of a living subject, wherein the time period is divided into a first time period from T0 to T1 and a second time period from T1 to T2, wherein the at least one sensor comprises a piezoelectric sensor, a resistive pressure/force sensor, a tonometer, an ultrasound sensor, a bioimpedance sensor, or a pressure transducer and is configured to acquire the vascular signals while positioned externally to the living subject; and
a processing device communicatively coupled to the at least one sensor, configured to receive the vascular signals transmitted from the at least one sensor, and perform a spectral analysis on the vascular signals, wherein the spectral analysis comprises the steps of:
processing the vascular signals acquired at the first time period to obtain a first peripheral vascular signal frequency spectrum;
obtaining a plurality of baseline peaks {BN?1} on the first peripheral vascular signal frequency spectrum, wherein N is a positive integer, and the plurality of baseline peaks {BN?1} respectively corresponds to a plurality of frequencies {F0, F1, . . . , FN}, such that BN?1 is a function of FN?1 satisfying BN?1=BN?1 (FN?1), wherein FN is greater than FN?1;
processing the vascular signals acquired at the second time period to obtain a second peripheral vascular signal frequency spectrum;
obtaining a plurality of peaks {PN?1} on the second peripheral vascular signal frequency spectrum, wherein the plurality of peaks {PN?1} correspond to the plurality of frequencies{F0, F1, . . . , FN}, such that PN?1 is a function of FN?1 satisfying PN?1=PN?1 (FN?1); and
determining whether hypovolemia or hypervolemia is present within the living subject by determining whether at least one amplitude of the peaks {PN?1} differs by more than a threshold amount when compared to a corresponding amplitude of the baseline peaks {BN?1}.

US Pat. No. 10,456,045

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A MEASURE OF THE RESISTANCE OF PERIPHERAL VASCULATURE

Vivonics, Inc., Bedford,...

1. A method for determining a measure of the resistance of peripheral vasculature, the method comprising:using a sensor adapted to be placed on a predetermined body part associated with peripheral vasculature to emit light in the near-infrared or infrared spectra to the peripheral vasculature in the predetermined body part and measure light absorbed by the peripheral vasculature to generate output signals proportional to an amount of blood in the peripheral vasculature of the predetermined body part over time;
using a computer subsystem to determine, in response to the output signals proportional to an amount of blood in the peripheral vasculature of a predetermined body part over time, the resistance of the peripheral vasculature using frequency content of the output signals; and
using the determined resistance of the peripheral vasculature to provide feedback regarding an anti-gravity straining maneuver.

US Pat. No. 10,456,044

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING NON-CONTACT ULTRASOUND IMAGES USING PHOTOACOUSTIC ENERGY

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method for generating ultrasound images of a patient, the method comprising the steps of:a) directing a photoacoustic excitation source into a scanning mirror that is configured to transmit acoustic energy into the patient, and translate the acoustic energy in a defined direction at a speed of sound, wherein the acoustic energy induces propagating photoacoustic waves in the patient;
b) translating the acoustic energy along the patient at the speed of sound using the scanning mirror to cause a coherent summation of the propagating photoacoustic waves and, thereby, at least one resultant wave that propagates along the defined direction to probe structures within the patient;
c) detecting vibrations at a surface of the patient created by a backscatter of the least one resultant wave from the structures within the patient; and
d) generating ultrasound images of the structures within the patient using the vibrations detected at the surface of the patient in step c).

US Pat. No. 10,456,043

COMPACT CONFOCAL DENTAL SCANNING APPARATUS

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. A handheld apparatus for scanning, the handheld apparatus comprising:a light source;
a transparency having a spatial pattern disposed thereon and configured to be illuminated by the light source;
a beam splitter having a first surface and a second surface and an image sensor on the second surface, wherein the transparency is bonded onto the first surface of the beam splitter and the image sensor is bonded to the second surface of the beam splitter perpendicular to the first surface to maintain stable relative position between the image sensor and the spatial pattern;
a projection/imaging optics system that is non-telecentric, comprising focusing optics and an exit pupil, the projection/imaging optics system having an optical axis;
a front tip extending from the projection/imaging optics system in the optical axis and comprising a fold mirror at a distal end of the front tip, wherein the projection/imaging optics provide a deviation from telecentricity of a chief ray between the projection/imaging optics system and the fold mirror relative to a scan field size of 3 degrees or more; and
an axial actuator coupled to the projection/imaging optics system and configured to move the projection/imaging optics system in the optical axis relative to the fold mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,456,042

VIRTUAL REALITY IMAGING OF THE BRAIN

Gateway Institute for Bra...

1. A method of imaging a brain of a living patient, comprising:creating and displaying an unconstrained three-dimensional virtual reality image of the brain of the living patient based on a plurality of three-dimensional images captured by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI);
simulating an administration of a drug into brain tissue of the living patient, the simulation including:
displaying a simulated diffusion of the drug in three-dimensional virtual reality image of the brain of the living patient;
displaying simulated brain tissue uptake of the drug in the three-dimensional virtual reality image of the brain of the living patient;
displaying a simulated stimulation of individual neurons in the three-dimensional virtual reality image of the brain of the living patient; and
analyzing a simulated activity of the individual neurons based on at least one predetermined property of the drug;
determining a brain treatment protocol based at least in part on the simulated administration of the drug into the brain of the living patient.

US Pat. No. 10,456,041

MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A medical imaging apparatus, comprising:at least one processor configured to register a pre-imaged medical image with respect to an object based on a first reference point included in the pre-imaged medical image and a second reference point of the object;
a location detector configured to detect movement of a user based on the second reference point; and
a user interface configured to display an image of the pre-imaged medical image that corresponds to the detected movement of the user,
wherein the at least one processor is further configured to recognize the second reference point by detecting a marker on a diagnostic device when the pre-imaged medical image is displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,040

IMAGING DEVICE

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. An imaging device, comprising:an excitation light source that irradiates an excitation light to a subject;
wherein the excitation light excites a fluorophore administered into said subject to produce a fluorescence;
a visible light source that irradiates a visible light to said subject;
a camera capable of detecting the fluorescence and the visible light;
wherein said fluorescence is emitted from said fluorophore due to said irradiation of the excitation light and said visible light is reflected from a surface of said subject; and
an image fusion element that generates a fused image by combining a visible image of the subject and a fluorescent image of the subject imaged by the camera; and
wherein said image fusion element generates a first corrected image by modifying a pixel value of an area of said fluorescent image relative to said visible image using said visible image and said fluorescent image, generates a second corrected image by coloring said fluorescent image and combining said first corrected image and said second corrected image.

US Pat. No. 10,456,039

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A user terminal apparatus comprising:a communication interface configured to communicate with an external electronic apparatus which enables one of a plurality of measurement devices for measuring different types of bio signals to be selectively attached thereto or detached therefrom;
a display; and
a processor configured to:
based on receiving, from the external electronic apparatus via the communication interface, a first identification information of a first measurement device attached to the external electronic apparatus, execute software for driving the first measurement device based on the first identification information, and control the display to display a first user interface screen corresponding to the first measurement device that is generated using the software executed based on the first identification information,
based on receiving, from the external electronic apparatus via the communication interface, a second identification information of a second measurement device attached to the external electronic apparatus, execute software for driving the second measurement device based on the second identification information, and control the display to display a second user interface screen corresponding to the second measurement device that is generated using the software executed based on the second identification information, and
based on receiving a user input through the second user interface screen, transmit, via the communication interface, a control command for controlling the second measurement device based on the user input, to the external electronic apparatus,
wherein the processor is further configured to:
control the display to display a third user interface screen including a plurality of items corresponding to a plurality of medical conditions, respectively, and
based on receiving a user input to select one of the plurality of items through the third user interface screen, control the display to display guide information informing of at least one measurement device from among the plurality of measurement devices to measure a bio signal, among the bio signals, regarding one of the plurality of medical conditions corresponding to the one of the plurality of items that has been selected.

US Pat. No. 10,456,038

CLOUD-BASED PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING SYSTEM

Cercacor Laboratories, In...

1. A cloud-based physiological monitoring system comprising:one or more sensors in communication with a patient so as to generate one or more data streams responsive to changes in one or more physiological conditions of the patient, wherein the one or more sensors include at least:
an optical sensor configured to provide a first data stream responsive to at least one of: pulsatile blood flow or a blood constituent parameter, and
a blood pressure sensor configured to provide a second data stream responsive to blood pressure;
one or more monitors configured to receive the data streams from the sensors; and a cloud server,
wherein the one or more monitors are configured to:
determine whether communication with the cloud server is available or not available;
responsive to determining that communication with the cloud server is not available, temporarily process the data streams locally; and
responsive to determining that communication with the cloud server is available, transmit at least indications of the data streams to the cloud server,
wherein the cloud server is configured to:
process the data streams, including at least the first and second data streams, so as to derive a plurality of parameters and associated parameter measurements responsive to the changes in the one or more physiological conditions, wherein:
a first parameter of the plurality of parameters is indicative of hemoglobin (Hgb) of the patient,
a second parameter of the plurality of parameters is indicative of blood urea nitrogen (BUN) of the patient,
a third parameter of the plurality of parameters is indicative of creatinine (Cr) of the patient,
a fourth parameter of the plurality of parameters is indicative of a plethysmograph variability index (PVI) of the patient, and
a fifth parameter of the plurality of parameters is indicative of a blood pressure of the patient;
determine that the required parameters for deriving a medical index include the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parameters, and that the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parameters are available for deriving the medical index; and
in response to determining that most-recent parameter measurements associated with the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parameters satisfy a time frame mismatch tolerance associated with the medical index:
determine trends in the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parameters, the trends indicative of changes in the respective first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parameters over time;
derive the medical index based upon a combination of the trends in the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parameters, the medical index indicating a medical condition of the patient;
communicate the medical index to at least one of the one or more monitors; and
cause the at least one monitor to display the medical index.

US Pat. No. 10,456,037

TERMINAL DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD...

1. A terminal device configured to be able to communicate with a server having a database of biological information measured by a biological information measuring device,the database including measurement data of biological information of a user of another terminal, the measurement data being transmitted from the other terminal device to the server,
the terminal device comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive the measurement data from the server;
a condition determination unit configured to determine whether a health condition of the user is normal or abnormal, based on the measurement data received by the reception unit;
an information output unit configured to output information about a health condition of the user, at least based on a determination result of the condition determination unit; and
an importance determination unit configured to determine whether importance of the measurement data is equal to or higher than a reference level, wherein
the measurement data includes at least one of a time of measurement and a date of measurement of biological information of the user,
importance of the measurement data is set in accordance with a type of biological information corresponding to the measurement data and an interval of measurement timing of biological information corresponding to the measurement data, and
when a health condition of the user is abnormal and the importance is equal to or higher than the reference level, the information output unit outputs abnormality information indicating that a health condition of the user is abnormal.

US Pat. No. 10,456,036

STRUCTURED TAILORING

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

1. A method of performing a self-administered, behavior modification program on a blood glucose meter which comprises facilitating a structured collection procedure for an individual which helps the individual change a current behavior to a target behavior and improves compliancy with the structured collection procedure, said method comprising:providing the blood glucose meter loaded with the structured collection procedure and program instructions;
downloading the structured collection procedure from a server onto a client device, wherein software on the client computer serves as an interface between the server and the meter, wherein the server can only access information related to the installed version of the software and the server cannot access data in a database residing on the client device, wherein subsequent downloads of the particular structured collection procedure onto the client require access from an authorized client user;
measuring a biomarker comprising a blood glucose level with the blood glucose meter according to the structured collection procedure; and
executing the program instructions on the blood glucose meter causing a processor of the blood glucose meter to:
personalize the structured collection procedure by requesting goals from the individual to define for events to be accomplished in the structured collection procedure one or more adherence criteria that the processor uses to determine automatically whether each event was accomplished successfully and to define one or more exit criteria for ending the structured collection procedure, and requesting intervention preferences from the individual;
initiate automatically a schedule of the events defined in the structured collection procedure upon one or more entry criteria being met;
provide intervention automatically according to the intervention preferences when the one or more adherence criteria for one of the events is not met;
end automatically the structured collection procedure upon the one or more exit criteria being met, wherein the processor continues automatically with the next one of the events in the structured collection procedure until the one or more exit criteria is met; and
assign a unique identifier to the events, when the one or more adherence criteria are met, which corresponds to the events in the structured collection procedure; and wherein the unique identifier is not assigned when the biomarker measurement is determined by the processor as not being close enough in time to a data event request based on a prescheduled time so as to facilitate the structured collection procedure and improve the compliancy with the structured collection procedure of a management system; and
providing a microprocessor, a memory, a power source, and an indicator, the indicator connected to the processor and which can operate under the control of the processor to emit audible, tactile, or visual alerts to the individual of daily times for the biomarker measurement; and sending a message from the blood glucose meter to a physician when the individual fails to complete one of the one or more adherence criteria, wherein a communication link between a computer of the physician and the blood glucose meter can be established upon connection via the server.

US Pat. No. 10,456,035

OPHTHALMIC SURGICAL MICROSCOPE

NIDEK CO., LTD., Gamagor...

1. An ophthalmic surgical microscope comprising:an observation optical system configured to guide a first observation luminous flux for a right eye and a second observation luminous flux for a left eye from an observation object to an imaging device;
an actuator configured to move a position of the observation optical system in at least a direction intersecting with the first observation luminous flux for the right eye and the second observation luminous flux for the left eye;
a stereoscopic image display;
a processor; and
a memory storing computer-readable instructions, wherein the computer readable instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the ophthalmic surgical microscope to:
(i) cause the stereoscopic image display to display a first observation image to be observed with a right eye of a user and a second observation image to be observed with a left eye of the user, on the basis of an image signal from the imaging device;
(ii) detect a position of the observation object with respect to the observation optical system;
(iii) determine whether a command to correct the deviation for correcting the deviation in the relative position is input; and
(iv) only in response to determining that the command is input, correct a deviation in a relative position of the observation optical system with respect to the observation object, by causing the actuator to operate on the basis of the detected position of the observation object, wherein:
after the deviation is corrected, steps (ii) to (iv) are repeated.

US Pat. No. 10,456,034

OPHTHALMIC MICROSCOPE SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOPCON, ...

1. An ophthalmic microscope system, comprising:a pair of illumination systems configured to irradiate a subject's eye with illumination light along a pair of illumination optical axis axes;
a pair of light-receiving systems each including a first objective lens and a first imaging device, configured to guide the illumination light returning from the subject's eye along light returning axes to the first imaging device through the first objective lens, wherein objective optical axes of the light-receiving systems are not parallel to each other, the light returning axes are not parallel to each other, and the illumination optical axes and the light returning axes are not parallel to each other;
an irradiation system configured to irradiate the subject's eye for treatment with irradiation light different from the illumination light along an irradiation axis that is different from the objective optical axes, the irradiation axis is not parallel to either of the illumination optical axes, and the irradiation axis is not parallel to the light returning axes, wherein the irradiation system comprises a laser treatment unit configured to generate the irradiation light; and
an optical scanner configured to deflect the irradiation light, wherein the ophthalmic microscope system is configured to project the irradiation light deflected by the optical scanner onto the subject's eye, wherein
each of the pair of light-receiving systems includes an optical element arranged between the first objective lens and the subject's eye; and
each of the pair of illumination systems is configured to be coaxial with a corresponding one of the pair of light-receiving systems.

US Pat. No. 10,456,033

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING BLOOD FLOW OF VESSELS

SHENZHEN CERTAINN TECHNOL...

1. An apparatus for measuring blood flow of vessels, comprising:a light source, a light splitting module, a reference arm module, a sample arm module, a probing module, and a control system;
light emitted by the light source being split by the light splitting module to form a reference light and a probe light, the reference light being incident to the reference arm module, and the probe light being incident to the sample arm module; the sample arm module comprising a scanning unit and a rotatable optical-path shifting device, the rotatable optical-path shifting device being rotatable about a rotation axis, and the probe light having a main light on a rotating, a central line of the main light extending through a rotation axis of the scanning unit;
when the optical-path shifting device is rotated to be in a first position, the probe light being configured to be reflected by the scanning unit to enter the optical-path shifting device, to scan a vessel in a first direction and carry information of the vessel scanned after passing through the optical-path shifting device, to be returned by the sample arm module, and to interfere with the reference light returned from the reference arm module at the light splitting module to generate a first interference light; the first interference light being configured to be probed by the probing module and processed by the control system to obtain a first phase shift signal of the vessel; and
when the optical-path shifting device is rotated to be in a second position, the probe light being configured to be reflected by the scanning unit to enter the optical-path shifting device to scan the vessel in a second direction and carry information of the vessel scanned after passing through the optical-path shifting device, to be returned by the sample arm module, and to interfere with the reference light returned from the reference arm module at the light splitting module to generate a second interference light; the second interference light being configured to be probed by the probing module and processed by the control system to obtain a second phase shift signal of the vessel;
wherein a line extending through a point where the main light of the probe light irradiates on the scanning unit and a point where the main light of the probe light irradiates on the optical-path shifting device is collinear with the rotation axis of the optical-path shifting device.

US Pat. No. 10,456,032

OPHTHALMIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMIC IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

TOPCON CORPORATION, Itab...

1. An ophthalmic imaging apparatus comprising:an optical coherence tomography (OCT) data acquisition unit configured to acquire a three dimensional data set of a fundus of a subject's eye; and
a processor comprising:
a blood vessel enhanced image forming unit configured to form a blood vessel enhanced image based on the three dimensional data set;
a blood vessel gradient distribution determination unit configured to determine a blood vessel gradient distribution that shows gradients of blood vessels at a plurality of locations in the fundus, based on the blood vessel enhanced image; and
a location determination unit configured to determine one or more locations in the fundus where gradients satisfy a predetermined condition, based on the blood vessel gradient distribution,
wherein
the predetermined condition includes chronological gradient variation information for making a diagnosis, and
the location determination unit determines the one or more locations based on two or more blood vessel gradient distributions of the fundus obtained on different dates and the chronological gradient variation information.

US Pat. No. 10,456,031

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES FOR OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY MULTIPLE ENFACE ANGIOGRAPHY AVERAGING

Doheny Eye Institute, Lo...

1. A system for obtaining and processing images of a biological material, the system comprising:one or more computer readable storage devices configured to store a plurality of computer executable instructions; and
one or more hardware computer processors in communication with the one or more computer readable storage devices and configured to execute the plurality of computer executable instructions in order to cause the system to:
access or obtain a plurality of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) images generated from an OCT scanner;
generate, from the plurality of OCT images, a plurality of enface images of one or more superficial layers of the biological material and a plurality of enface images of one or more deep layers;
divide each of the plurality of enface images of the one or more superficial layers and each of the plurality of enface images of the one or more deep layers into a plurality of sectors;
apply one or more image registration techniques to each of the plurality of sectors of each of the plurality of enface images of the one or more superficial layers to generate one or more image alignment settings;
generate an averaged enface image of each of the one or more deep layers by applying one or more image registration techniques, based at least in part on the one or more generated image alignment settings, to each of the plurality of sectors of each of the plurality of enface images of the one or more deep layers; and
transmit the one or more averaged enface images for causing display of the one or more averaged enface images by an output device.

US Pat. No. 10,456,030

PROCEDURAL OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY (OCT) FOR SURGERY AND RELATED METHODS

Bioptigen, Inc., Morrisv...

1. A method for modifying a surgical procedure in real time during the surgical procedure using an infrared wavelength optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging system coupled to a visible wavelength surgical visualization system for simultaneous infrared and visible visualization of a surgical field during the surgical procedure, the method comprising:obtaining at least one image of a surgical region of a subject oriented for the surgical procedure using the OCT imaging system;
constructing an initial structural view of the surgical region to be used during the surgical procedure based on the obtained at least one image;
computing a measure corresponding to intraocular pressure using data derived from measurements of a cornea from obtained the at least one image;
periodically assessing the surgical procedure during the surgical procedure and monitoring clinical outcomes related to the surgical procedure using one of changes to an OCT-derived initial structural view of the surgical region and changes to the computed measure corresponding to intraocular pressure derived from measurements of the cornea from the at least one OCT image;
determining if a surgical plan for the surgical procedure needs modification during the surgical procedure based on at least one of the periodic assessment and monitoring;
modifying the surgical plan for the surgical procedure during the surgical procedure if it is determined modification is needed; and
repeatedly assessing and monitoring, determining and modifying during the surgical procedure until it is determined that modification is not needed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,029

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING SURFACE TOPOGRAPHY

ADOM, ADVANCED OPTICAL TE...

1. A method, for use with an optical system that includes a camera, the method comprising:detecting surface topography of a portion of a curved surface of an object by:
directing a beam of light toward the surface from a broad angle of incidence with respect to an optical axis of the camera;
receiving light reflected from the surface with the camera, the reflected light passing via a narrow-angle aperture, before being received by the camera;
detecting one or more darkened regions in the received light; and
detecting the surface topography at least partially based upon the detected darkened regions.

US Pat. No. 10,456,028

APPARATUS FOR USE IN THE MEASUREMENT OF MACULAR PIGMENT OPTICAL DENSITY AND/OR LENS OPTICAL DENSITY OF AN EYE

Guardion Health Sciences,...

1. An apparatus for use in the measurement of macular pigment optical density in an eye under examination, the apparatus comprising illumination means wherein the illuminating means comprises a blue light source and a green light source which alternately illuminate an area constituted by a light diffusing surface wherein the light diffusing surface comprises an integrating sphere for illuminating an area with light, to provide a stimulus for said eye wherein the apparatus includes a photodetector for measuring the intensity of light in the sphere; intensity adjustment means for adjusting the intensity of light of one of the colors relative to light of another of the colors, until any flicker in the stimulus perceived by the eye is minimized or removed; measurement means for determining the intensity of light of said one of the colors at which said minimizing or removal of flicker occurs; wherein the apparatus includes size selection means for enabling the size of the stimulus to be selected from either a small size, in which all or most of the stimulus falls on the macula of the eye, or a large size, in which the stimulus extends to a portion of the retina of the eye at which there is substantially no macular pigment; and calibration means wherein the calibration means comprises adjusting the intensity using a calibrated photodiode prior to measurement of macular pigment optical density.

US Pat. No. 10,456,027

ARCHITECTURE AND METHOD FOR MAXIMALLY STABLE EXTREMAL REGIONS (MSERS)-BASED EXUDATES DETECTION IN FUNDUS IMAGES FOR DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

Khalifa University of Sci...

1. Architecture for maximally stable extremal regions (MSERs)-based detection of exudates in an ocular fundus comprising:a communication interface configured to receive pixels of an ocular fundus image; and
processing circuitry having a memory coupled to the communication interface, wherein the processing circuitry is configured to automatically:
store the pixels of the ocular fundus image within the memory;
provide labels within the memory for light image regions and dark image regions within the ocular fundus image for a given intensity threshold;
find MSERs within the stored pixels of the ocular fundus image based upon the labels;
generate an MSER pixel list based on the MSERs and MSER criteria that include a minimum MSER size in pixels and a maximum MSER size in pixels based upon an eye diameter size in the stored pixels of the ocular fundus image and store the MSER pixel list within the memory; and
provide for display through the communication interface the pixels of the ocular fundus image that are located within the MSER pixel list to indicate the exudates in the ocular fundus.

US Pat. No. 10,456,026

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR INTRAOCULAR LENS POWER CALCULATION USING A REGRESSION FORMULA INCORPORATING CORNEAL SPHERICAL ABERRATION

AMO WaveFront Sciences, L...

1. A system for predicting optical power for an intraocular lens based upon measured biometric parameters in a patient's eye, the system comprising:a biometric reader capable of measuring one or more biometric parameters of the patient's eye and obtaining at least one value for at least one of the one or more biometric parameters, and further capable of measuring a representation of a corneal topography of the patient's eye;
a processor; and
a computer readable medium coupled to the processor and having stored thereon a program that upon execution causes the processor to: receive the at least one value; obtain a corneal spherical aberration (SA) based upon the measured representation of the corneal topography; and calculate an optimized optical power to obtain a desired postoperative condition by applying the received at least one value and the obtained corneal spherical aberration to a modified regression, wherein the modified regression is of the form:
optical power=E+F*(Classical Regression Formula)+D*SA, or
optical power=A+B*AXL+C*K+D*SA,
wherein E, F, D, A, B, and C are empirically derived factors across a plurality of other eyes, wherein AXL is an axial length of the patient's eye, wherein K is an average corneal power in diopters of the patient's eye, wherein the Classical Regression Formula comprises one of the SRK/T, Hoffer Q, Holladay1, Holladay 2, and Haigis regression formulas, and wherein the Classical Regression Formula employs the received at least one value.

US Pat. No. 10,456,025

TRACHEAL INTUBATION DEVICE

SCOTIA M.D. ENGINEERING I...

8. An intubation device for placing a tracheal tube into a patient's trachea comprising:a flexible light-wand having light emitting means placed in a distal end portion thereof and a light-wand coupler at a proximal end thereof, a distal portion of the flexible light-wand being adapted for placement inside the tracheal tube with the distal end portion thereof being in proximity to a distal end of the tracheal tube;
a coupling conduit, the coupling conduit having:
a connecting element; and
a tracheal tube port placed at a distal end thereof, the tracheal tube port for being connected to the tracheal tube; and
a support structure having a first holding structure at a first end portion thereof and a second holding structure at a second opposite end portion thereof, the first holding structure being adapted for being removable coupled with the light-wand coupler, the second holding structure adapted for being removable coupled with the connecting element, the support structure extending continuously between the first holding structure and the second holding structure, wherein the support structure, the first holding structure and the second holding structure are adapted such that the support structure is entirely positioned at a predetermined distance to one side of the light-wand, the coupling conduit, and the tracheal tube wherein the second holding structure comprises a plurality of interacting elements, each interacting element for being removable coupled with the connecting element, each interacting element being placed at a predetermined location spaced apart from the location of each adjacent interacting element along a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis through the light-wand, the coupling conduit, and the tracheal tube, each location being associated with a predetermined distance between the coupling conduit and the proximal end of the flexible light-wand corresponding to a length of a tracheal tube of a plurality of tracheal tubes having different lengths such that in operation the distal end portion of the light-wand having a same length is in proximity to the distal end of each tracheal tube of the plurality of tracheal tubes.

US Pat. No. 10,456,024

OVERTUBE AND ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An overtube comprising:a cylindrical body having a distal end, a base end, and a longitudinal axis;
a distal end opening provided at the distal end of the cylindrical body;
a base end opening provided at the base end of the cylindrical body;
an endoscope insertion passage that is provided along the longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body, couples the distal end opening and the base end opening together, and allows an endoscope insertion part to be inserted therethrough so as to be movable forward and backward;
a fluid passage having a fluid supply and discharge port and a base-end-side connection port, wherein the fluid supply and discharge port is arranged in an inner wall surface of the endoscope insertion passage and opens to an inside of the endoscope insertion passage on a distal-end-side of the endoscope insertion passage, and the base-end-side connection port connects to a fluid supply/suction device that supplies and suctions a fluid; and
a pressure-contact member that positions a distal end of the endoscope insertion part at a first position closer to a base end side of the cylindrical body than a distal-end-side end of the fluid supply and discharge port,
wherein the pressure-contact member includes a locking part having a projection provided in the endoscope insertion passage for locking the endoscope insertion part to the cylindrical body when the endoscope insertion part moves to the base end side of the cylindrical body along the longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body.

US Pat. No. 10,456,023

IMAGE SENSOR, ENDOSCOPE, AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An image sensor comprising:a plurality of pixels arranged in a two-dimensional matrix and configured to receive light and generate imaging signals in accordance with an amount of received light;
a plurality of first transfer lines configured to transfer the imaging signals of shared pixels of the plurality of pixels that are present in a plurality of different rows and share a single column transfer line for each predetermined number of pixels adjacent in a row direction and;
a constant current source provided in each of the plurality of first transfer lines and configured to transfer the imaging signals output from the pixels to the first transfer lines;
a plurality of output circuits configured to externally output the imaging signals transferred from the plurality of first transfer lines; and
a processor comprising hardware, the processor being configured to simultaneously and externally output, from the plurality of output circuits, by simultaneously driving the plurality of shared pixels present in a same single column transfer line in the plurality of different rows, each of the plurality of imaging signals, which are output from the shared pixels and are present in the same column in the plurality of different rows, and externally output all of the imaging signals of the shared pixels present in the plurality of different rows same number of times as the predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 10,456,022

IMAGING DEVICE, ENDOSCOPE, AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An imaging device comprising:a first chip comprising:
pixels arranged in a two-dimensional matrix and configured to generate and output an imaging signal that corresponds to a received amount of light; and
a read circuit configured to sequentially select a predetermined pixel from the pixels and read the imaging signal output from the selected pixel;
a second chip connected to a back side of a light incidence surface of the first chip by being laminated along a direction perpendicular to a surface where the pixels are arranged, the second chip comprising:
a timing control circuit configured to control a timing at which the read circuit reads the imaging signal output from the pixel selected;
an A/D conversion circuit configured to conduct A/D conversion on an analog signal output from the first chip; and
a cable transmission circuit configured to transmit a digital signal output from the A/D conversion circuit to a transmission cable; and
a connector configured to electrically connect the first chip and the second chip,
wherein the two-dimensional matrix is rectangular,
wherein the read circuit comprises:
a column read circuit and a horizontal selection circuit provided along one side of the rectangular two-dimensional matrix; and
a vertical selection circuit provided along one side of the rectangular two-dimensional matrix perpendicular to the one side along which the column read circuit and the horizontal selection circuit are provided,
wherein the connector is provided in a first area along one side of the rectangular two-dimensional matrix along which the column read circuit, the horizontal selection circuit, and the vertical selection circuit are not provided, and in a second area that is adjacent to the column read circuit, the horizontal selection circuit, and the vertical selection circuit,
wherein the connector is provided in a third area around the timing control circuit, the A/D conversion circuit, and the cable transmission circuit and in a fourth area that is adjacent to the timing control circuit and the A/D conversion circuit, and
wherein the first area and the third area are provided by being overlapped with each other and the second area and the fourth area are provided by being overlapped with each other in a direction perpendicular to the surface where the pixels are provided.

US Pat. No. 10,456,021

ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope apparatus comprising:an optical system including a focus lens configured to adjust an in-focus object position;
a connector to which an interchangeable optical system is connected;
an image sensor configured to output a captured image based on the optical system and the interchangeable optical system; and
a processor including hardware, the processor being configured to:
determine whether the interchangeable optical system is a known or is an unknown optical system,
determine step amount information, indicating a control amount of the focus lens of the optical system, based on a first step amount determination when the interchangeable optical system is determined to be a known optical system, or based on a second step amount determination, different from the first step amount determination, when the interchangeable optical system is determined to be an unknown optical system,
control the focus lens based on the determined step amount information, and
obtain a feature amount representing at least one of a shape of an image circle, a size of the image circle, and luminance distribution information based on the captured image, wherein the determining of whether the interchangeable optical system attached is a known or is an unknown optical system is based on the obtained feature amount.

US Pat. No. 10,456,020

ENDOSCOPIC SURGERY DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscopic surgery device comprising:a guide member configured to penetrate through a body wall to be inserted into a body cavity;
an endoscope insertion path which is provided inside the guide member, and into which an endoscope configured to observe an inside of the body cavity is inserted in a back-and-forth movable manner;
a treatment tool insertion path which is provided inside the guide member, and into which a treatment tool configured to inspect or treat a diseased part in the body cavity is inserted in a back-and-forth movable manner;
a position sensor configured to detect a movement amount of the treatment tool with respect to the guide member when the treatment tool inserted into the treatment tool insertion path moves back and forth; and
an image capture controller, wherein a range of an observation image acquired by the endoscope is not changed if the movement amount of the treatment tool is within a predetermined range when the movement amount of the treatment tool is detected by the position sensor, and the range of the observation image is changed in accordance with the movement amount of the treatment tool if the movement amount of the treatment tool is not within the predetermined range,
wherein outside the predetermined range, a ratio of a movement amount of the endoscope to the movement amount of the treatment tool is equal to one.

US Pat. No. 10,456,019

ASSESSING FALLOPIAN TUBAL PATENCY

1. A method of assessing Fallopian tubal patency, comprising:introducing a distension medium into a patient's uterus to distend the uterus, the distension medium flowing into theuterus directly from the hysteroscope;
introducing a contrasting medium through the hysteroscope into the distended uterus, the contrasting medium flowing into the uterus directly from hysteroscope; and
observing the contrasting medium via the hysteroscope to determine whether the contrasting medium flows into a Fallopian tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,018

FLEXIBLE TUBE AND INSERTION APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A flexible tube having a longitudinal axis extending between a distal end and a proximal end, comprising:a tubular outer sheath defining a length of the flexible tube; and
a helical tube comprised of a helical wire with wire windings and including:
a first sparsely wound region (1) arranged along the longitudinal axis, (2) that includes a first set of the wire windings that are not in contact and are spaced from each other, and (3) forming a first flexible portion with the outer sheath having a first rigidity;
a closely wound region (1) arranged along the longitudinal axis, (2) located on a proximal side of the first sparsely wound region along the longitudinal axis, (3) that includes (a) a plurality of second sets of the wire windings that are applied with a tight contact force and which are in tight contact with each other and (b) a third set of the wire windings (i) that is between the plurality of second sets of the wire windings and (ii) in which the wire windings are not in contact with and are spaced from each other along the longitudinal axis, and (4) forming a second flexible portion with the outer sheath having a second rigidity, the closely wound region being (1) more unbendable than the first sparsely wound region and (2) longer than the first sparsely wound region along the longitudinal axis,
a change region (1) arranged along the longitudinal axis and (2) forming a third flexible portion with the outer sheath, wherein the third flexible portion has a third rigidity that varies between a distal end portion and a proximal end portion of the third flexible portion; and
a second sparsely wound region (1) arranged along the longitudinal axis, (2) located on a proximal side of the closely wound region, (3) that includes a fourth set of the wire winding that are spaced from each other, and (4) forming a fourth flexible portion with the outer sheath having a fourth rigidity, the second sparsely wound region being more bendable than the closely wound region,
wherein:
the second rigidity is more rigid then the first rigidity and the fourth rigidity;
the first sparsely wound region, the closely wound region, the change region and the second sparsely wound region are separate regions axially along the longitudinal axis;
when the change region is between the closely wound region and the second sparsely wound region, the third rigidity of the third flexible portion varies between (1) a distal end rigidity at the distal end portion of the third flexible portion that is close to the second rigidity of the second flexible portion and (2) a proximal end rigidity at the proximal end portion of the third flexible portion that is close to the fourth rigidity of the fourth flexible portion;
when the change region is between the first sparsely wound region and the closely wound region, the third rigidity of the third flexible portion varies between (1) the distal end rigidity at the distal end portion of the third flexible portion that is close to the first rigidity of the first flexible portion and (2) the proximal end rigidity at the proximal end portion of the third flexible portion that is close to the second rigidity of the second flexible portion; and
the outer sheath is harder to bend at a first part around the second sparsely wound region than at a second part around the closely wound region.

US Pat. No. 10,456,017

ENDOSCOPIC CAMERA HEAD AND ENDOSCOPIC DEVICE

SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLU...

1. An endoscopic camera head removably connectable to an endoscope comprising:a cover glass disposed to cover an opening for taking into a housing observation light from the connected endoscope; and
an image sensor configured to receive the observation light passing through the cover glass and entering the housing, and capture an image of a target of observation, wherein
the image sensor including a light receiving face that is configured to receive the observation light and a protective glass that is disposed opposite the light receiving face,
in the image sensor, an anti-reflective and light pass-through coating is provided on at least one face of the protective glass, and
the anti-reflective and light pass-through coating is configured to moderate reflections of the observation light from the at least one face of the protective glass.

US Pat. No. 10,456,016

APPLICATOR FOR A SPECULUM ACCESSORY SLEEVE AND USE THEREOF

CEEK Enterprises, Portla...

8. A device comprising:a sleeve accessory having a cylindrical sleeve body defining a lumen, the sleeve accessory configured to be positioned on an insertion portion of a medical speculum;
an applicator within the lumen of the sleeve accessory, the applicator having a distal end and a proximal end, the proximal end being broader than the distal end, the distal end comprising a first prong folded into a first pocket and a second prong folded into a second pocket, at least a portion of the distal end of the applicator configured to slide into the lumen of the sleeve accessory, the applicator within the lumen of the sleeve accessory configured to receive the medical speculum to facilitate positioning of the sleeve accessory on the medical speculum, and the first pocket and the second pocket configured to receive the medical speculum and thereby guide the medical speculum into the lumen of the sleeve accessory.

US Pat. No. 10,456,015

ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL DEVICE AND OUTER SLEEVE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscopic surgical device comprising:an endoscope that observes the inside of a body cavity;
a treatment tool that inspects or treats an affected part within the body cavity; and
an overtube that guides the endoscope and the treatment tool into the body cavity,
wherein the overtube includes
an endoscope insertion passage that allows the endoscope to be inserted therethrough so as to be movable forward and backward,
a treatment tool insertion passage that allows the treatment tool to be inserted therethrough so as to be movable forward and backward,
a first valve member that is provided in the endoscope insertion passage and secures airtightness within the body cavity,
a second valve member that is provided in the treatment tool insertion passage and secures the airtightness within the body cavity, and
an interlocking member that is configured to be movable forward and backward along the overtube, and has an endoscope-coupled part to be coupled to the endoscope inserted through the endoscope insertion passage and a treatment tool-coupled part to be coupled to the treatment tool inserted through the treatment tool insertion passage, and
wherein following formulas are satisfied when a fixing force for fixing the interlocking member to the endoscope is defined as F1, a fixing force for fixing the interlocking member to the treatment tool is defined as F2, and a frictional force that the endoscope receives from the first valve member when the endoscope moves forward and backward is defined as F3:
F1>F3
F2>F3.

US Pat. No. 10,456,014

WATER BOTTLE CAP ASSEMBLIES FOR AN ENDOSCOPIC DEVICE

UNITED STATES ENDOSCOPY G...

1. A water bottle cap assembly for use with an endoscopic device, the assembly comprising:a cap comprising a dome-shaped outer surface and an engageable member, wherein the engageable member is configured to sealingly engage with a water source, and wherein the dome-shaped outer surface defines a plurality of ports to allow for a plurality of output configurations that allow assembly of multiple different products all utilizing the same cap, wherein each of the plurality of ports are initially sealed via a removable sealing member to initially prevent fluid from flowing therethrough,
a plurality of tubular members, wherein each tubular member is coupled to a respective port so as to be in fluid communication therewith, wherein at least one of the tubular members being a single lumen tubular member comprising a coupling member for coupling to a gas supply unit;
an adaptor coupled to an end of one of the tubular members and configured to engage with an endoscopic device, at least one of the tubular members configured to convey at least one fluid between the water source and the endoscopic device; and
a filter disposed on the single lumen member and within 12 inches of the water source to filter contaminants from entering the water source and to prevent backflow to the gas supply unit, wherein the filter comprises pores of about 0.1 micron.

US Pat. No. 10,456,013

CABLE CONNECTION STRUCTURE, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A cable connection structure comprising:a circuit board that includes
a first main body portion that has a principal surface, and
a second main body portion that is arranged such that a first surface facing the principal surface comes into contact with the first main body portion, wherein the second main body is thinner than the first main body portion at least in one direction along the principal surface, and wherein the second main body has, on the side of a second surface opposed to the first surface, a shield set portion formed of a bottom portion and a wall portion that stands from at least one end portion of the bottom portion, a shield connection electrode formed at least on the bottom portion, and a plurality of core wire connection electrodes; and
a plurality of coaxial cables, each of which includes a core wire, an internal insulator that covers an outer circumference of the core wire, a shield that covers an outer circumference of the internal insulator, and an external insulator that covers an outer circumference of the shield, the coaxial cables being processed such that the core wires, the internal insulators, and the shields are exposed in a stepwise manner from tip portions thereof, the core wires being connected to corresponding ones of the core wire connection electrodes, the shields being collectively connected to the shield connection electrode, wherein
the second main body portion and the coaxial cables are positioned within a projection plane that is obtained when the principal surface is projected in a direction perpendicular to the principal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,012

DISPOSABLE ENDOSCOPE AND SYSTEM

Tao Dong, Shenzhen, Guan...

1. A disposable endoscope comprising:a tubular part including a plurality of joints;
linear transmission parts inserted into the tubular part, wherein one end of each linear transmission part is fixed with respect to one of the joints, the other end of each linear transmission part is provided with a respective one of first connectors, a movement of the linear transmission part along its length direction is able to cause the tubular part to bend, and each first connector is used to detachably engage with a corresponding connector of an external control seat;
a camera unit mounted on a front end of the tubular part and connected with an external power supply and a data processing device to provide the camera unit with power and transmit image data collected;
a cladding layer cladding the tubular part and the linear transmission parts;
a connection head arranged at one end of the linear transmission parts away from the tubular part, wherein the connection head is provided with through holes through which the first connectors pass; and
a disposable fastener which is used to fix the first connectors with respect to the connection head, wherein after the disposable fastener is removed, each first connector is able to be moved in a respective through hole of the connection head along their length direction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,011

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ATTACHING MEDICAL DEVICE SECTIONS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. An instrument shaft, comprising:a proximal section including:
a distal portion, and
a wall formed by concentric layers, the concentric layers including a first layer and a second layer, wherein the first layer is an outermost layer of the concentric layers, and the second layer is separated from the first layer by one or more additional layers; and
a distal section including:
a proximal portion, wherein the proximal portion of the distal section is coupled to the distal portion of the proximal section, and
a sheath that directly contacts the first layer and the second layer of the concentric layers to couple the proximal portion of the distal section to the distal portion of the proximal section, wherein the sheath overlaps with at least one of the first layer and the second layer along a radial direction of the instrument shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,456,010

DEVICE AND METHODS OF IMPROVING LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY

TransEnterix Europe S.a.r...

1. A device for joining with an endoscope system for laparoscopic surgery to improve an interface between the endoscope system for laparoscopic surgery and a user of the endoscope system for laparoscopic surgery, the device comprising:at least one wireless transmitter having at least one depressable, operating key, the at least one wireless transmitter configured to send at least one signal to a wireless receiver;
at least one surgical instrument in communication with the wireless transmitter;
at least one wireless receiver configured to receive the at least one signal; and
an automated assistant in a form of at least one automated arm for moving the endoscope in at least two directions; and for enabling the endoscope to rotate around an insertion point into a body of a subject;
wherein the endoscope can pivot at the insertion point;
wherein the at least one wireless receiver is in communication with at least one computer and the at least one computer is in communication with the automated assistant,
wherein the automated assistant initiates movement based on a human action of depressing the at least one depressable key, and
wherein the automated assistant mechanically maneuvers the endoscope in response to the at least one signal
further wherein at least one of said at least one surgical instrument is identified;
wherein selection of a desired instrument is confirmed by depression of said at least one key on said wireless transmitter
wherein selection of said desired instrument is shifted upon said depression of said at least one key and selection of said desired instrument is confirmed upon prolonged depression of said at least one key.

US Pat. No. 10,456,009

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a hardware processor configured to:
detect, from an image acquired by imaging inside a lumen of a living body, a candidate region for a specific region that is a region where a specific part in the lumen has been captured;
acquire information related to the candidate region;
determine a difficulty of identification of whether or not the candidate region is the specific region;
select a type of identification for use in an identification of whether or not the candidate region is the specific region, wherein the selection is based on the information related to the candidate region and based on the difficulty of identification, and an identification accuracy of the selected type of identification is based on a type of the difficulty of identification; and
identify whether or not the candidate region is the specific region by using the selected type of identification.

US Pat. No. 10,456,008

LEARNING DISPENSING SYSTEM FOR WATER INLET HOSE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A retrofit auxiliary device for distributing cleaning resources to a household cleaning appliance having at least one water inlet, a detergent inlet, and a treating chamber, the retrofit auxiliary device comprising:at least one water inlet configured to connect to a supply of water;
at least one outlet configured to connect to the at least one water inlet on the household cleaning appliance for distribution of water to the household cleaning appliance;
a flow meter fluidly coupled between the retrofit auxiliary device and the household cleaning appliance configured to monitor a flow of the water from the at least one water inlet of the retrofit auxiliary device to the household cleaning appliance and to transmit a signal containing water flow information;
a drain flow meter configured to monitor a flow of the water to the at least one outlet;
a memory having information that correlates the water flow information to a cycle of operation in the household cleaning appliance, wherein the information that correlates the water flow information to a cycle of operation in the household cleaning appliance is learned as the household cleaning appliance operates;
a detergent dispenser configured to connect to the detergent inlet of the household cleaning appliance to dispense a treating chemistry to the household cleaning appliance in response to receiving dispense commands;
a controller operably coupled to the flow meter, the memory, and the detergent dispenser; wherein the controller is configured to:
determine a cycle of operation being executed by the household cleaning appliance based on the water flow information; and
send dispense commands to the detergent dispenser in accordance with the determined cycle of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,456,007

CONVEYOR DISHWASHER AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A CONVEYOR DISHWASHER

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A conveyor dishwasher having a conveying apparatus for conveying washware through individual treatment zones of the conveyor dishwasher, wherein the conveyor dishwasher has at least one wash zone in which wash liquid from a wash tank which is associated with the at least one wash zone is sprayed onto the washware, wherein the conveyor dishwasher further has at least one final rinse zone which is arranged downstream of the at least one wash zone as seen in a conveying direction of the washware and in which final rinse liquid is sprayed onto the washware, and wherein the conveyor dishwasher further has a waste air system for discharging waste air from the conveyor dishwasher,characterized
in that a waste water heat recovery system is provided for transferring at least a portion of the thermal energy in the waste water from the conveyor dishwasher as heat to the final rinse liquid which is to be sprayed in the at least one final rinse zone, and
in that a waste air heat recovery system is further provided for transferring at least a portion of the thermal energy in the waste air which is discharged or is to be discharged from the conveyor dishwasher as heat to at least the final rinse liquid which is to be sprayed in the at least one final rinse zone.

US Pat. No. 10,456,006

RACK MOUNTING FEATURES FOR A DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwasher appliance defining a vertical, a lateral, and a transverse direction, the dishwasher appliance comprising:a tub comprising a top wall and a side wall joined by a radiused corner, the top wall and the side wall partially defining a wash chamber for receipt of articles for washing, the tub further defining an alignment feature defined in the radiused corner of the tub and a screw hole that only penetrates through a portion of the tub so that no holes are defined through the tub;
an upper rack assembly slidably positioned within the wash chamber and configured for movement along the transverse direction; and
a rack mounting assembly for supporting the upper rack assembly, the rack mounting assembly comprising:
a mounting body defining a mounting hole;
a complementary feature configured for engaging the alignment feature of the tub, the mounting hole being substantially aligned with the screw hole when the complementary feature engages the alignment feature of the tub; and
a screw passing through the mounting hole and into the screw hole to secure the mounting body to the tub.

US Pat. No. 10,456,005

MOP ASSEMBLY

BONA AB, Malmo (SE)

1. A mop assembly comprising:a mop handle having a distal end portion with an exterior surface;
a mop suspension member having an exterior surface and an interior surface and being mounted on said handle distal end portion and adapted to suspend said mop from a support structure; said mop suspension member comprising:
a seated operating position wherein said exterior surface of said suspension member is positioned substantially entirely within a recessed space that is recessed from said distal end portion exterior surface; and
at least one linearly extended operating positions wherein at least a portion of said mop suspension member is positioned outside of said recessed space;
said mop suspension member and said handle distal end defining a closed loop when said suspension member is in said extended operating position.

US Pat. No. 10,456,004

MOBILE ROBOT

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A mobile robot comprising:a main body;
an image sensor provided on the main body and configured to captured an image of a predetermined area at a front side of the main body;
a first light source provided on the main body and configured to emit a first pattern of light to a first sub-area of the predetermined area; and
a second light source provided on the main body at a position below the first light source and configured to emit a second pattern of light to a second sub-area of the predetermined area, the first sub-area being located lower than the second sub-area,
wherein, when the main body is viewed from a lateral side while the main body is positioned on a horizontal floor:
a first path in which the first pattern of light is emitted and a second path in which the second pattern of light is emitted intersect each other,
a first point (d1), corresponding to vertically projecting a point where the first pattern of light and the second pattern of light intersect each other on to the horizontal floor, is located closer to the main body than a second point (d2) on the horizontal floor where the image is captured by the image sensor, and
a first distance between the second point (d2) and a third point (d3) at which the first pattern of light is emitted on to the horizontal floor is greater than a second distance between the first point (d1) and the second point (d2).

US Pat. No. 10,456,003

SURFACE MAINTENANCE MACHINE

Tennant Company, Minneap...

1. A surface maintenance machine comprising:a frame;
a maintenance head assembly supported by the machine and extending toward a surface, the maintenance head assembly comprising one or more surface maintenance tools for performing a surface maintenance operation;
two front wheels positioned to the front of a transverse centerline of the machine when the machine is moving in a forward direction;
a rear wheel positioned to the rear of the transverse centerline, the rear wheel being positioned generally to the center of the machine, the rear wheel comprising a rotational axis; and
an operator platform supported by the frame and configured for allowing an operator to stand thereon, the operator platform positioned to the rear of the transverse centerline of the machine, the operator platform being forward and rearward of the rotational axis of the rear wheel, the operator platform configured for extending at least partly around the rear wheel and laterally outwardly from the sides of the rear wheel for supporting an operator in a standing position with the operator's feet on either side of the rear wheel, wherein a center of turn of the machine is within an envelope of the platform when the machine is being turned during a zero turn.

US Pat. No. 10,456,002

CLEANING BIN FOR CLEANING ROBOT

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A cleaning bin mountable to an autonomous cleaning robot operable to receive debris from a floor surface, the cleaning bin comprising:a front side extending along a vertical axis;
an inlet positioned along the front side and between lateral sides of the cleaning bin, the lateral sides defining an interior width of the cleaning bin therebetween;
an outlet configured to connect to a vacuum generator, the vacuum generator operable to direct an airflow from the inlet of the cleaning bin to the outlet of the cleaning bin;
a debris compartment to receive a first portion of debris separated from the airflow;
an air channel positioned above the debris compartment and defined by a top surface of the debris compartment, the top surface of the debris compartment comprising a planar portion being tilted relative to a horizontal axis perpendicular to the vertical axis such that a rear of the planar portion is closer than a front of the planar portion is to a bottom surface of the debris compartment, and the air channel spanning the interior width of the cleaning bin and receiving the airflow from the debris compartment through the top surface of the debris compartment;
a particulate compartment to receive a second portion of debris separated from the airflow; and
a debris separator comprising a debris separation cone having an inner conduit defining an upper opening and a lower opening, the upper opening receiving the airflow from the air channel, and the inner conduit tapering from the upper opening to the lower opening such that the airflow forms a cyclone within the inner conduit, wherein a longitudinal axis of the debris separation cone forms a non-zero angle with the vertical axis such that an inlet duct of the debris separator faces toward the air channel and the inlet of the cleaning bin, and such that an outlet duct of the debris separator is tilted toward the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,456,001

CYCLONIC VACUUM CLEANER WITH IMPROVED COLLECTION CHAMBER

BISSELL Homecare, Inc., ...

1. A vacuum cleaner, comprising:a cyclone separator having a separator chamber for separating contaminants from a dirt-containing airstream, and further comprising an inlet and an outlet in fluid communication with the separator chamber;
a collection chamber associated with the cyclone separator for receiving contaminants separated in the separator chamber and having a sidewall defining a height and a bottom wall;
a suction nozzle fluidly connected with the inlet;
a suction source fluidly connected to the suction nozzle and to the separator chamber for establishing and maintaining a dirt-containing airstream from the suction nozzle to the inlet; and
a set of fins, each fin of the set of fins being attached to the sidewall of the collection chamber and comprising a separate circumferential fin body extending inwardly from the sidewall of the collection chamber, each fin of the set of fins spaced vertically along the height and about a circumference of the collection chamber from one another between the bottom wall and an upper end of the collection chamber and wherein the set of fins are configured to reduce debris re-entrainment in the collection chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,456,000

SURFACE CLEANING HEAD WITH A VALVE ASSEMBLY

Techtronic Industries Co....

1. A surface cleaning head for a surface cleaning apparatus comprising:a dirty air inlet;
a dirty air outlet;
a dirty airflow path extending between the dirty air inlet and the dirty air outlet; and
an automated valve assembly operable to open and place the dirty airflow path in fluid communication with ambient pressure,
wherein the automated valve assembly is adjustably opened based upon a suction level within the dirty airflow path,
wherein the automated valve assembly includes a plurality of valves positioned between the dirty airflow path and ambient pressure operable to sequentially open as the suction within the dirty airflow path increases.

US Pat. No. 10,455,999

UPRIGHT VACUUM CLEANER

JIANGSU MIDEA CLEANING AP...

1. An upright vacuum cleaner, comprising:a brushroll assembly comprising a brushroll casing and a brushroll provided within the brushroll casing;
a motor assembly comprising a motor housing and a motor provided within the motor housing;
a body assembly comprising a body and a bridging member mounted on the body, wherein the bridging member is pivotally connected to the motor housing to make the body rotatable between an upright position and an oblique position; and
an elastic assembly provided between the brushroll casing and the bridging member, and configured to be pressed downward against the brushroll casing by the bridging member when the body rotates from the upright position to the oblique position.

US Pat. No. 10,455,998

VACUUM CLEANER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a main body;
a dust collector arranged in the main body to collect dust from air that flows into the main body along an intake passage; and
a suction device arranged at a downstream that is lower than a location of the dust collector on the intake passage to provide a suction force,
wherein the suction device includes:
a suction force generator,
a first housing configured to accommodate the suction force generator, and including a first discharge hole provided in a bottom surface of the first housing and discharging the air sucked from the suction force generator to an outside,
a second housing configured to accommodate the first housing, and including a second discharge hole provided in a side surface of the second housing and discharging the air that flows in from the first discharge hole to the outside,
a third housing provided separately from the main body and configured to accommodate the second housing, and including a third discharge hole provided in a side surface of the third housing and discharging the air that flows in from the second discharge hole to the outside,
a first sound absorbing member arranged in the bottom surface of the first housing, and
a second sound absorbing member arranged between the side surface of the first housing and the side surface of the second housing, wherein the second sound absorbing member is in contact with an outer surface of the first housing and an inner surface of the second housing.

US Pat. No. 10,455,996

GLASS CLEANING DEVICE

DaVinci II CSJ, LLC, Fai...

1. A glass cleaning device, comprising:a handle having a distal portion and a proximal portion, the proximal portion pivotally coupled to the distal portion so that the proximal portion can pivot between an extended position and a folded position;
a spray head having a nozzle in fluid communication with a fluid reservoir, the fluid reservoir being disposed with the proximal portion of the handle and the nozzle being pivotably coupled to the distal portion of the handle;
a button to activate and expel a cleaning solution from the nozzle, the button being disposed on the proximal portion of the handle; and
a plate coupled to the spray head, the nozzle being spaced from the plate and being angled such that the cleaning solution is expelled from the nozzle onto a treatment surface in an area laterally adjacent to the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,455,995

TOILET LID AND SEAT SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USE

James Donald Heiss, Rale...

1. A method for closing a toilet, comprising:a position detector detecting a seat position, wherein the seat and a lid are pivotable between a vertical position and a horizontal position;
a use detector determining the toilet is not in use;
when the seat is detected in the vertical position and the toilet is determined not in use, an actuator positioned within the lid translating an engaging portion of an arm from a position distal the lid to a position proximal the lid and into engagement with the seat for pivoting, and subsequently disengaging from, the seat towards the horizontal position.

US Pat. No. 10,455,994

FOLDABLE AND PORTABLE TOILET DEVICE

RIVER LIMITED, Hong Kong...

1. A foldable portable toilet device, characterized in that it comprises:a seat plate including a plurality of folding parts folded left and right and/or front and back, a folding mechanism provided between the adjacent folding parts; and a groove provided at a bottom of the seat plate and matched with an outer shape of the seat plate of the toilet;
a handle provided on a side of the seat plate and provided with a first button through which the folding mechanism is controlled to retract; and
a plurality of stabilizing means provided within the groove of the seat plate; the stabilizing means locks the portable toilet device onto the seat plate of the toilet.

US Pat. No. 10,455,993

TOILET

DAIKI CO., LTD., Tokyo (...

1. A toilet comprising:a main body part that receives excreted urine, the main body part including a first bottom surface part and a first side surface part and having a box shape; and
a first shielding member, provided projecting from an inner surface of the first side surface part toward the inside of the main body part, that blocks odor from the urine from rising.

US Pat. No. 10,455,992

HAND DRYER HAVING MANAGED AIR FLOW

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A hand dryer for use in a lavatory of an enclosed vehicle, comprising:a dryer cavity including an input port, an exhaust port, and an opening for insertion of a hand having moisture thereon;
an air channel, pneumatically coupling the exhaust port of the dryer cavity to the input port of the dryer cavity, the air channel isolated from an interior volume of the lavatory; and
a blower, communicatively coupled to the air channel, for moving air through the air channel and the dryer cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,455,991

SHOWER FLOOR PANEL WITH FUNCTIONAL ELEMENT

Wedi GmbH, Emsdetten (DE...

1. A shower base panel module (100), comprising:a panel element (1) with a cut-out (20) on a first, top surface (7) thereof;
a continuous borehole (3) provided on the panel element (1);
an annular body (5) accommodated in the borehole (3) and for receiving a drain element (6), the annular body having
a flat outer collar (19) that fits into the cut out (20),
a body part (23) having a conical outer surface,
a first cylindrical wall (22) extending from an inner periphery of the flat outer collar (19) to the body part (23), and
a second cylindrical wall (W) extending from the body part (23); and
a reinforcement body (2) that includes an oblique wall (12) and an inner collar (11) with a horizontal end portion (H) at an end of the oblique wall, the inner collar delimiting a circular axial opening (9) that accommodates the drain element (6),
wherein, in an assembled state, an end of the second cylindrical wall (W) rests on the horizontal end portion (H) and the flat outer collar (19) is fully accepted by the cut out (20) so as to be flush with the top surface (7).

US Pat. No. 10,455,990

TRACKLESS, FRAMELESS BI-FOLD DOORS FOR USE WITH A SHOWER OR BATHTUB

1. Apparatus comprising two trackless and frameless bi-foldable glass panel doors, each bi-foldable glass panel door having an inner panel and an outer panel, wherein the outer panels are mounted on vertical hinges adapted to be attached to first and second walls at ends of a bath enclosure and are configured for folding the bi-foldable glass panel doors and swinging the folded frameless bi-foldable glass panel doors outward from or inward into the bath enclosure, wherein the two frameless bi-foldable glass panel doors are mounted without a top track that would interfere with access to the bath enclosure and without a bottom track that would be prone to accumulation of dirt, further comprising first and second wall jambs attached to walls at outer edges of a bath enclosure, wherein the vertical hinges are hinged fittings attached to outer edges of the outer panels of the two frameless bi-foldable glass panel doors, the hinged fittings being connected to the wall jambs, and further comprising two bi-fold hinges connected between the outer panel and the inner panel of each bi-foldable glass panel door, a handle attached near an inner end of each inner panel, and a magnetic steel strip connected to an inner edge of each inner panel of the frameless bi-foldable glass panel doors.

US Pat. No. 10,455,989

SHOWER DOOR

Ideal Sanitary Ware Co., ...

1. A shower door, comprising:a movable door, at least one rolling wheel being fixed on the movable door and at least one limiting member being fixed on the movable door; and
a track assembly, the track assembly comprising a track, the track being arranged below the rolling wheel, a closer being fixed on the track, the closer comprising a clamping member, a middle portion of the clamping member being provided with a clamping mouth facing upwards when the closer is fixed on the track;
wherein the limiting member comprises a limiting block and an anti-bouncing block, the limiting block is located over the track, the limiting block is adapted to be releasably clamped in the clamping mouth of the clamping member and the anti-bouncing block is located underneath the track,
wherein the limiting member further comprises a limiting member body, the limiting block is located at an upper end of the limiting member body and the anti-bouncing block is located at a lower end of the limiting member body, wherein the limiting block and the anti-bouncing block both extend perpendicularly from to the limiting member body;
wherein a circular groove is provided in a circumference of the rolling wheel and the rolling wheel is rollable along the track with the circular groove engaging the track, a distance between the anti-bouncing block and a lower wall of the track is smaller than a depth of the groove of the rolling wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,455,988

MAGNETIZED ACCESSORY SYSTEM FOR BATH OR SHOWER WALLS

AS AMERICA, INC., Piscat...

1. A system for bath or shower storage, comprising:a wall located on one or more sides of the bath or shower, wherein the wall includes an exterior surface that faces the bath or shower and an interior surface that faces away from the bath or shower, the interior surface having a pocket;
a panel comprising magnet- attracting material, wherein the panel is located within the pocket of the interior surface of the wall so that it creates a magnet-attracting zone in the wall;
one or more magnetic accessories comprising an attachment member and a storage member, wherein the attachment member comprises one or more magnets.

US Pat. No. 10,455,987

SCALABLE AUTOMATED COOKING SYSTEM HAVING SMALL FOOTPRINT AND REDUCED LABOR COST

1. An automatic cooking system, comprising:a computer system;
a plurality of transport containers, each configured to hold food ingredients; and
a system comprising a plurality of stations and a plurality of mini vehicles, wherein each mini vehicle is configured to move from station to station around the plurality of stations;
wherein each mini vehicle is configured to carry one or more transport containers of the plurality of transport containers;
wherein the plurality of stations comprises:
a plurality of cooking stations, each comprising:
a cooking container configured to cook food ingredients therein to produce a cooked food; and
an unloading apparatus comprising a motor, wherein the unloading apparatus is configured to turn a transport container of the one or more transport containers carried by a mini vehicle of the plurality of mini vehicles as to unload the food ingredients held in the transport container to the cooking container; and
one or more storage stations, each comprising a storage container configured to hold food ingredients for storage;
wherein the computer system is configured to control at least some of the movements of the mini vehicles;
wherein the computer system is configured to control the motors of the unloading apparatuses of the plurality of cooking stations.

US Pat. No. 10,455,986

OVEN ROASTING RACK

1. A cooking accessory comprising a handle suitable for grasping by a user, said handle connected to at least two elongated rods, each said elongated rod configured to penetrate a turkey to a first depth, and at least two shorter rods, each said shorter rod configured to penetrate the turkey to a second depth, said handle and said elongated rods forming a skewer extending sufficiently to support the turkey in a suspended manner;a frame for supporting said skewer, said frame including a pair of formed rod like members forming a horizontal bottom, said rod like members joined at their mid-sections and extending diagonally with respect to said mid-sections to define four bottom corners of said frame, each rod member terminating in an up-turned stud, said frame further including a second pair of formed rod like members releasably connected at opposing ends thereof to said studs and forming a support for said skewer on opposite sides of said frame, each of said second pair including a central region formed as a cradle to receive said pair of elongated rods, said skewer further comprising a cross piece affixed to said pair of elongated rods in spaced relation to said handle such that said central cradle region of said frame extends between said handle and said cross piece when said skewer is supported on said frame.

US Pat. No. 10,455,985

MIXING VESSEL

1. A mixing vessel, comprising:a vessel body comprising a bottom panel and a vessel wall upwardly extended from a border of said bottom panel, said bottom panel comprising a top surface, an opposing bottom surface and an opening cut through said top surface and said bottom surface;
a clamping device connected to said bottom panel of said vessel body and clamped on said top surface and said bottom surface of said bottom panel;
a stirrer housing comprising a head and a body, said head being upward and outward expanded from said body, said body inserted through said opening of said bottom panel of said vessel body; and
a stirrer assembly inserted through said stirrer housing; wherein said clamping device comprises a metal pressure plate and a bottom block, said metal pressure plate is contacted and located at said top surface of said bottom panel of said vessel body, a top surface of said metal pressure plate is an entire flat surface, said head is abutted upon said top surface of said metal pressure plate, said bottom block is located at said bottom surface of said bottom panel of said vessel body; said head of said stirrer housing is configured to push said metal pressure plate to contact said bottom panel of said vessel body, said body of said stirrer housing is connected to said bottom block and supports said bottom panel of said vessel body.

US Pat. No. 10,455,984

CONTAINER

TRI Innovations LLC, Hal...

1. A container, comprising:an upper grinding section, a lower grinding section, a collection section, an electronics housing, a storage container section, and a container holder;
the upper and lower grinding sections are mated together and are configured to grind and pulverize a target material;
the collection section is disposed beneath the lower grinding section and collects material falling through holes in the lower grinding section;
the electronics housing includes a display, microcontroller, and a power source; and
the storage container section is disposed beneath the electronics housing and is retained by the container holder.

US Pat. No. 10,455,983

MODULAR FOOD HOLDING SYSTEM

PRINCE CASTLE LLC, Carol...

1. A modular food holding system comprising:a plurality of individual modularized food holding chambers, each of the plurality of food holding chambers being physically and communicatively removably connected to one another, each of the food holding chambers comprising a food holding cavity and at least one of a heating element and a cooling element for heating or cooling the food holding cavity;
a chamber base physically and communicatively removably connected to one of the food holding chambers in the plurality of food holding chambers;
a food pan removably inserted within the food holding cavity of a food holding chamber of the plurality of individual modularized food holding chambers; and
a smart sensor either (i) integral to or (ii) physically attached to an exterior part of the food pan and operatively coupled to an electrical component of the food holding chamber of the plurality of individual modularized food holding chambers, wherein the smart sensor is in fluid connection with an interior of the food pan and directly senses a characteristic of a food holding environment within the food holding chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,455,982

COOKING VESSEL COMPRISING A SENSOR SUPPORT

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A cooking vessel (1) comprising a body (2) equipped with a bottom (3) and a lateral wall (4), a handle (20) mounted to the body (2) by mounting means (6, 22), and a sensor (30) disposed in a receiving housing (11) near the bottom (3) and equipped with at least one electrically insulated conducting element (31, 32), said sensor (30) and said conducting element (31, 32) being mounted to a support (40) which extends from the bottom (3) along the lateral wall (4) and which is mounted to the handle (20), wherein the support (40) includes a retaining part (42) for the sensor and the conducting element and at least one programmed deformation area (50, 55a, 55b) to allow mobility between the retaining part (42) for the sensor and the conducting element and the handle (20) in at least one direction,wherein the handle comprises: (i) a flanged through hole formed longitudinally through an extension of a housing of the handle; and (ii) a receptacle disposed below the housing at an end of the handle and which receives a mounting part of the support, and
wherein the support includes a programmed deformation area that is S-shaped, the S-shape comprising: a first end connected to the retaining part for the sensor and the conducting element; a second end connected to the mounting part of the support which is connected to the handle; and a neutral axis that is elongated relative to a neutral axis of a straight shape to allow greater mobility.

US Pat. No. 10,455,981

COMBUSTION BOX

1. A combustion box comprising: an inner casing (1) with a tubular configuration defining a hollow therein, which is disposed in a volumetric housing (2), wherein the inner casing (1) extends through the inside of the volumetric housing (2), and each one of the ends (11, 12) of the inner casing (1) is in contact with one of opposite faces (21, 22) of the inner contour of the volumetric housing (2), wherein an inner intermediate space (3) is defined between the inner contour of the volumetric housing (2) and the inner casing (1), and the intermediate space (3) contains a flammable solid material (5), wherein an outer support (6) is removably disposed within the inner casing in a non-use configuration, further comprising two essentially horizontal sheets (31), the inner casing (1) separating and passing through the same, inside the housing (2) and are adjusted on the inner contour of the volumetric housing (2).

US Pat. No. 10,455,980

DISPOSABLE GRILL

1. A disposable grill comprisinga base tray at least including a bottom part, one or more sidewalls protruding upwards from said bottom part and a top opening,
a grate adapted to cover at least a part of said top opening,
wherein said bottom part and said one or more sidewalls are formed by a biodegradable material,
wherein said disposable grill further comprises at least one fireproof thermal insulating insert arranged in said base tray, and
wherein said at least one thermal insulating insert is in direct contact with one or more sidewalls inside said base tray.

US Pat. No. 10,455,979

SMOKE TRAP APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

Traeger Pellet Grills, LL...

1. A device for at least one of grilling and smoking food products, comprising:an oven section having an outer wall and a lid that at least partially enclose an internal grilling compartment;
at least one rack for supporting food products within the internal grilling compartment; and
a grease management system, comprising:
a drip tray disposed below the at least one rack within the internal grilling compartment;
a receptacle having a floor and a perimeter wall extending upward from the floor, the floor and perimeter wall of the receptacle forming a receptacle cavity into which grease falling onto the drip tray is directed, the floor of the receptacle having a drain opening;
a tubular riser comprising a side wall surrounding the drain opening and extending upward from the floor of the receptacle into the receptacle cavity, an upper end of the tubular riser including an opening to an interior of the tubular riser, the opening positioned within the receptacle cavity and in fluid communication with the drain opening in the floor of the receptacle such that grease or liquid within the receptacle cavity can flow into the tubular riser through the opening and out from the receptacle cavity through the drain opening in the floor of the receptacle upon reaching a depth within the receptacle cavity; and
a capping element having an upper wall and a side wall extending downward from the upper wall, the capping element positioned over the tubular riser and configured such that grease or liquid within the receptacle cavity can flow under the upper wall of the capping element and into the tubular riser, the capping element further configured such that a quantity of grease or liquid within the receptacle cavity would preclude smoke within the oven section from flowing out from the oven section through the tubular riser.

US Pat. No. 10,455,978

COOKING DEVICE AND COMPONENTS THEREOF

SHARKNINJA OPERATING LLC,...

1. A cooking system for cooking food, the system comprising:a housing defining a hollow chamber configured to receive a food container, said housing having an upper portion defining an opening to said hollow chamber;
a first lid movable relative to said housing;
a second lid moveable relative to said housing, said second lid being separate from said first lid;
at least one heating element associated with at least one of said housing and said first lid;
a first detector for detecting a configuration of said first lid; and
a second detector for detecting a configuration of said second lid;
wherein the cooking system is operable in a plurality of cooking modes, operation of a particular cooking mode being dependent on a detected configuration of at least one of said first and said second lid by at least one of said first detector and said second detector.

US Pat. No. 10,455,977

FOOD PROCESSOR AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A FOOD PROCESSOR

1. An electrically driven food processor comprising:a preparation vessel,
a mixer and/or heating element allocated to the preparation vessel, and a communication device configured for transmitting information about an operating parameter for the food processor and/or a preparation parameter for a preparation item to a user of the food processor,
wherein the communication device exhibits a projection surface with a touch sensor for displaying information, and wherein the communication device has at least one marking element configured for determining a spatial orientation of the food processor relative to an external image generating device, the marking element exhibiting a grid of a plurality of two- or three-dimensional partial marking elements situated uniformly one next to the other, wherein the partial marking elements are actively luminous points and become smaller in a preferred direction of the marking element.

US Pat. No. 10,455,976

COUPLING SYSTEM OF A REMOVABLE VISOR FOR A PRESSURE COOKER

1. A coupling system for a removable visor configured for use with a pressure cooker with an elastomer material sleeve (5) and a transparent glass (2) to be attached to the lid (3) of the pressure cooker wherein the elastomer material sleeve (5) possesses two cavities (5.1) (5.2), a first cavity (5.1) smaller than a second cavity (5.2), the first cavity (5.1) connected to an opening (19) of the lid (3) that includes a lowered molding forming a clearance (41) that is wider than where the opening is made and a guiding assembly (14), and the second cavity (5.2) connected to an edge (2.1) of the transparent glass (2), wherein an outer diameter of the edge (2.1) of transparent glass (2) is larger than an inner diameter of the second cavity (5.2) of the sleeve (5);wherein the insertion of the transparent glass (2) into the second cavity (5.2) of the sleeves (5) expands the elastomer of the second cavity (5.2) by an inverted pressure (31) pressing and sealing the edge (2.1) of the transparent glass (2) to a gripping area (32) of the second cavity (5.2); said inverted pressure (31) conversely contracting the sleeve by an inverted pressure (30) pressing and sealing the gripping area (32) of the first cavity (5.1) against the opening (19) of the lid (3);
wherein the first cavity (5.1) includes a pair of micro sealing rings (15.a) (15.b) and the second cavity includes three micro sealing rings (15.c) (15.d) (15.e);
wherein an end (40) of the sleeve (5) is greater than a clearance (41) resulting from the lowering of the guiding assembly (14) as the sleeve (5) and the lid (3) do not couple; and
wherein the cavity (5.1) and the edge of the opening (19) do not align thereby making it impossible to couple the visor from an outside (18) of the lid (3).

US Pat. No. 10,455,975

BEVERAGE PREPARATION MACHINE

Koninklijke Douwe Egberts...

1. A beverage preparation machine comprising:a main housing having a front and a rear, a top including an upwardly-facing surface, and a bottom including a downwardly-facing surface;
a brew head having an outlet for discharging a prepared beverage;
a water reservoir having a top including an upwardly-facing surface, and a bottom including a downwardly-facing surface; and
a water path for conveying water from the water reservoir to the brew head;
wherein, the water reservoir is movable with respect to the main housing between a storage configuration and a beverage dispensing configuration, wherein in the storage configuration the water reservoir is located at a front of the beverage preparation machine with the downwardly-facing surface of the main housing being co-planar to the downwardly-facing surface of the water reservoir, and the beverage preparation machine has a first overall width across the front of the main housing of the beverage preparation machine; and
wherein in the beverage dispensing configuration the water reservoir is located laterally off-set from a midline of the main housing with the downwardly-facing surface of the main housing being co-planar to the downwardly-facing surface of the water reservoir, so as to increase the overall width of the beverage preparation machine across the front of the housing of the beverage preparation machine to a second overall width that is greater than the first overall width in the storage configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,455,974

CAPSULE KIT FOR USE IN A FOOD PREPARATION MACHINE

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A kit of at least two capsules each for containing at least one specific food ingredient, the at least two capsules being adapted to be alternatively functionally inserted in a brewing cavity of a food preparation machine for preparation of a multi-ingredient food product, each of the at least two capsules in the kit comprises at least one deformable portion that is deformed when the corresponding capsule is inserted into the brewing cavity, and/or when the brewing cavity is closed, so that at least one machine operational parameter is set by detection of a reaction force on the brewing cavity by the deformed at least one deformable portion, a predetermined value for the at least one machine operational parameter is associated with the reaction force of deformation of the at least one deformable portion, and the at least two capsules in the kit comprise deformable portions with different predetermined mechanical properties to customize machine brewing functional parameters to each of the at least two capsules inserted therein such that the at least two capsules comprise a first capsule that produces a first reaction force of deformation, the first reaction force of deformation associated with a first predetermined value for the at least one machine operational parameter, and the at least two capsules further comprise a second capsule that produces a second reaction force of deformation, the second reaction force different than the first reaction force, the second reaction force associated with a second predetermined value different than the first predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,455,973

MILK-FROTHING DEVICE WITH DYNAMIC MIXING UNIT, AND BEVERAGE MAKER CONTAINING THE SAME

1. A milk-frothing device, comprising:a dynamic mixing unit having a stator,
the stator having a series of shearing elements,
the dynamic mixing unit having a rotor that is rotatable relative to the stator,
the rotor having a series of shearing elements that engage intermittently with the shearing elements of the stator,
the rotor and the stator being configured to:
conduct milk and air to the dynamic mixing unit,
froth the milk and the air in the dynamic mixing unit,
subject the frothed milk and air multiple times to a shearing effect caused by rotation of the rotor relative to the stator such that rotation of the rotor relative to the stator is configured to shear and change direction of milk and air flowing between one series of shearing elements of the rotor and a directly adjacent series of shearing elements of the stator, and
discharge the frothed and sheared milk and air out of the dynamic mixing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,455,972

BEVERAGE BREWER WITH BREWING ROTATION

1. A beverage brewer, comprising;a stationary brewing chamber having an open end, a sidewall, and a closed end opposite the opening, configured to receive and support a sealed brewing cartridge;
an injection needle arranged in fluid communication with a liquid supply and configured to puncture a brewing cartridge disposed in the brewing chamber and to provide fluid communication from the liquid supply to an interior of the brewing cartridge;
a rotating member arranged at a periphery of the brewing chamber;
a motor configured to rotate the rotating member; and
a lid configured to selective cover the open end of the brewing chamber;
wherein the rotating member includes a pad attached to the lid and arranged to press on the brewing cartridge when the brewing cartridge is disposed in the brewing chamber and the lid covers the open end of the brewing chamber; and
wherein the pad is configured to rotate the brewing cartridge within the brewing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,455,971

AUTOMATIC MACHINE FOR PREPARING COFFEE

1. An automatic machine for preparing coffee, comprising an infusion assembly, a water tank, a heat exchanger with associated pump, and a grinder for grinding coffee beans, wherein said grinder is arranged in line with said infusion assembly and horizontally with respect to a resting surface of the machine, a container adapted to contain coffee beans being connected, in an upper region, to said grinder, said grinder being connected to a chamber adapted to contain a scraper, the ground coffee being adapted to pass horizontally from said grinder to said scraper, in order to accommodate within said scraper a preset dose of ground coffee, wherein said scraper is adapted to rotate within said chamber, said chamber being defined by a lower portion and an upper portion of said infusion assembly, which are mutually pivoted and/or coupled.

US Pat. No. 10,455,970

PACK, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREPARING BEVERAGES

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A pack with an inner volume in which a food or beverage ingredient is stored and in which a beverage is produced when water is introduced inside,the inner volume being defined by sheets of material joined at edges thereof, and the inner volume having a generally plane shape defining a plane vertically oriented during beverage production,
the pack comprising at least one water inlet configured for introducing the water in the inner volume and at least one beverage outlet configured for delivering the beverage from the inner volume, the at least one water inlet and the at least one beverage outlet being included in a single insert, the single insert being positioned at a bottom of the pack and being partially positioned between joined bottom edges of the sheets of material, and
an external end of the at least one water inlet is oriented essentially perpendicularly to the plane defined by the inner volume, and
the single insert comprises a centring hole extending essentially perpendicularly to the generally plane shape of the inner volume.

US Pat. No. 10,455,969

BEVERAGE DISPENSER WITH POWDER CONTAINER

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A method for preparing a beverage with a dispenser comprising at least one container for storing a soluble beverage powder, the at least one container comprising a tank, a discharge port at an outlet of the tank, a dosing device configured for displacing a dose of the soluble beverage powder to the discharge port, at least one beverage preparation unit operatively linked to the at least one container for preparing the beverage from the stored soluble beverage powder, the discharge port of the at least one container comprises an internal delivery tube comprising a hollowing-out in a bottom part of the internal delivery tube and closed at an end of the internal delivery tube next to the hollowing-out, an external movable cover covering at least a part of the internal delivery tube and comprising a hollowing-out in a bottom part of the external movable cover, the external movable cover being movable according to a translation movement between a dosing position in which both of the hollowing-outs of the internal delivery tube and of the external movable cover overlap each other, and a rest position in which a surface of the external movable cover overlaps and closes the hollowing-out of the internal delivery tube, the dispenser comprises an actuator configured to exert a force on the external movable cover to move the external movable cover between the rest position and the dosing position, the actuator comprising two rods, and each of the two rods is configured for engaging at a respective lateral side of the external movable cover at a first end of each respective rod, and each of the two rods extends along the respective lateral side of the tank, and each of the two rods is configured to engage a motorised actuator at a second end of each respective rod to create a translation movement of each respective rod, the method comprising the steps of:a) activating the dosing device to deliver the dose of the soluble beverage powder through the discharge port of the tank inside the at least one beverage preparation unit; and
b) preparing the beverage inside the at least one beverage preparation unit by mixing the dose of the soluble beverage powder with a diluent;
wherein, during step b), the surface of the external movable cover of the discharge port overlaps and closes the hollowing-out of the internal delivery tube of the discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,455,968

COFFEE DISPENSER

1. A coffee dispenser for dispensing a single serving of coffee, the coffee dispenser comprising:a first liquid line and a second liquid line, the first and second liquid lines joining at a junction;
a third liquid line extending from the junction and defining an outlet for dispensing coffee into a cup;
a first port in liquid tight connection to the first liquid line up to the junction which forms a first liquid tight channel from the first port to the junction, the first port being engageable with a coffee concentrate container containing liquid coffee concentrate to receive liquid coffee concentrate therefrom and to allow liquid coffee concentrate to flow into the first liquid line;
a first flow controller in fluid communication with the first liquid line to control the flow of liquid coffee concentrate along the first liquid line;
a water reservoir in liquid tight communication with the second liquid line up to the junction which forms a second liquid tight channel from the water reservoir to the junction, the water reservoir being capable of retaining water and delivering water to the second liquid line;
a second flow controller in fluid communication with the second liquid line to control the flow of water along the second liquid line; and
a main controller in operative communication with the first flow controller and the second flow controller, the main controller generating operational instructions for the first and second flow controllers to allow liquid coffee concentrate and water to flow along the first and second liquid lines, respectively, and mix with each other adjacent the junction to form the singe serving of coffee for dispensing through the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,455,967

CIRCULATOR COOKER

Anova Applied Electronics...

1. A sous-vide circulator cooker comprising:a head portion comprising a display;
a middle portion extending along a longitudinal axis from the head portion and having a pump motor therein; and
a lower portion extending along the longitudinal axis from the middle portion, with the middle portion between the head portion and the lower portion, the lower portion comprising:
a skirt having a proximal end attached to the middle portion and a distal end located remotely along the longitudinal axis from the middle portion, the skirt having one or more liquid intake openings passing therethrough,
a heating element located within the skirt,
a pump housing attached at the distal end of the skirt with the heating element between the pump housing and the middle portion, the pump housing having an outlet opening passing therethrough, wherein the outlet opening is oriented away from the longitudinal axis, and the pump housing is rotatable about the longitudinal axis to a plurality of different positions relative to one or more other portions of the sous-vide circulator cooker, and
a pump impeller rotatably mounted within the pump housing and operatively connected to the pump motor, the pump impeller being configured to selectively generate a flow of liquid from the one or more liquid intake openings, past the heating element, into the pump housing, and out through the outlet opening, when the pump housing is in the plurality of different positions.

US Pat. No. 10,455,966

POTATO RICER

BREVILLE PTY LIMITED, Al...

1. A ricing device for attachment to a motor housing of an electric mixer, the device comprising:a coupling portion; and
an inner leg and an outer leg that extend from the coupling portion to a blade shroud;
the inner leg terminating in a first array of openings and the outer leg terminating in a second array of openings;
the first and second arrays being rotatable relative to one another to form a third array of openings different from the first and second arrays of openings;
a drive shaft extending from a blade located within the blade shroud through the inner leg,
wherein a cross-sectional area of the third array of openings is governed between two or more values by mechanical indexing features that are associated with the first and second arrays of openings, and wherein the mechanical indexing features comprise one or more detents carried by the outer leg and the inner leg extends within the outer leg by a first distance co-axially with the drive shaft before the blade shroud, the first distance being larger than a diameter of the blade shroud.

US Pat. No. 10,455,965

POSTAL DELIVERY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

1. A signaling device comprising:a control system and a sensor;
wherein the sensor is electrically connected to the control system;
wherein the control system and the sensor are installed in a mailbox;
wherein the sensor monitors the contents of the mailbox;
wherein the sensor is mounted within the mailbox such that when a parcel is placed into or removed from the mailbox the sensor detects the addition or removal of the parcel;
wherein the sensor sends an electrical signal to the control system;
wherein upon detection of the electrical signal generated from the sensor to the control system, the control system initiates the generation of a first message;
wherein the control system sends the first message to an appropriate authority;
wherein the control system sends the first message via a wireless network;
wherein the wireless network is a publically accessible cellular communication network;
wherein the wireless network supports SMS and MMS messages;
wherein the sensor comprises a break beam sensor;
wherein the break beam sensor comprises a power source, a light source, and a photoswitch;
wherein the light source generates an electromagnetic beam;
wherein the break beam sensor uses the electromagnetic beam as a tripwire that detects a parcel that passes through the electromagnetic beam;
wherein the power source comprises a limit resistor and a battery;
wherein the light source comprises an LED;
wherein the photoswitch comprises a pull up resistor and a phototransistor;
wherein the limit resistor is further defined with a first lead and a second lead;
wherein the battery is further defined with a battery cathode and a battery anode;
wherein the LED is further defined with a LED anode and a LED cathode;
wherein the pull up resistor is further defined with a third lead and a fourth lead;
wherein the phototransistor is further defined with a phototransistor collector and a phototransistor emitter.

US Pat. No. 10,455,964

EXTENDED SHOEHORN DEVICE

1. A shoehorn device comprising:A shoehorn connected to a second tongue device located behind the shoehorn with a space in between said shoehorn and said tongue device for insertion of a shoe's backstay;
A horizontal extension extending laterally on one side of the device connected to one or both of said shoehorn and second tongue, said extension horizontally offsetting said tongue from a vertical centerline; and
A vertical extension connected to said horizontal extension, the horizontal extension being of sufficient length wherein the area of the tongue portion falls outside of the longitudinal plane of vertical extension, such that the vertical extension is to the side of the user during use.

US Pat. No. 10,455,963

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STABILIZING UNINTENTIONAL MUSCLE MOVEMENTS

Verily Life Sciences, LLC...

1. A handheld system, comprising:a housing shaped for holding by a hand, the housing including an open end;
a motion-generating mechanism at least partially disposed within the housing, the motion-generating mechanism including:
a first motor mounted to the housing and adapted to generate a first rotary motion about a first axis; and
a second motor mounted within the housing and coupled to a first output of the first motor such that the first rotary motion output from the first motor is imparted to the second motor and rotates the second motor relative to the housing within the housing, the second motor adapted to generate a second rotary motion about a second axis different from the first axis;
an attachment arm extending through the open end of the housing and having first and second ends, the first end coupled to a second output of the second motor and the second end configured to attach a user assistive device, wherein the attachment arm is movable relative to the housing in two degrees of freedom;
a motion sensor adapted to sense a motion of the handheld system and generate a feedback signal in response to the motion; and
a control system disposed within the housing and coupled to the motion sensor to receive the feedback signal from the motion sensor, the control system further coupled to the motion-generating mechanism and configured to control the first and second rotary motions with commands generated based at least in part upon the feedback signal from the motion sensor, wherein the commands direct the motion-generating mechanism to move the attachment arm relative to the housing to stabilize the attachment arm from unintentional muscle movements of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,455,962

DEVICE FOR CRACKING A SHELL OF A FOOD ITEM

NOCT AS, Haugesund (NO)

1. A device for cracking a shell of a food item, the device comprising:a first plier, a second plier and a pivot rotatably connecting the first plier with the second plier for enabling the food item, when arranged between the pliers, to be compressed between the pliers by rotation of the pliers towards each other;
a lockable spacing arrangement comprising an acceleration dependent locking device adapted to permit the rotation of the two pliers towards each other if an acceleration of the rotation is below a threshold value and adapted to lock the rotation of the two pliers towards each other if the acceleration of the rotation is equal to or exceeding said threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,455,961

ADAPTIVE HANDCUFF FOR PROGRESSIVE FEEDING UTENSILS

1. A progressive feeding apparatus comprising:a handle arch having a head, a curved portion, a connection portion, and a free end;
a handle grip having a cavity for receiving the connection portion of the handle arch
wherein the handle grip has a distal cross-section area unequal to a proximal cross-section area;
a weight positionablely disposed in the cavity of the handle grip; and,
a utensil attached to the head of the handle arch having a downward angle defined between a handle axis and a utensil axis in the range of 30° and 70°, a first angle defined between a grip lateral axis and a utensil axis of 10° or greater, and a lateral offset angle defined between a lengthwise handle axis and a lengthwise utensil axis in the range of 5° and 90°.

US Pat. No. 10,455,960

CONTAINER WITH PRESS BUTTON OPENING

Think One Pty Ltd, South...

1. A container lid assembly with a press button opening, the lid assembly comprising:a lid adapted for connection to a container, the lid having a first outlet opening and a second air opening wherein the first outlet opening and the second air opening are separate openings spaced from each other;
a valve member in the lid;
a press button actuator;
a biasing member;
wherein the lid has a top wall containing the first outlet opening, the top wall including a passageway, the press button actuator comprising a head portion located in the passageway and a pin portion, the pin portion enabling the valve member to be attached to the actuator, the press button actuator being positioned separate from the first outlet opening; and
a lock assembly wherein the lock assembly comprises a first inner member and a second outer member, the inner member including an opening to enable the inner member to fit about the pin portion of the press button actuator and to be rotatable about the pin portion, the second outer member being fixed to the lid to prevent rotation of the outer member, the inner member being locked against the outer member at at least one rotative position to maintain the press button actuator in the open position, and being released from the outer member at another rotative position to enable movement of the press button actuator to the closed position,
wherein the first inner member is positioned below the head portion of the press button actuator, depression of the press button actuator causing the inner member to rotate from one said rotative position to the other said rotative position,
wherein the passageway comprises an inner wall, the wall formed with at least one locking fin adapted for engagement with the outer member to prevent the outer member from rotating,
wherein the inner wall comprises a plurality of guide portions in the form of ramped teeth, the inner member adapted for movement between said rotative positions upon engagement with said guide portions,
wherein:
the valve member is slidingly moveable between an open position where the outlet opening and the air opening are open and a closed position where the outlet opening and air opening are closed by the valve member,
the valve member has a first sealing member adapted to seal the first outlet opening and a separate second sealing member adapted to seal the second air opening,
the first sealing member comprising a first leg member and the second sealing member comprising a second leg member and the first leg member comprising a separately formed first leg seal member formed from separate material to the first leg member and the second leg member comprising a separately formed second leg seal member formed from separate material to the second leg member,
the first leg member and the second leg member sized to fit between a respective pair of lugs on the lid so that the valve can slide up and down but the valve cannot turn clockwise or anticlockwise,
the press button actuator is connected to the valve member and is moveable between a depressed open position where the actuator moves the valve member to its open position and an extended closed position where the actuator moves the valve member to its closed position,
the biasing member biases the actuator to the extended closed position and the actuator is depressed against the bias of the biasing member,
the lock assembly controlling movement of the actuator such that one press of the actuator causes the actuator to adopt one of the open or closed positions and a second press of the actuator causes the actuator to adopt the other of the open or closed positions,
the lid having a top wall containing the first outlet opening, the top wall having an outer face and an inner face, a peripheral side wall, an inner side wall depending from the inner face of the top wall, the valve member adapted for sliding movement along the inner side wall between the open position and the closed position, and
the lid having an anti-rotation assembly to prevent the valve member from rotating about the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,455,959

PORTABLE BEVERAGE CONTAINER WITH A ROBUST AND EASILY CLEANABLE SEAL MECHANISM

IGNITE USA, LLC, Chicago...

1. A lid assembly for use with a portable beverage container, comprising:a lid housing;
a spout coupled to the lid housing and movable between a stowed configuration and a dispensing configuration, the spout defining a fluid passageway;
a seal housing carrying a sealing element, the seal housing is movable between an in-use position, wherein the seal housing is coupled to the lid housing and engages the spout such that the sealing element controls fluid flow through the fluid passageway of the spout, and a cleaning position, wherein the seal housing is coupled to the lid housing and spaced from the spout to permit cleaning of the sealing element;
a support base coupled to the lid housing and the seal housing;
a biasing element coupled to a portion of the support base, the biasing element configured to bias the seal housing to the cleaning position; and
a support arm connecting the seal housing and the support base, the biasing element coupled to a portion of the support arm.

US Pat. No. 10,455,958

CONVERTIBLE BEVERAGE CONTAINER AND DRINKING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING

1. A convertible beverage container and drinking apparatus for use with a second container, the convertible beverage container and drinking apparatus comprising:a first pod portion configured to secure a bottom end of the second container to the first pod portion to form a base for the second container that is wider than the bottom end of the second container; and
a second pod portion configured to removably attach to the first pod portion, the second pod portion having an open orifice at a drinking end and an attachment region oppositely disposed to the drinking end, the attachment region configured to fixably engage to a sealing cap at a mouth end of the second container to form a stemware drinking vessel having a foot, a stem, and a bowl in which the first pod portion forms the foot of the stemware drinking vessel, the second container forms the stem of the stemware drinking vessel, and the second pod portion forms the bowl of the stemware drinking vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,455,957

HEALTH PILLOW

1. A health pillow comprising a supine portion and two side-lying portions symmetrically arranged on the two opposite sides of the supine portion, wherein each of the side-lying portions has a front surface, the supine portion has a supporting protrusion extending beyond the front surfaces, and the supporting protrusion has a length between 6 cm and 20 cm and has a flat surface extending outwardly and away from the front surfaces, wherein the supporting protrusion has a front end away from the front surfaces which is formed with a tip structure having an inclined surface, and wherein the supine portion has a head-receiving recess disposed at a height lower than that of the flat surface and the front end of the supporting protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,956

FRAME FOR A PLANAR DISPLAY PANE

LIBERTY HARDWARE MFG. COR...

1. A frame sized to receive a planar display pane in one of a first opening and a second opening that is spaced apart and opposed to the first opening, with a first decorative surface oriented about the first opening, and a second decorative surface that is different from the first decorative surface, oriented about the second opening, wherein the first decorative surface has a different surface finish than the second decorative surface.

US Pat. No. 10,455,955

WALL MOUNTED STORAGE DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED HINGE

Steel Wave Ventures, LLC,...

1. A storage device with an integrated hinge coupleable to a structure, comprising:a mounting plate;
an external plate coupled to the mounting plate to define a receiving cavity, said external plate having a lower portion, an upper portion, and an intermediate portion, said intermediate portion extending outwardly at a non-zero angle with respect to an outer surface of the lower portion; and
a hinge plate received in the receiving cavity and coupled to the external plate, the hinge plate pivotably moveable about a pivot axis between an open position and a closed position, the hinge plate including a receiving portion at a lower end of the hinge plate and a securing portion at an upper end of the hinge plate, the receiving portion of the hinge plate being configured to receive and support an object when the object is positioned within the receiving cavity, and the securing portion being configured to move toward the mounting plate to secure the object between the securing portion and the mounting plate as the hinge plate moves from the open position to the closed position in response to the object engaging the receiving portion of the hinge plate.

US Pat. No. 10,455,954

SHELVING SYSTEM

SPG INTERNATIONAL LLC, C...

1. A shelving system including a shelf having first and second opposed sides and a weight supporting surface for storing or displaying articles, the shelving system comprising:first and second vertical support posts, each vertical support post having a height and first and second opposed exterior surfaces that face away from each other and a third exterior surface that is orthogonal to and couples the first and second opposed exterior surfaces; and
a plurality of support pins fixed to each of the first and second vertical support posts and spaced along the height of each of the first and second vertical support posts and extending away and outwardly from at least one of the surfaces of the first and second opposed exterior surfaces on each of the first and second vertical support posts; and
first and second support brackets, each of the first and second support brackets comprising a pair of spaced-apart opposed flanges and a surface orthogonal to and in contact with the pair of spaced-apart opposed flanges,
wherein the first support bracket is configured such that in an assembled state of the shelving system the pair of spaced-apart opposed flanges of the first support bracket is coupled to the first vertical support post with one flange of the pair of spaced-apart opposed flanges positioned in contact with the first exterior surface of the first vertical support post and the other flange of the pair of spaced-apart opposed flanges is positioned in contact with the second exterior surface of the first vertical support post, wherein each flange of the pair of spaced-apart opposed flanges includes at least one aperture configured to releasably engage one of the plurality of support pins on the first vertical support post, each aperture formed as a slot with an open end, wherein the first support bracket is configured such that in the assembled state of the shelving system the surface that is orthogonal to and in contact with the pair of spaced-apart flanges contacts and extends across the third exterior surface of the first vertical support post, and wherein the first support bracket is configured such that in the assembled state of the shelving system the first support bracket cooperates with the first vertical support post to support the first side of the shelf on a support surface, and
wherein the second support bracket is configured such that in the assembled state of the shelving system the second support bracket is coupled to and cooperates with the second vertical support post to support the second side of the shelf on a support surface; and
first and second cooperating brackets, each of the first and second cooperating brackets comprising a coupling portion configured to removably couple the shelf with one of the first and second vertical support posts and a support portion connected to the coupling portion and configured to support one of the first and second sides of the shelf,
wherein the coupling portion of the first cooperating bracket is configured such that movement of the first cooperating bracket in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the first vertical support post to couple the first cooperating bracket to the first support bracket constrains rotational movement of the first cooperating bracket relative to the first support bracket, wherein the first cooperating bracket is configured such that in the assembled state of the shelving system the first cooperating bracket is positioned between the first support bracket and the first side of the shelf to support the first side of the shelf, couples the shelf to the first vertical support post, and spaces the first side of the shelf from the first support bracket, wherein the first cooperating bracket is configured such that in the assembled state of the shelving system the support portion supports a portion of the shelf and the coupling portion transmits a loading force from the first side of the shelf to the first vertical support post, wherein the first cooperating bracket is configured such that in the assembled state of the shelving system the first cooperating bracket does not extend above a top side of the first support bracket and the first cooperating bracket hinders movement of the shelf in a direction orthogonal to a plane coincident with the third exterior surface of the first vertical support post,
wherein the second cooperating bracket is configured such that in the assembled state of the shelving system the second cooperating bracket is positioned between the second support bracket and the second side of the shelf to support the second side of the shelf, couples the shelf to the second vertical support post, and spaces the shelf from the second support bracket, and
wherein in the assembled state of the shelving system the weight supporting surface of the shelf does not extend above a top side of each of the first and second support brackets.

US Pat. No. 10,455,953

CHANNEL GLIDE ASSEMBLIES

Monster Energy Company, ...

1. A channel glide system comprising:a channel unit comprising a channel configured to receive a first column of beverage containers, the channel bounded at least partially by a first base, a first lateral fence, and second lateral fence;
a front stop unit removably connected with a front of the channel unit, the front stop unit comprising a first pillar and a second pillar, the first pillar comprising a first catch and the second pillar comprising a second catch, the first catch and the second catch being laterally spaced apart from each other;
wherein the first catch and the second catch each comprise a cantilevered free end with a front-most inner corner that engages with a sidewall of a front-most of the beverage containers, the front-most inner corner being rounded to reduce the likelihood of damage to the sidewall; and
a plurality of rear stop units each configured to removably connect with the channel unit, the plurality of rear stop units comprising:
a first type having a first length and being configured to receive a first number of beverage containers; and
a second type having a second length and being configured to receive a second number of beverage containers, the second number being greater than the first number;
wherein the number of beverage containers that can be received by the channel is adjustable based on whether the first or second type of rear stop unit is connected to the channel unit at the rear of the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,455,952

SKEWER FOR LOADING CUTLERY

1. A skewer system for loading a stack of cutlery pieces into a cutlery dispenser comprising:a) a stack of pieces of cutlery, the stack comprising a top, a bottom, a height extending from the top to the bottom, a front side, a rear side, a width extending from the front side to the rear side, a left side, a right side, and a length extending from the left side to the right side, and further wherein each piece of cutlery comprises a top, a bottom, a height from the top to the bottom and generally parallel to the stack height, a front side, a rear side, a width extending from the front side to the rear side and generally parallel to the stack width, an eating portion, a handle extending from the eating portion, the handle comprising a handle end and a non-circular hole extending from the cutlery piece top to the cutlery piece bottom; and
b) a skewer removably attached to the stack and comprising a vertical shaft comprising a vertical shaft top located above the stack top, a vertical shaft bottom located below the stack bottom, a vertical shaft height extending from the vertical shaft top to the vertical shaft bottom and generally parallel to the stack height, and a vertical shaft flange located adjacent to the vertical shaft bottom and located below the stack bottom, the vertical shaft positioned through the non-circular holes of the cutlery pieces, the vertical shaft rotatable relative to the stack of cutlery pieces along a rotation axis generally parallel to the stack height, wherein the vertical shaft is configured to rotate about the rotation axis between a locked position in which the vertical shaft flange is unable to pass through the non-circular hole in the cutlery pieces and an unlocked position in which the vertical shaft flange is able to pass through the non-circular hole in the cutlery pieces.

US Pat. No. 10,455,951

CUSHIONING MATERIAL HAVING SENSOR, AND BED

MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC., ...

1. A cushioning material having a sensor, comprising:a resin sheet composed of photoelastic resin,
a cushioning material laminated on the resin sheet,
a photosensor including a light generating unit and a light receiving unit that receives light generated from the light generating unit through the resin sheet, and
a processor that detects a stress applied to the resin sheet based on a light signal detected by the photosensor,
wherein the photoelastic resin has a glass transition temperature less than ?25° C.

US Pat. No. 10,455,950

MATTRESS MANUFACTURING PROCESS AND APPARATUS

DREAMWELL, LTD., Las Veg...

1. An innercore unit and bucket assembly alignment apparatus, comprisinga support comprising a planar conveying surface for supporting and automatically moving the innercore unit and bucket assembly from an entry point to an exit point;
a longitudinal reference rail parallel to and fixedly coupled to an edge of the conveying surface;
a retractable transverse reference rail coupled to the exit point forming a right angle with the longitudinal reference rail during alignment when in use;
a longitudinal positioning rail in movable communication with and coupled to the support configured to push the innercore unit and bucket assembly against the longitudinal reference rail; and
a transverse positioning rail in movable communication with and coupled to the support configured to push the innercore unit and bucket assembly against the retractable transverse reference rail while maintaining sliding engagement with the longitudinal reference rail,
wherein the longitudinal reference rail, the retractable transverse reference rail, and the longitudinal reference rail each comprise a contact surface perpendicular to the planar conveying surface, wherein each contact surface is configured to contact a respective side of the innercore unit and bucket assembly during alignment.

US Pat. No. 10,455,949

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTERNAL AIRBED STRUCTURE

POLYGROUP MACAU LIMITED (...

1. An inflatable air mattress comprising:a first surface having a first plurality of connection points on an interior side of the first surface;
a second surface having a second plurality of connection points on an interior side of the second surface, the second surface configured to be substantially opposite the first surface when the inflatable air mattress is inflated;
one or more side surfaces connecting the top surface to the bottom surface such that the first surface, the second surface, and the one or more side surfaces form an airtight enclosure; and
a mesh web attached to three or more connection points of the first plurality of connection points and one or more connection points of the second plurality of connection points.

US Pat. No. 10,455,948

MULTIMEDIA CHAIR

1. A multimedia chair comprising:a base having opposing seat supports and opposing side supports;
a seat connected to said seat supports;
an arm rest attached to each side support;
a controller;
a display supported by one of said arm rests and connected to said controller;
a multimedia module connected to said controller;
an adjustable foot support pivotably attached to the seat,
a foot support locking device connected to the adjustable foot support and said controller and actuated by said controller, wherein said adjustable foot support is initially in a stowed, locked and disabled position when the multimedia chair is not in use and optionally extends outward when the foot support locking device is activated by said controller and unlocked;
a back seat comprising a support rod pivotably connected between said opposing side supports and a back seat member carried by said support rod;
a back seat locking device supported by one of said side supports and connected to said back seat and said controller and actuated by said controller, wherein said back seat is initially in a forward, locked and disabled position making the multimedia chair unusable and movable rearward into an enabled position for use of the multimedia chair when said back seat locking device is activated by said controller and unlocked, said back seat locking device further comprising a locking pin that engages said support rod to lock the back seat into the forward, locked and disabled position; and
a user authorization module connected to said controller, wherein upon receiving a credit card authorization or wireless authorization signal from a wireless device of a potential user, said controller unlocks the foot support locking device and back seat locking device and actuates the display and multimedia module for use of the multimedia chair by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,455,947

CHAIR

1. A chair comprising:a base;
a support connected to the base, the support including at least one receiving region configured for aligned abutment of a juxtaposed second chair of identical design;
a seat pivotable relative to the support about a rotation axis between a sitting position and a raised position of the seat, wherein in the raised position the seat is pivoted out of the at least one receiving region of the support and exposes the at least one receiving region of the support;
the at least one receiving region of the support including an inner receiving region open outward and an outer receiving region, and the raised position of the seat exposes the inner receiving region and the outer receiving region;
a stop configured as a part of one of the outer receiving region and the inner receiving region;
a stop receptacle configured as a part of the other of the outer receiving region and the inner receiving region; and
wherein the stop is configured to interact with the stop receptacle of a juxtaposed second chair of identical design.

US Pat. No. 10,455,946

BACKREST HEIGHT ADJUSTING ASSEMBLY

1. A backrest height adjusting assembly comprising:a fixing seat including a lower end having a coupling portion adapted to be fixed in relation to a chair seat, wherein the fixing seat includes at least one fixing post extending in a vertical direction, wherein the at least one fixing post includes a plurality of positioning grooves spaced from each other in the vertical direction;
a backrest including a frame having a coupling seat at a central portion thereof for coupling with the fixing seat, wherein the coupling seat includes at least one coupling sleeve coupled with the at least one fixing post, wherein the at least one coupling sleeve includes a coupling hole extending in the vertical direction and having a lower end with an opening through which the at least one fixing post extends, wherein the at least one coupling sleeve includes a sidewall having a notch intercommunicated with the coupling hole and aligned with the plurality of positioning grooves of the at least one fixing post, and wherein the coupling seat includes a coupling portion;
an adjusting device including a fixing block, at least one gear, a movable block, and an elastic element, wherein the fixing block is mounted to the coupling portion of the backrest and includes at least one pivotal portion, wherein the at least one gear includes a plurality of teeth on an outer periphery thereof and is rotatably mounted to the at least one pivotal portion of the fixing block, wherein a portion of the plurality of teeth extends through the notch of the at least one coupling sleeve and is coupled with a portion of the plurality of positioning grooves of the fixing seat, wherein the movable block is movable in the vertical direction relative to the fixing block and includes a toothed portion, wherein the elastic element biases the movable block to move relative to the fixing block and biases the toothed portion of the movable block to mesh with the at least one gear to retain the backrest in a selected height relative to the fixing seat, wherein the movable block is actuatable to disengage the toothed portion from the plurality of teeth of the at least one gear to thereby permit the backrest to move in the vertical direction relative to the fixing seat, permitting height adjustment of the backrest relative to the fixing seat.

US Pat. No. 10,455,945

THORACIC REGION COMFORT SEATING SYSTEM

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A seat comprising:a seatback including a support surface, wherein the seatback extends in an upright direction from a seat bottom;
a thoracic support structure pivotally attached to the seatback adjacent a top surface of the support structure for movement between a first position and a second position, wherein a bottom surface of the support structure is positioned at a height above the seat bottom in the upright direction in order to align the bottom surface with at least a portion of a user's thoracic region; and
an actuator disposed between the support surface and the support structure, wherein actuation of the actuator pivots the support structure from the first position to the second position, wherein in the second position the bottom surface moves away from the seatback so the thoracic support structure lifts and supports at least a portion of the thoracic region of the user's spine.

US Pat. No. 10,455,944

SEAT CUSHION

1. A seat cushion provided for supporting a sitting person, comprising:a seat portion made of a resilient material and having an upwardly facing surface and a downwardly facing surface;
a plurality of mutually spaced inclined grooves formed in said seat portion, and arranged along longitudinal axes; wherein said inclined grooves extend along at least a portion of the distance between said upwardly facing surface and said downwardly facing surface; and wherein said longitudinal axes extend at an angle with respect to at least one of said upwardly facing surface and said downwardly facing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,455,943

THEMED STOOL

1. A stool comprising:a seat;
a mainframe component adapted to support the seat;
an inner shaft disposed within the mainframe component;
a lower shaft adapted to receive a distal end of the inner shaft;
a base removably attached to the lower shaft,
at least one of a three dimensional ornamental figure, a silhouette of a themed figure, and a decorative graphic removably attached to the mainframe component, and
a mounting bracket assembly removably attached to one of the three dimensional ornamental figure, a silhouette of a themed figure, and a decorative graphic to the mainframe component.

US Pat. No. 10,455,942

FOLDING CHAIR AND FOLDING SUPPORT THEREOF

Libin Chen, Changzhou (C...

1. A folding support, comprising:a linkage mechanism, the linkage mechanism comprising two linkage rods which cross each other and are hinged;
two support mechanisms, which are disposed in a mirror image relationship on two sides of said linkage mechanism respectively, each support mechanism comprising an upright rod, a sliding sleeve, a connector, and two diagonal bracing mechanisms;
said sliding sleeves being slidably received on said upright rods, an upper end of one linkage rod being hinged with said sliding sleeve, and a lower end of the other linkage rod being hinged with a lower end of said upright rod;
said two diagonal bracing mechanisms being disposed in a mirror image relationship with respect to said upright rods, each said diagonal bracing mechanism comprising a diagonal bracing rod and a bottom frame rod, an upper end of said diagonal bracing rod being hinged with said sliding sleeve, and a lower end of said diagonal bracing rod being hinged with one end of said bottom frame rod, an opposite end of said bottom frame rod being hinged with said connector, and a lower end of one linkage rod is hinged with said connector.

US Pat. No. 10,455,941

COLLAPSIBLE BUTTERFLY CHAIR

ZHEJIANG SUNSHINE LEISURE...

1. A collapsible butterfly chair, comprising a support frame and a chair cover, characterized in that the support frame comprises two first long side support rods, two second short side support rods, two front crossed rods hinged together in a crossed mode, two rear crossed rods hinged together in a crossed mode, and two support rods; the first side support rods and the second side support rods are hinged together in a crossed mode and separately arranged on two opposite side vertical faces, lower ends of the two front crossed rods are separately hinged to lower ends of the two first side support rods, upper ends of the two front crossed rods are separately hinged to upper ends of the two second side support rods, lower ends of the two rear crossed rods are separately hinged to lower ends of the two second side support rods, and upper ends of the two rear crossed rods are separately hinged to the two first side support rods; and the collapsible butterfly chair further comprises two sliding sleeves which are slidably arranged on the two first side support rods in a sleeving mode separately, lower ends of the support rods are hinged to the sliding sleeves, and upper ends of the support rods are hinged to the upper ends of the second side support rods.

US Pat. No. 10,455,940

CHAIR AND CHAIR CONTROL ASSEMBLIES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

HNI Technologies Inc., M...

1. A method of actuating a chair control assembly of a chair, the chair control assembly including a seat support, a link arm, and a control body, the method comprisingrotating a body of the link arm in a first direction about a first pivot which causes a pivot link of the link arm to rotate in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction about a second pivot;
in response to rotating the body of the link arm in the first direction, moving front riders and rear riders slidably coupled to the seat support and the control body upwardly and rearwardly in front channels and rear channels; and
in response to moving the front and rear riders upwardly and rearwardly in the front and rear channels, moving a seat mount of the seat support upwardly and rearwardly from a first lowered support position to a second raised support position such that a front of the seat mount is raised to a relatively greater extent than a rear of the seat mount.

US Pat. No. 10,455,939

ONE PIECE INJECTION-MOLDED STACKABLE ROCKING CHAIR

1. A stackable rocking chair comprising:a seat, a back, a pair of front legs, and a pair of rear legs, said front and rear legs splayed downwardly and outwardly from said seat so as to form a downwardly and outwardly diverging cavity below said seat that permits a second substantially similar rocking chair to be nested largely within said cavity;
a pair of rockers extending between said pair of front and rear legs, respectively, each of said rockers being downwardly curved and having an inner sidewall and an outer sidewall;
a curved bottom wall integral with and connecting said inner and outer sidewalls, a portion of said curved bottom wall touching the ground as the rocking chair rocks back and forth, said curved bottom wall including a plurality of drain holes;
said pair of rockers each having a plurality of substantially planar thin-wall ribs extending between said inner and outer sidewalls, said thin-wall ribs forming an acute angle with said inner and outer sidewalls, resulting in a plurality of polygonal cells;
said rockers having an open top between the inner and outer sidewalls such that said thin-wall ribs are substantially exposed at the top thereof;
wherein said seat, back, front legs, rear legs, rockers, inner and outer sidewalls, bottom wall, and thin-wall ribs are injection-molded in one piece; and
wherein each of said thin-wall ribs are oriented at the same angle with respect to one another, and at a different angle with respect to said curved bottom wall, so as to permit a mold to be removed therefrom in an upward motion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,937

DRAWER RELEASE

1. A drawer assembly with a release, comprising:a drawer;
a drawer release comprising a handle portion pivotally engaged to a fixed portion;
the fixed portion attached to or connected to a front portion of the drawer;
the handle portion extends an entire width or substantially the entire width of the front portion of the drawer;
the drawer engaged to a drawer slide, the drawer slide comprising an outer member and an inner member, the inner member attached to the drawer, the inner member slides relative to the outer member to provide a sliding movement to the drawer slide, the drawer slide having a lock that prevents the sliding movement of the drawer slide, the drawer slide having a lever rotatably mounted to the drawer slide, wherein the lever is moveable to release the lock of the drawer slide and allow the sliding movement of the drawer slide; and,
the drawer release comprising at least one engaging member that extends from the handle portion, and the at least one engaging member engages a surface of the lever of the drawer slide of the drawer to open or release the lock to allow the sliding movement of the drawer slide, and wherein a pulling motion applied to the handle portion causes the at least one engaging member to move in a substantially vertical direction to press against the surface of the lever to open or release the lock of the drawer slide.

US Pat. No. 10,455,936

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING SANITIZER FLUID, OPENING DOORS, AND RECORDING DATA PERTAINING TO HAND SANITIZATION

Altitude Medical, Inc., ...

1. A hand sanitization device comprising:a housing configured to be mounted on a door comprising a handle, wherein the housing comprises an upper housing portion, a lower housing portion, and a narrow housing portion therebetween, wherein the handle comprises a rose, and wherein the housing is configured to be mounted on the door such that the upper housing portion lies above the rose, the lower housing portion lies below the rose, and the narrow housing portion lies adjacent the rose and conforms thereto;
a cartridge disposed within the housing, wherein the cartridge contains a sanitizer agent;
an actuatable pump disposed in the housing and operably coupled with the cartridge, wherein actuation of the actuatable pump causes the cartridge to dispense the sanitizer agent to a user's hand;
an actuation mechanism operably coupled to the actuatable pump and movable from a first position to a second position, wherein movement of the actuation mechanism from the first position to the second position by the user's hand actuates the pump; and
a pump sheath adjacent the pump and coupled to the cartridge, the pump sheath acting to protect internal components in the housing from being splashed by the sanitizer agent when dispensed from the pump.

US Pat. No. 10,455,935

POST AND DECK COMBINATION FOR A SHELF ASSEMBLY

Affinity Hardware Co., Lt...

1. A post and deck combination for a shelf assembly, comprising:a vertical post, wherein the vertical post is hollow and includes an outer wall, wherein a plurality of slots is disposed at different heights of the outer wall, wherein each of the plurality of slots has a positioning portion;
a deck, wherein the deck is disposed parallel to a ground, wherein a coupling board is disposed on an edge of the deck and includes a first insertion groove having a first receiving end; and
a coupling member, wherein the coupling member is columnar and includes a first end, a second end, and a columnar portion interconnected between the first end and the second end, wherein the columnar portion includes a first section adjacent to the first end and a second section adjacent to the second end, wherein a diameter of the first section is smaller than a width of each positioning portion of the vertical post, wherein the second section is interconnected to the first section and has a diameter to be received in the first receiving end of the first insertion groove, wherein the columnar portion has decreasing diameters from the second end toward the first section, wherein the second section includes an inclined guiding face, wherein the coupling member is configured to extend through one of the plurality of slots to couple with the vertical post, wherein the positioning portion of the one of the plurality of slots is located at the first section of the coupling member, wherein the first insertion groove of the coupling board is coupled with the first end of the coupling member, wherein the first receiving end is located on the inclined guiding face of the second section, and wherein the coupling board is movable toward the first section.

US Pat. No. 10,455,934

MERCHANDISING SYSTEM

DISPLAYS PLUS, INC., Pla...

1. A merchandising system comprising:a deck having a left side, a left edge, a right side, a right edge, a front, a back, a top surface and a bottom surface;
a first pair of supports comprising a first left support and a first right support, each having a first straight bottom edge and a first straight top edge at a first non-zero angle relative to the first straight bottom edge;
a second pair of supports comprising a second left support and a second right support each having a second straight bottom edge and a second straight top edge at a second non-zero angle relative to the second straight bottom edge, the second non-zero angle being different than the first non-zero angle; and
a front stop configured to be removably attached to a shelf and to the front of the deck, and to extend vertically upward relative to the shelf when attached to the shelf and to the front of the deck; and
a merchandise divider configured to be removably attached to the top surface of the deck;
wherein the first left support is configured to be removably secured to the left side of the bottom surface of the deck such that the first straight top edge of the first left support is substantially flush with the left side of the bottom surface of the deck, and the first right support is configured to be removably secured to the right side of the bottom surface of the deck such that the first straight top edge of the first right support is substantially flush with the right side of bottom surface of the deck, whereby when the first left support is removably secured to the left side of the bottom surface of the deck and the first right support is removably secured to the right side of the bottom surface of the deck, the deck is at the first non-zero angle; and
wherein the second left support is configured to be removably secured to the left side of the bottom surface of the deck such that the second straight top edge of the second left support is substantially flush with the bottom surface of the deck, and the second right support is configured to be removably secured to the right side of the bottom surface of the deck such that the second straight top edge of the second right support is substantially flush with the right side of bottom surface of the deck, whereby when the second left support is removably secured to the left side of the bottom surface of the deck and the second right support is removably secured to the right side of the bottom surface of the deck, the deck is at the second non-zero angle.

US Pat. No. 10,455,933

GLASS CERAMIC WORKTOP

EUROKERA S.N.C., Chateau...

1. An item of equipment, comprising:at least one worktop that includes a transparent monolithic tempered glass or glass-ceramic material substrate, a surface area of said substrate being greater than 0.7 m2, a flatness of said substrate being less than 0.1% of a diagonal of the substrate, and an expansion coefficient of said substrate being less than or equal to 15·10?7 K?1, wherein a light transmission TL of said substrate is greater than 10% and an opacity indicator of said substrate is between 5 and 90;
at least one heating element; and
at least one interface for communication with at least one element of the worktop or with at least one external element for wireless communication,
wherein said item of equipment is devoid of light source(s).

US Pat. No. 10,455,932

CONTROL METHOD FOR ELECTRICAL ADJUSTABLE TABLE

TIMOTION TECHNOLOGY CO., ...

1. A control method of an electrical adjustable table, the electrical adjustable table comprising a table plate, at least one table foot, a lifting structure, a hand control device, at least one motion sensor unit and a control box, the control method comprising:a) activating an internal setting value or a user setting value at the control box for completing initialization setting;
b) entering a standby status for enabling to be operable;
c) receiving an operation via the hand control device and controlling the lifting structure to extend or shrink the at least a table foot in a first direction according to the operation to adjust a height of the table plate;
d) controlling the lifting structure to stop adjusting the height of the table plate when sensing the table plate being tilted via the at least one motion sensor unit during adjusting the height of the table plate;
e) retrieving a first length of the at least one table foot during adjusting the height of the table plate;
f) retrieving a second length of the at least one table foot after a first time period elapses;
g) when determining that an extending or shrinking speed of the at least one table foot being too fast according to the first length, the second length and the first time period, controlling the lifting structure to slow down the extending or shrinking speed; and
h) when determining the extending or shrinking speed being too slow according to the first length, the second length and the first time period, controlling the lifting structure to increase the extending or shrinking speed.

US Pat. No. 10,455,931

ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. An oral care implement comprising:a handle; and
a head extending along a longitudinal axis from a proximal end to a distal end, the head comprising:
a front surface;
a rear surface opposite the front surface;
a peripheral surface extending between the front and rear surfaces and defining a perimeter edge of the front surface;
a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending from the front surface;
an elastomeric component including a bumper portion that forms a distal-most section of the peripheral surface and a wall portion located along a distal-most section of the perimeter edge and protruding above the front surface;
the wall portion extending along the perimeter edge in a continuous manner from a first point of the perimeter edge to a second point of the perimeter edge, the first and second points located on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis; and
the wall portion comprises a first ramped portion, an apex portion, and a second ramped portion, the apex portion disposed between the first and second ramped portions; and
wherein the wall portion has a maximum height at a third point of the perimeter edge located between the first and second points, the third point located on the longitudinal axis and on the apex portion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,930

COSMETIC DEVICE

MTG CO., Ltd., Nagoya (J...

15. A cosmetic device having a main body portion, and a brush portion disposed outside the main body portion, the cosmetic device comprising:a vibration motor disposed in the main body portion and having a rotary shaft equipped with an eccentric weight;
a motor holding portion that holds the vibration motor;
a coupling portion disposed in the main body portion that connects the motor holding portion to the main body portion in a relatively displaceable state; and
a brush attachment portion extending from the motor holding portion and connected to the brush portion,
wherein the brush attachment portion extends in a direction different from an axial direction of the rotary shaft in the vibration motor, and
a vibration direction of the vibration motor is a brush length direction.

US Pat. No. 10,455,929

TOOTHBRUSH WITH ANGLED BRISTLES

Dr. Fresh, LLC, La Palma...

1. A toothbrush having a distal end and a proximal end, the toothbrush comprising:a head portion located at the distal end;
a plurality of bristles coupled to the head portion and extending outward in a ventral direction;
a neck portion having a neck portion distal end and a neck portion proximal end, the neck portion being coupled to the head portion at the neck portion distal end;
a shoulder portion having a shoulder portion distal end and a shoulder portion proximal end, the shoulder portion being coupled to the neck portion at the shoulder portion distal end and the neck portion proximal end, and the shoulder portion being curved toward the ventral direction;
a base portion located at the proximal end, the base portion having a base portion distal end and a base portion proximal end, the base portion being coupled to the shoulder portion at the base portion distal end and the shoulder portion proximal end, the base portion being curved toward the ventral direction; and
further comprising a rear shoulder grip located on a dorsal surface of the shoulder portion, such that the rear shoulder grip contacts a user's fingers to improve the user's ability to hold the toothbrush, the dorsal surface of the shoulder portion being curved toward the ventral direction.

US Pat. No. 10,455,928

HAIR BRUSH ELEMENT AND HAIR BRUSH CONFIGURATIONS

1. A hair brush element configuration comprising:a base;
bristles secured to the base; and
a plurality of brush elements secured to the base, the brush elements each including
a pedestal having a first end and a second end;
a setting fixed to the second end of the pedestal, wherein the setting includes
a plurality of first elements extending from the setting, wherein the first elements extend out from the setting, and wherein the setting is a spherical element having an increased width relative to the pedestal element, and
a plurality of second elements extending from the setting, wherein the second elements extend out from the setting and are interspersed with the first elements on the setting, and wherein the second elements have a smaller width relative to the first elements.

US Pat. No. 10,455,927

LOOP FOR USE WITH A VARIETY OF HANDHELD DEVICE CASES

GENEZE INNOVATION INC., ...

1. A loop apparatus for secure manipulation of a protective case for a handheld device, the protective case including at least one existing opening corresponding to existing features of the handheld device including at least one of an existing main opening for receiving the handheld device, an existing data port opening, an existing speaker opening, an existing camera opening, or an existing other opening, the handheld device having a front side and a back side, the protective case having an inside and an outside, the apparatus comprising:a strap having a flat shape of predetermined thickness, width and length thereby delimiting a front side of the strap, a backside of the strap, two ends of the strap, and a middle portion of the strap between the two ends;
a manipulative portion of the loop provided in the middle portion of the strap on the outside of the protective case to facilitate manipulation, the manipulative portion further including at least one fold provided in the middle portion of the strap, the at least one fold configured such that each of the two ends of the strap is passable through the at least one existing opening in the protective case so as to reach the inside of the protective case; and
an operative portion of the loop provided in at least one of the two ends of the strap on the inside of the protective case to secure the loop, the operative portion including at least one adhesive layer provided on the at least one of the two ends of the strap, the at least one adhesive layer adherable onto at least one of the inside of the protective case, the back of the handheld device, the front side of the strap, or the backside of the strap;wherein the operative portion of the loop is squeezed between the inside of the protective case and the back side of the handheld device when the handheld device is inserted into the main opening of the protective case thereby securing the loop to the handheld device and protective case while leaving the manipulative portion of the loop at the outside of the protective case to facilitate manipulation of the handheld device and protective case.

US Pat. No. 10,455,926

CARRYING CASE, CARRYING CASE KIT AND METHODS

1. A carrying case for carrying a device having a width and a length, said carrying case comprising:a main panel having a top surface and a bottom surface, said main panel comprising:
a substantially rectangular device wrap portion having a width defined by a pair of sides and sized to wrap around the width of the device, and a length defined by a pair of ends and sized to cover at least a substantial portion of the length of the device; and
a main strap portion having a main strap length and a main strap width, wherein said main strap portion extends from said device wrap portion and is positioned such that a midpoint of said main strap width is substantially coincident with a midpoint of said width of said device wrap portion, wherein said main strap width is a fraction of said width of the device wrap portion, and wherein said main strap length is at least one and a half times the length of the device; and
a tail strap having a tail strap top surface, a tail strap bottom surface, a tail strap width defined by a pair of tail strap sides, and a tail strap length defined by a tail strap connection end and a tail strap free end, wherein said tail strap connection end is connected to and extends from said top surface of said main strap portion of said main panel;
a first hook portion of a hook and loop fastener and second hook portion of a hook and loop fastener, wherein each of said first hook portion and said second hook portion are disposed upon the bottom surface of the device wrap portion of the main panel proximate to opposite sides of said device wrap portion;
a third hook portion of a hook and loop fastener disposed upon said bottom surface of the main strap portion proximate to the end of said main strap opposite the device wrap portion;
a fourth hook portion of a hook and loop fastener disposed upon substantially an entire top surface of the tail strap;
a first loop portion of a hook and loop fastener disposed upon said top surface of the device wrap portion proximate to one side of said device wrap portion;
a second loop portion of a hook and loop fastener disposed upon said top surface of said main panel proximate to said midpoint of the device wrap portion and extending along substantially an entire length of the bottom surface of said device wrap portion and along said main strap to said connection end of said tail strap; and
a third loop portion of a hook and loop fastener disposed upon substantially an entire bottom surface of the tail strap.

US Pat. No. 10,455,925

BACKPACK WITH INTEGRAL RAINCOAT

1. A backpack with an integral raincoat, the backpack comprises of:a bag that has a top, a bottom, a front and rear side and a pair of shoulder straps that are attached to the rear side of the backpack, the rear side of the backpack defines a central opening that defines a first compartment that runs from a top rear side of the backpack toward a bottom rear side of the backpack;
a retractable roller mechanism that has a strap, the strap has a first end and a second end, the first end of the strap is attached to the roller mechanism and the roller mechanism is attached to the first compartment of the backpack; and
a raincoat that is attached to the second end of the strap, the bag defines at least one front compartment in the front of the bag.

US Pat. No. 10,455,924

SLEEPING PAD FOR SLEEPING COT

NEMO EQUIPMENT, INC., Do...

1. A flexible contoured sleeping pad comprised of a plurality of inflatable cells, said flexible contoured sleeping pad configured for being disposed upon a support surface having a sag when measured from first and second outer side edges of said support surface towards a central region of said support surface, for creating a generally level sleeping surface on said support surface having a sag, comprising:the flexible contoured sleeping pad having a length, a width and a top and bottom surface, said width defined by first and second longitudinal edges, wherein said top and bottom surfaces are joined proximate said first and second longitudinal edges in defining a plurality of sleeping pad inflatable cells disposed between said top and bottom surfaces; and
said flexible contoured sleeping pad comprising a plurality of sleeping pad inflatable cells including one or more inflatable cells proximate a central portion of said width of said flexible contoured sleeping pad and first and second inflatable cells disposed proximate said first and second longitudinal edges respectively, said first and second inflatable cells disposed proximate said first and second longitudinal edges having a first thickness proximate said first and second longitudinal edges and said one or more inflatable cells proximate a central portion of said width of said flexible contoured sleeping pad having a second thickness proximate a central region of said width at a point approximately one-half of a distance between said first and second longitudinal edges, said second thickness being greater than said first thickness, wherein a thickness of said flexible contoured sleeping pad increases from said first thickness proximate said first and second longitudinal edges to said second thickness proximate a central region in gradual thickness increments in successive and adjoining inflatable cells which increments correspond generally to said sag in said support surface, such that said flexible contoured sleeping pad is configured for creating a generally level sleeping surface on said support surface having a sag when measured from said first and second outer side edges of said support surface towards said central region of said support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,455,923

ENTERAL FEEDING SYSTEM

1. A therapeutic accessory comprising:a stanchion, a plurality of mounting brackets, and a backpack;
wherein the plurality of mounting brackets attach to the stanchion;
wherein the stanchion and plurality of mounting brackets are attached to and contained within the backpack;
wherein the therapeutic accessory is configured for use with an enteral feeding system;
wherein the enteral feeding system comprises a feeding tube and a feeding machine;
wherein the therapeutic accessory is a luggage item that is configured to transport the enteral feeding system;
wherein the stanchion attaches the plurality of mounting brackets to the backpack;
wherein the stanchion comprises a ninth telescopic structure;
wherein each of the plurality of mounting brackets is a rectilinear structure that forms a right angle;
wherein each of the plurality of mounting brackets attaches to the stanchion;
wherein the span of the length of each of the plurality of mounting brackets is adjustable in two dimensions;
wherein each of the plurality of mounting brackets is used to support and contain the feeding machine within the backpack;
wherein the plurality of mounting brackets comprises a first mounting bracket, a second mounting bracket, a third mounting bracket, and a fourth mounting bracket;
wherein the backpack is a luggage item that is further defined with an anterior surface and a posterior surface;
wherein the ninth telescopic structure is a telescopic structure that comprises a seventeenth arm, an eighteenth arm, and a ninth detent;
wherein the position of the eighteenth arm relative to the seventeenth arm is held in position using the ninth detent;
wherein the seventeenth arm is a hollow prism that is further defined with an inner dimension;
wherein the eighteenth arm is a prism that is further defined with an outer dimension;
wherein the eighteenth arm is geometrically similar to the seventeenth arm;
wherein the span of the outer dimension of the eighteenth arm is lesser than the span of the inner dimension of the seventeenth arm such that the eighteenth arm inserts into the seventeenth arm;
wherein the length of the ninth telescopic structure is adjusted by adjusting the relative position of the eighteenth arm within the seventeenth arm;
wherein the seventeenth arm is further defined with a thirty-third end and a thirty-fourth end;
wherein the eighteenth arm is further defined with a thirty-fifth end and a thirty-sixth end.

US Pat. No. 10,455,922

LOAD CARRIAGE FRAME

TYR Tactical, LLC, Peori...

1. A load carriage apparatus comprising:a rigid frame top disposed at a proximal end of a load carriage frame, the frame top including a proximal bar and a distal bar each extending between a first side bar and a second side bar;
a rigid frame base disposed at a distal end of the load carriage frame, the frame base including a rear portion connected to a first side portion and a second side portion;
a spine made from a first flexible material connecting a center portion of the proximal bar of the frame top to the rear portion of the frame base, a length of the first side portion extending in a first direction away from the spine and a length of the second side portion extending in a second direction away from the spine, the first direction being different from the second direction such that the first side portion and the second side portion are oriented in a non-parallel relationship with each other;
a first tube made form a second flexible material extending from the first side bar to the frame base relative to the first side portion; and
a second tube made form the second flexible material extending from the second side bar to the frame base relative to the second side portion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,921

ROLL-UP MAT WITH STORAGE

1. A roll-up mat with storage, comprising:a flexible mat, configured to lie flat for use with an activity surface facing up, the flexible mat comprising a plurality of substantially rigid parallel segments hingedly connected with lie-flat hinges, comprising a stop shoulder and a stop bar, the stop bar being configured to contact the stop shoulder to prevent rotation in one direction of adjacent segments beyond the generally planarly-aligned flat configuration, to limit the rotation of adjacent parallel segments to a generally planarly-aligned flat configuration when fully open; and
a storage container, enclosing an interior space, having
two end walls, connected by at least one side wall; and
an opening, adjacent to the at least one side wall, the flexible mat being attached to the at least one side wall of the container near the opening and configured to selectively wrap around the container to a closed position covering the opening, with the activity surface facing the interior space.

US Pat. No. 10,455,920

PERSONAL PRODUCT APPLICATOR AND DISPENSER

1. A personal care product applicator comprises a plurality of cartridge assemblies arranged in series along a common axis, wherein each cartridge assembly includesa cartridge holder comprising a body that includes a cylindrical wall with an axial length, an axial bore in an upper surface proximate a top of the body, and an upper securement and a lower securement, for securing the plurality of cartridge assemblies in series; and
a product cartridge including:
(i) a cartridge that comprises a base and a plug that includes a cylindrical wall having an axial length with a bottom surface, which extends from a lower surface of the base, the plug configured for inserting into the axial bore for attaching the product cartridge to an attaching means of the cartridge holder; and
(ii) a volume of a personal care composition disposed to an upper surface of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,455,919

PEN AND PEN REFILL HAVING A LONGITUDINALLY EXTENDING GROOVE FOR TRANSFERRING DECORATIVE PARTICLES

Kuretake Co., Ltd., Nara...

1. A pen comprising:an ink reservoir configured to store an ink containing decorative particles;
a pen tip that has a proximal end to which the ink is supplied from the ink reservoir, a distal end opposite to the proximal end and configured to contact an ink coating target, and an outer circumferential surface extending from the proximal end to the distal end, and that is configured to apply the ink to the ink coating target; and
a holder part having a through hole through which the pen tip is inserted, the holder part being configured to at least partially hold the pen tip while exposing the distal end of the pen tip in the state where the pen tip is inserted through the through hole,
wherein the pen tip comprises a groove opening on the outer circumferential surface of the pen tip and extending from the proximal end to the distal end, and
wherein the holder part comprises: a first opening on an inner circumferential surface that defines the through hole and is capable of at least partially binding the pen tip; and an ink holding part constituted by a hollow that communicates with the first opening, extends radially outward from the first opening, and is capable of holding the ink from the ink reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,455,918

DEPRESSIBLE THERMAL TIPS

HCT GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITE...

1. A cosmetic dispenser for applying a product to a body comprising:a housing having a reservoir for containing the product, the housing having a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
a thermal applicator depressibly coupled to the first end of the housing, the thermal applicator being depressible from a closed position preventing the product from being dispensed to an open position allowing the product to be dispensed; and
an actuator disposed at the second end of the housing, the actuator extending beyond the second end of the housing in a direction opposite the first end of the housing, the actuator configured to expel product around the thermal applicator.

US Pat. No. 10,455,917

DEVICE FOR DISPENSING A FLUID PRODUCT

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A device for dispensing a fluid product, comprising:a container containing said product;
an electric motor comprising a rotatably driven shaft;
a dispensing system actuated by the rotation of the motor, a quantity of the product dispensed depending on the rotation of the motor;
a switching body controlling the operation of the motor;
a stop control element rotatably driven by the shaft, assuming an active position during the rotation thereof, wherein in said active position the stop control element causes the switching body to interrupt a power supply of the motor, and
a restarting circuit comprising a switch, the restarting circuit arranged in such a way as to switch into an activated state, when triggered, wherein, in said activated state, the restarting circuit forces the starting of the electric motor when the stop control element is in the active position, the restarting circuit remaining activated for a period long enough for the stop control element to leave its active position, the restarting circuit then becoming inactive such that the motor stops operating when the stop control element regains its active position once the restarting circuit is inactive again, wherein in said activated state and during said period, power is supplied to said electric motor via the switch of the restarting circuit while the switching body is in the active position.

US Pat. No. 10,455,916

HAIR STYLING APPARATUS

Jemella Limited, Leeds (...

1. A hair styling apparatus comprisinga body having at least one arm bearing a hair styling heater for heating hair to be styled;
a temperature sensor arranged to sense a temperature of the hair styling heater and to generate an electrical temperature sense signal that depends on the sensed temperature of the hair styling heater; and
a power supply unit comprising a transformer having a primary winding on a first side and a secondary winding on a second side, an AC input and a primary side switch coupled to the first side of the transformer, a heater drive output coupled to the second side of the transformer element and to the hair styling heater to power said hair styling heater, and a power controller configured to regulate the heater drive output by controlling an input to the first side of the transformer element,
wherein the power controller is coupled to the temperature sense signal; and
wherein the power controller is configured to regulate the heater drive output of the power supply in multiple steps by adjusting a duty cycle of the primary side switch so as to control the temperature of the hair styling heater responsive to the temperature sense signal.

US Pat. No. 10,455,915

PERSONAL WHEELED CONTAINER EXTERIOR SUPPORT SHELF

Russell Wilkin, Henderso...

1. A personal wheeled container, comprising:a body including a first end, a second end opposing the first end, a pair of opposing sides attaching the first end and the second end together, a top, and a bottom opposing said top, said body having an outside surface;
one or more wheels attached to said body;
a pull handle attached to said body;
an exterior support shelf removably attached to said outside surface of said body, said exterior support shelf including:
an elongated support member, said support member having a longitudinal axis and including:
an upper plate, an opposing lower plate, and a pair of side members that each extend along the longitudinal axis of said support member and attach said upper plate and said lower plate together, wherein said upper plate and said lower plate are attached together by said side members in a manner such that said upper plate and said lower plate are coplanar to one another and spaced apart to form a cavity between said upper plate and said lower plate that extends though said support member along the longitudinal axis of said support member;
a pair of opposing open ends, each open end forming an opening to said cavity; and
a shelf extension assembly, said shelf extension assembly including a pair of extendable/retractable shelf extensions that are attached to said support member, wherein each shelf extension can be extended from and retracted into said cavity through an open end of said support member to extend the length of said support member along its longitudinal axis beyond each side of the wheeled personal container.

US Pat. No. 10,455,914

PORTABLE STORAGE APPARATUS THAT INCLUDES AN INTEGRATED ARRANGEMENT FOR CONVERTING THE APPARATUS TO A BED OR A CHAISE

1. A portable storage apparatus, comprising:a storage; and
at least one support arrangement convertible to a resting platform, the support arrangement including at least one support arm, a handle connected to said at least one support arm, a roller, and a compliant body,
wherein said at least one support arm and said handle together are movable relative to said storage from a stored state to a deployed state where said support arrangement is converted to said resting platform;
wherein said compliant body is rolled around said roller;
wherein said roller resides in a compartment inside said handle; and
wherein said handle is located adjacent a surface of said storage in said stored state and moveable relative to said storage to said deployed state, whereby when said handle is moved away from said storage, said compliant body rolls out of said compartment inside said handle through an opening in said handle to convert said at least one support arrangement to said resting platform.

US Pat. No. 10,455,913

LUGGAGE WITH AUTO-SUPPORT MECHANISM

1. A luggage, comprising a luggage body, a luggage wheel mounted to each of two opposite lateral sides of said luggage body and a support mechanism mounted to each of the said two opposite lateral sides of said luggage body corresponding to one respective said luggage wheel, wherein:said support mechanism comprises a locating shaft, a support member and a position-limiting member, said locating shaft being affixed to said luggage body and comprising a first locating groove and a second locating groove located on the periphery thereof and a stop rib disposed between said first locating groove and said second locating groove, said support member comprising a base block, a pivot hole located on said base block and pivotally coupled to said locating shaft, a support portion located on one end of said base block and an actuation portion located on an opposite end of said base block, said position-limiting member being mounted in said base block of said support member and transversely movable in and out of said pivot hole such that when said luggage body is tilted for movement by said luggage wheels, said position-limiting member is engaged in said second locating groove to lock said support member in a position where said actuation portion protrudes over a bottom side of said luggage body; when said luggage body is shifted from said tilted position to an erected position, said actuation portion is forced by the floor to bias said support member, causing movement of said position-limiting member out of said second locating groove over said stop rib into said first positioning groove and simultaneously forcing said support portion into abutment against the floor where the distance between said support portion and a front side of said luggage body is larger than the distance between the axis of said luggage wheels and the said front side of said luggage body.

US Pat. No. 10,455,912

CANOPIES AND CANOPY SUPPORT STRUCTURES

ARTiculatedshade, LLC, B...

1. A canopy support structure, comprising:a support pole having a track therein, thereon, or coupled thereto, wherein the track extends in a longitudinal direction along the support pole;
a three-dimensional array of hub pairs including a primary hub pair and at least two secondary hub pairs, the hubs of each hub pair being movable toward each other during extension of the canopy support structure and away from each other during retraction of the canopy support structure,
wherein the primary hub pair includes a first hub and a second hub,
wherein each of the first hub and the second hub is coupled to the support pole,
wherein at least one of the first hub and the second hub is slidably engaged with the track and movable along the support pole; and
wherein the at least two secondary hub pairs comprises a first secondary hub pair, each hub of the first secondary hub pair comprises a respective secondary canopy support structure mount, and the secondary canopy support structure mounts are configured to receive a third hub pair of a secondary canopy support structure and axially align the third hub pair with the first secondary hub pair; and
a plurality of articulating arms connecting the primary and secondary hub pairs,
wherein the articulating arms include sets of scissor-connected primary articulating arms, and
wherein each of the primary and secondary hub pairs is pivotally connected to at least one other of the primary or secondary hub pairs by a respective set of the scissor-connected primary articulating arms.

US Pat. No. 10,455,911

AUTOMATED UMBRELLA ASSEMBLY

1. An automated umbrella assembly being automatically urged between a deployed position and a stored position wherein said assembly is configured to shade an area without manual manipulation, said assembly comprising:an umbrella being positionable between a deployed position and a stored position, said umbrella including a plurality of ribs, a canopy being positioned on said ribs, a runner, a top tube, a bottom tube and a plurality of stretchers, said runner having a top end, a bottom end and an interior surface, each of said stretchers being pivotally coupled between said top end of said runner and a respective one of said ribs, said runner being slidably positioned around said top tube for sliding upwardly and downwardly along said top tube when said umbrella is positioned between said deployed position and said stored position, said top tube having a lower end and an inside surface, said bottom tube having an upper end, said lower end of said top tube being spaced from and being aligned with said upper end of said bottom tube;
a worm gear being rotatably coupled to said umbrella for urging said umbrella between said deployed position and said stored position;
a pole having said umbrella being pivotally coupled thereto, said pole having an uppermost end, a lowermost end and an outer wall extending therebetween, said pole being hollow, each of said uppermost end and said lowermost end being open, said uppermost end having a notch extending downwardly towards said lowermost end, said outer wall of said pole having a cut therein, said cut extending around an entire circumference of said pole to define a top portion of said pole and a bottom portion of said pole;
a base insertably receiving said pole such that said umbrella is spaced from said base;
a control circuit being positioned in said pole; and
a worm gear motor being coupled to said umbrella, said worm gear being rotatably coupled to said worm gear motor, said worm gear motor being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said worm gear motor rotating said worm gear in a first direction when said worm gear motor is turned on to rotate in a first direction wherein said umbrella is urged into said stored position, said worm gear motor rotating said worm gear in a second direction when said worm gear motor is turned on to rotate in a second direction wherein said umbrella is urged into said deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,455,910

CANE WRAP AND WALKER SADDLE BAG

1. A walker saddle bag, consisting of:a first flap and a second flap coupled together with a central portion;
an exterior surface defined by the first flap, the second flap, and the central portion;
an interior surface defined by the first flap, the second flap, and the central portion;
a single column of compartments formed on an interior of the first flap;
a single column of compartments formed on an interior of the second flap, and;
one or more hook-and-loop fasteners formed on the interior surface at the central portion and configured to removably secure the central portion around a horizontal bar of one of a walker and a crutch;
wherein each of the compartments on the interior of the first flap comprises a longest length parallel with a longest length of the central portion, and wherein each of the compartments on the interior of the second flap comprises a longest length parallel with the longest length of the central portion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,909

POLE SHAFT DEVICE

1. A pole shaft device, comprising:an outer shaft (10);
an inner shaft (20) which is disposed in the outer shaft (10) and slides along the inside of the outer shaft (10);
an outer groove (12) formed on an inner surface of the outer shaft (10) in a longitudinal direction;
a fixing member (30) which is fixed on the inner shaft (20) and has at least one inclined surface (35) formed in the circumferential direction thereof; and
an extension member (40) which is coupled to the outer shaft (10) so as to be movable in the longitudinal direction thereof and extended by friction with the inclined surface so as to fix the outer shaft (10) and the inner shaft (20),
wherein the extension member (40) includes:
a slide protrusion (42) slidably coupled to the outer groove (12) formed in the longitudinal direction of the outer shaft (10); and
an extension locking portion (46) that protrudes inward in a radial direction and interlocks with an inclined end (36),
wherein the extension member (40) is formed with a bending pattern (41) formed by bending in a vertical direction, and
wherein the slide protrusion (42) of the extension member (40) is inserted to the outer groove (12) such that the extension member (40) interlocks with the outer groove (12) in a circumferential direction and does not rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,455,907

BRACELET FOR A TIMEPIECE

GEOSATIS S.A., Le Noirmo...

1. A bracelet for a timepiece, the bracelet comprising:at least a first strap section and a second strap section, each strap section comprising a first end adapted to be joined to a watchcase and a second end joined to a foldable clasp, the foldable clasp being arranged such that it exhibits an unfolded state, in which said second ends are at a maximum separation, and a folded state, in which said second ends are maintained at a minimum separation, the first strap section or the second strap section comprising at least one electrical component,
first and second battery housings each adapted to receive a battery, the first and second battery housings being situated at said second ends of said first strap section and second strap section, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,455,906

CONSISTENTLY-TIGHT WATCH BAND

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A watch band, comprising:a first end for connecting to a watch body;
a second end for connecting to the watch body,
repetitive compliant mechanisms along the watch band between the first end and the second end, each of the repetitive compliant mechanisms being movable between a non-extended position and an extended position, each of the repetitive compliant mechanisms comprising two opposing spring segments connected at a pivot point, wherein the opposing spring segments form an angle less than 180 degrees in the non-extended position, wherein the opposing spring segments form an angle greater than 180 degrees in the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,455,905

INTERCHANGEABLE ACCESSORY ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE

1. An interchangeable accessory assembly that is operably configured to be selectively removably coupled to a fashionable item, the fashionable item having an exterior side and an interior side opposite the exterior side, the interchangeable accessory assembly comprising:an anchor shell, the anchor shell having:
a first tapered portion; and
a second tapered portion opposite the first tapered portion, the first tapered portion and the second tapered portion defining a smooth outer surface having a length;
a first magnetic member disposed at least partially within the anchor shell; and
an accessory selectively removably mechanically couplable to the anchor shell, the accessory:
having a coupling side including a second magnetic member;
having a decorative side opposite the coupling side; and
being an item of jewelry;
wherein the first magnetic member mechanically couples to the second magnetic member, the first magnetic member and the second magnetic member together having a magnetic strength sufficient to couple each of the anchor shell and the accessory to the fashionable item.

US Pat. No. 10,455,904

SAFETY BUCKLE FOR A CHILD SEAT

1. A safety buckle for a child seat comprising:a housing;
said housing having a fixedly secured first belt;
said housing having a latch mechanism having a securing mechanism for at least a second belt that releasably interlocks with a seat belt tongue;
said latch mechanism including a pushbutton located on a front of said housing, said pushbutton being manually movable from a rest position to a release position to cause said latch mechanism to release said seat belt tongue from an interlocked engagement with said latch mechanism;
a safety apparatus comprising a wedge release lock located on a back of said housing such that said wedge release lock is not visible when said button is viewed;
said wedge release lock has a normal position that is retained by a spring whereby in said normal position said pushbutton is prevented from releasing said latch mechanism;
said retaining forces from said spring must be overcome to displace said wedge release lock from said normal position to allow release of said seat belt tongue;
said displacement is with linear movement of said wedge release lock, and
said linear movement is perpendicular with movement of said pushbutton.

US Pat. No. 10,455,903

BUCKLE DEVICE

ASHIMORI INDUSTRY CO., LT...

1. A buckle device comprising:a tongue plate slidably provided along a longitudinal direction of a webbing; and
a buckle main body configured to be engaged with the tongue plate, the buckle main body including:
a cover having a tongue plate guide portion;
a resin release button forming a tongue plate insertion port with the tongue plate guide portion; and
a frame configured to slidably support the release button and having a bottom wall and a pair of side walls,
wherein protruding portions protruding inward so as to overlap with the tongue plate inserted from the tongue plate insertion port are provided on front faces ofend portions of the pair of side walls of the frame on the side of the tongue plate insertion port, respectively, and
wherein the release button has a front wall and at least one extending portion extending from the front wall through a space between the protruding portions and the bottom wall, the at least one extending portion contacting the protruding portions.

US Pat. No. 10,455,902

CHILD'S SAFETY BELT CONNECTION BUCKLE

GOODBABY CHILD PRODUCTS C...

1. A child's safety belt connection buckle, comprising:an inserting base with an inserting space; and
a belt buckle, wherein the belt buckle is adapted to be inserted into the inserting space along a horizontal direction and locked by means of a locking mechanism, wherein the locking mechanism comprises
a sliding member arranged on the inserting base, said sliding member adapted to move reciprocally along the horizontal direction, and
a locking member arranged on the inserting base, said locking member adapted to move reciprocally in a direction perpendicular to the horizontal direction;
further wherein the locking mechanism has a locking position and an unlocking position;
further wherein when the locking mechanism is at the locking position, the belt buckle is pressed against the sliding member, and the locking member is buckled with the belt buckle, and when the locking mechanism is at the unlocking position, the locking member is separated from the belt buckle and pressed against the sliding member;
further wherein the child's safety belt connection buckle comprises two belt buckles, a locking portion is provided on the locking member, and a locking slot matching with the locking portion is provided on each belt buckle, when the locking mechanism is at the locking position, the locking portion of the locking member is inserted into the locking slot of the belt buckle, the locking member is buckled with the two belt buckles;
further wherein an unlocking control mechanism is provided on the inserting base to control unlocking of the locking mechanism, the unlocking control mechanism comprising
an unlocking button slidably provided on the inserting base along the horizontal direction,
a button elastic element provided between the unlocking button and the inserting base configured to make the unlocking button move outwards to reset,
an inclined guide slope on the unlocking button, and
a guide column on the locking member, wherein the guide column is pressed on the guide slope.

US Pat. No. 10,455,901

INTERCHANGEABLE BUTTON SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY

1. An interchangeable button system for use with fabric, comprising:a fastener comprising a base having a first side comprising a plurality of prongs for extending through fabric and attaching the fastener to the fabric, and a second side;
a base button comprising a mating element on an outer circumference and a plurality of holes for receiving the plurality of prongs of the fastener, such that when the plurality of prongs is received by the plurality of holes, the base button is fastened to the fastener by the prongs; and
an interchangeable cap having a first side comprising a cap face and a second side comprising a recessed inner cap having a matching mating element for engaging the mating element of the base button and prong tracks for receiving ends of the plurality of prongs extending from the fastener;
wherein the interchangeable cap is removable from the base button by uncoupling the mating element of the base button from the mating element of the interchangeable cap, allowing the fastener and the base button to remain fixed to the fabric.

US Pat. No. 10,455,900

BI-STABLE STRAP WITH A SNAP SPRING HINGE

Feinstein Patents, LLC, ...

1. A closure device, comprising:a beam;
a catch at a distal end of said beam;
a hinge connected to said beam, said hinge including
a bi-stable snap spring having a first state, in which the snap spring has a straight length with an arced width and a curved cross-section, and a second state, in which the snap spring has a bent length with a flat width and a flat cross-section;
a shape memory element that changes the state of the bi-stable snap spring from the first state to the second state, the shape memory element having an original shape and a deformed shape; and
a microcontroller connected to the shape memory element, wherein the shape memory element changes from the original shape to the deformed shape upon receiving power from the microcontroller such that the shape memory element snaps the bi-stable snap spring from the first state to the second state upon receiving the power.

US Pat. No. 10,455,899

LACE GUIDE FOR AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A lace guide for an article of footwear comprising:a base;
a body protruding from the base; and
an enlarged head at a distal end of the body;
wherein the body, the base, and the enlarged head define an external channel that extends at least partially around the body to receive and retain a lace;
wherein the enlarged head has a lip extending from a periphery of the enlarged head toward the base, narrowing a width of the external channel at the lip;
the lip is asymmetrical;
the lip has a curved edge extending at an acute angle from the periphery of the enlarged head in a direction around the body and along the external channel.

US Pat. No. 10,455,898

FOOTWEAR ARTICLE WITH TONGUE REINFORCER

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

1. A footwear article comprising:an upper coupled to a sole, the upper comprising a medial quarter, a lateral quarter, a heel region, and an ankle collar movable between a lowered state positioned closer to the sole and a raised state positioned farther from the sole;
a collar elevator positioned in at least the heel region and operable to move the ankle collar from the lowered state to the raised state;
a tongue having an outward-facing surface;
a medial-side connector attaching the outward-facing surface to the medial quarter, wherein the medial-side connector includes a medial-connector midpoint;
a lateral-side connector attaching the outward-facing surface to the lateral quarter, wherein the lateral-side connector includes lateral-connector midpoint spaced apart from the medial-connector midpoint by a first length; and
a tongue reinforcer coupled to the tongue and having a tongue-reinforcer medial edge and a tongue-reinforcer lateral edge that are spaced apart from one another by a second length, wherein the second length is equal to or greater than the first length.

US Pat. No. 10,455,897

METHOD OF DECORATING SHOES AND DECORATED SHOES

1. A method of decorating a shoe element, the method comprising:applying decorative elements to a substrate using heat transfer process;
applying glitter ink to areas of the substrate adjacent to the decorative elements;
cutting the substrate to correspond to the shoe element using die cutting;
cutting openings in a coated aluminum sheet using laser cutting;
coupling the die cut substrate to the laser cut coated aluminum sheet via an adhesive to obtain a one piece, such that the openings in the coated aluminum sheet are aligned with the areas of the substrate comprising the decorative elements and the glitter ink;
applying the one piece to the shoe element via an adhesive;
wherein the decorative elements comprise at least one selected from the group consisting of crystals, rhinestones, gems, nail heads, grommets; metal findings, metal eyelets and plastic findings; and
wherein the substrate comprises at least one selected from the group consisting of fabric, leather, plastic, wood and metal.

US Pat. No. 10,455,896

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING OF A TRACED ELEMENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An upper for an article of footwear comprising a traced element, the traced element including:a first polymer layer;
a second polymer layer; and
a strand layer,
wherein the first polymer layer defines a polymer-trace path;
wherein the strand layer comprises a material strand disposed along a strand-trace path and over the first polymer layer, the strand-trace path extends at least partially along the polymer-trace path;
wherein the second polymer layer is disposed along at least a portion of the polymer-trace path and overlaps both the first polymer layer and the strand layer for at least the portion of the polymer-trace path; and
wherein the upper includes a plurality of openings surrounded by a portion of the traced element that includes the first polymer layer, the second polymer layer, and the strand layer.

US Pat. No. 10,455,895

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCORPORATING A SOLE STRUCTURE WITH ELEMENTS HAVING DIFFERENT COMPRESSIBILITIES

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole structure for an article of footwear comprising:a first midsole element formed from a first material having a first degree of compressibility; wherein the first midsole element has an upper area with a depression;
a second midsole element formed from a second material having a second degree of compressibility less than the first degree of compressibility, the second midsole element having an upper surface and an opposite lower surface, the lower surface being positioned adjacent to the upper area of the first midsole element, the second material contacting the upper area of the first midsole element, the second midsole element defining a plurality of apertures that extend from the upper surface to the lower surface and completely through the second midsole element, a lower portion of each of the apertures being located adjacent to the upper area of the first midsole element; and
wherein the sole structure has a heel region; wherein the second midsole element includes a protrusion that extends downward from the lower surface of the second midsole element and into the depression in the upper area of the first midsole element, the protrusion being located at a central portion of the heel region of the sole structure, and wherein at least one of the apertures extends through the protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,894

AUXETIC STRUCTURES AND FOOTWEAR WITH SOLES HAVING AUXETIC STRUCTURES

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of customizing a sole structure of an article of footwear, the method comprising:adjusting the flexibility of a sole component of the sole structure, the sole component having an inner surface and an opposite-facing outer surface;
wherein the sole component includes a plurality of inner recesses extending from the inner surface and a plurality of outer recesses extending from the outer surface, the plurality of inner recesses including a blind-hole inner recess, the plurality of outer recesses including a blind-hole outer recess, and wherein the blind-hole inner recess is generally aligned with the blind hole outer recess along a vertical direction;
wherein the plurality of inner recesses and the plurality of outer recesses are arranged to provide the sole component with an auxetic property; and
wherein adjusting the flexibility of the sole component includes selectively cutting or removing material from one or both of the blind-hole inner recess and the blind-hole outer recess.

US Pat. No. 10,455,893

HYDROGEL WITH MESH FOR SOIL DEFLECTION

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of manufacture comprising:a substrate body;
a hydrogel-containing material having a first side secured to the substrate body and an opposing second side; and
a mesh component present on the second side;
wherein the mesh component covers a first surface portion of the hydrogel-containing material and leaves uncovered a second surface portion of the hydrogel-containing material, the mesh component covering the first surface portion has a first side defining a part of an external surface of the article and the uncovered second surface portion of the hydrogel-containing material defines another part of the external surface, and wherein the substrate body, the hydrogel-containing material, and the mesh component define a layered structure, wherein at least a portion of the mesh component is embedded into the substrate body, defining a first embedded portion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,892

SOLE STRUCTURE FOR SHOES AND SHOE WITH THE SOLE STRUCTURE

MIZUNO CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A sole structure for shoes, the sole structure comprising:an outsole having a ground surface on a lower surface of the outsole; and
a midsole made from an elastic material and overlaid above the outsole, wherein the midsole includes:
a medial-side midsole portion which extends in a longitudinal direction in a medial side portion of a heel region supporting a heel of a wearer's foot, and
a lateral-side midsole portion which extends in the longitudinal direction in a lateral side portion of the heel region, and which faces, and is spaced apart from, the medial-side midsole portion in a foot width direction,
at least one of the medial-side midsole portion or the lateral-side midsole portion includes:
a plurality of supports which are arranged adjacent to each other in the longitudinal direction with a gap interposed between adjacent ones of the plurality of supports, and which support the heel of the wearer's foot, and
a coupling portion which is provided in the gap, and couples the adjacent ones of the plurality of supports to each other to reduce displacement or twist in the foot width direction occurring between the adjacent ones of the plurality of supports,
the plurality of supports and the coupling portion are made of the elastic material that is solid, and
the coupling portion has a flat plate shape of which a length in the foot width direction is greater than a thickness in a vertical direction, and is integral with the supports.

US Pat. No. 10,455,891

TRAINING SHOE

1. A shoe, comprising:an upper shoe body having an opening, a tongue, a bottom, and a fastener;
an ankle stabilizer inserted into an upper perimeter of said opening, abutting an inner circumferential surface of said shoe upper and said tongue;
a cleat platform coextensive with a forward portion of said upper shoe body bottom and affixed to a bottom perimeter edge thereof; and
a plurality of cleats each coupled to said cleat platform, said each cleat is coupled to a selective location on said cleat platform;
wherein a heel portion of said upper shoe body bottom is exposed, without said cleats being coupled to said heel portion; and
wherein said fastener is securing said shoe to a foot of a user;
wherein said fastener is at least one hook-and-loop fastener material extending across said tongue of said upper shoe body;
wherein said at least one hook-and-loop fastener material;
wherein said ankle stabilizer comprises four protuberances defining an interior;
wherein said interior permits passage of a foot of said user therethrough when donning said shoe;
wherein said four protuberances are providing a cushioning effect and a stabilizing effect to an ankle of said user; and
wherein said ankle stabilizer is foam cushion material.

US Pat. No. 10,455,890

INTELLIGENT MASSAGE SHOES

SHENZHEN FITTOP HEALTH TE...

1. A pair of intelligent massage shoes, each of the intelligent massage shoes comprising a vamp, a sole composed of a sole plate and a cushion plate, and massage columns arranged in the sole plate, stretching out of the cushion plate and matched with the positions of the acupuncture points of a sole, wherein a lifting power device for pushing the massage columns to move up and down is arranged in the sole,the lifting power device comprises: at least one guide pillar longitudinally arranged in the sole plate, a lifting motor arranged at one end of the guide pillar to drive the guide pillar to rotate, cams fixed on the guide pillars respectively and matched with the massage columns in positions, and circular rings rotatably sleeved over the outer circles of the cams, wherein the top of each circular ring is fixedly connected with the corresponding massage column, and the cams on the guide pillars, that are adjacent front and back, are fixed at an inclination angle of 90°;
the lifting motor drives the guide pillar to rotate, and the cams push the massage columns to sequentially move up and down through the circular rings;
wherein an adjusting power device for adjusting the front and back positions of the massage columns is also arranged in the sole, the adjusting power device comprising: a pushing and pulling motor arranged in the sole plate, a bottom plate fixedly connected with the lifting power device, a sliding rail assembly arranged between the bottom surface of the bottom plate and the internal bottom surface of the sole, and a connecting rod member arranged between an output shaft of the pushing and pulling motor and the bottom plate;
the cushion plate is provided with strip openings allowing front and back movements of the massage columns;
the pushing and pulling motor drives the connecting rod member to pull the bottom plate, and the bottom plate drives the whole lifting power device to move back and forth along the sliding rail assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,455,888

ATHLETIC SHOE HAVING A CROSS-TRAINING CONFIGURATION AND A WEIGHT-TRAINING CONFIGURATION

1. An athletic shoe selectively configurable between a weight-training configuration and a cross-training configuration, said athletic shoe comprising:an upper portion configured to receive a foot;
a first sole portion connected to the upper portion, the first sole portion having an inner surface and an outer surface opposite the inner surface, wherein the outer surface is configured to contact a training surface when the athletic shoe is in the cross-training configuration;
a second sole portion removably connected to the first sole portion when the athletic shoe is in the weight-training configuration, the second sole portion including a first surface, a second surface, and sides extending between the first surface and the second surface, wherein the first surface is configured to contact the training surface and the second surface is configured to contact the outer surface when the athletic shoe is in the weight-training configuration, wherein the first sole portion is configured to extend along the entire foot, and wherein the second surface is configured to contact the outer surface throughout the first sole portion such that the second sole portion is configured to extend along the entire foot and the entire second sole portion is positioned beneath the first sole portion when the second sole portion is connected to the first sole portion, wherein the second sole portion includes a toe portion and an open heel portion, the second sole portion having a minimum thickness at the toe portion and a maximum thickness at the open heel portion such that the second sole portion has a wedge shape, wherein the second sole portion does not include a side extending above the second surface in the open heel portion;
engagement members located in the open heel portion and configured to removably connect the second sole portion and the first sole portion, wherein the engagement members comprise a projection and an opening configured to receive the projection, wherein the projection extends from the second surface, and wherein the opening is defined by the outer surface; and
a strap connected to the second sole portion to secure the second sole portion in position when the athletic shoe is in the weight-training configuration, wherein the strap is configured to extend over a portion of the upper portion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,887

FITNESS APPARATUS

1. A shoe comprising:a top portion;
a sole portion attached to the top portion;
a lining located in an interior portion;
one or more processors;
one or more memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors;
a plurality of lighting elements coupled to the one or more processors, wherein two or more of the plurality of lighting elements are attached to the sole portion;
a logo portion, detachably located on an exterior portion of the shoe, wherein the logo portion comprises one or more of the plurality of lighting elements;
a power supply providing power to the plurality of lighting elements;
a lighting power switch configured to control the plurality of lighting elements disposed on the shoe;
a network interface hardware for sending and receiving fitness data; and
machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules that cause the shoe to perform at least one of the following when executed by the one or more processors:
determine a distance travelled between a start position and an end position;
determine calories burned during the distance travelled;
activate the plurality of lighting elements in a lighting mode with a signal from the lighting power switch in response to determining the distance travelled or determining the calories burned; and
send fitness data indicative of the distance travelled, the calories burned, or the lighting mode.

US Pat. No. 10,455,885

FLAT WEFT-KNITTED UPPER FOR SPORTS SHOES

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An upper for a sports shoe comprising:a weft-knitted element formed from at least one yarn mechanically manipulated in a weft-knitting process, the weft-knitted element comprising: a top portion comprising two-ply knitwear, wherein the two plies of the top portion are solely connected along edges to form a tube that surrounds a part of a shank of a wearer of the sports shoe when the sports shoe is worn; and
a bottom portion comprising two-ply knitwear, wherein the bottom portion and the top portion are unitarily knitted together in a single knitting process; and
wherein the two plies of the bottom portion are consistently connected to one another and substantially cover a top and sides of a foot of the wearer of the sports shoe when the sports shoe is worn.

US Pat. No. 10,455,884

PROTECTIVE HELMET WITH LINER ASSEMBLY

SPORT MASKA INC., Montre...

1. A protective helmet comprising:an outer shell;
a liner assembly received in the outer shell and connected to the outer shell, the liner assembly defining a front portion configured to overlay a front of a head of a wearer, a rear portion configured to overlay a rear of the head of the wearer, a top portion configured to overlay a top of the head of the wearer, and two opposed side portions each configured to overlay a respective side of the head of the wearer;
wherein each of the front, rear, side and top portions includes one or more zones where the liner assembly includes a plurality of overlapping layers, each of the layers being made from one of first, second, third and fourth materials, where the first material has a greater density than that of the second, the third and the fourth materials, the second material has a greater density than that of the third and the fourth materials, and the third material has a greater density than that of the fourth material, and:
the one or more zones of the front portion includes one or more of zones F1, F2 and F3, wherein
the zone F1 includes a layer of the second material of at least 3.2 millimeters (mm) thickness, a layer of the third material of at least 4.8 mm thickness, a layer of the second material of at least 8 mm thickness, and a layer of the third material of at least 6.4 mm thickness,
the zone F2 includes a layer of the second material of at least 8 millimeters (mm) thickness, a layer of the third material of at least 16 mm thickness, and a layer of the fourth material of at least 6.4 mm thickness, and
the zone F3 includes a layer of the second material of at least 11.2 millimeters (mm) thickness, and a layer of the third material of at least 6.4 mm thickness;
the one or more zones of the rear portion includes one or more of zones R1 and R2, wherein
the zone R1 includes a layer of the second material of at least 6.4 millimeters (mm) thickness, a layer of the first material of at least 1.6 mm thickness, a layer of the second material of at least 12.8 mm thickness, and a layer of the fourth material of at least 3.2 mm thickness, and
the zone R2 includes a layer of the second material of at least 6.4 millimeters (mm) thickness, a layer of the first material of at least 1.6 mm thickness, a layer of the third material of at least 9.6 mm thickness, and a layer of the fourth material of at least 6.4 mm thickness;
the one or more zones of the side portions includes at one or more of zones S1 and S2, wherein
the zone S1 includes a layer of the second material of at least 4.8 millimeters (mm) thickness, a layer of the first material of at least 3.2 mm thickness, a layer of the third material of at least 8 mm thickness, and a layer of the fourth material of at least 6.4 mm thickness, and
the zone S2 includes a layer of the second material of at least 3.2 millimeters (mm) thickness, and a layer of the third material of at least 18.4 mm thickness; and
the one or more zones of the top portion includes one or more of zones T1 and T2, wherein
the zone T1 includes a layer of the second material of at least 3.2 millimeters (mm) thickness, and a layer of the third material of at least 18.4 mm thickness, and
the zone T2 includes a layer of the second material of at least 11.2 millimeters (mm) thickness, and a layer of the third material of at least 6.4 mm thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,455,883

SHOCK ABSORBING HELMET LINER

1. A helmet liner comprising:an inner shell having a smooth curved exterior surface,
an outer shell surrounding the inner shell, the outer shell having a smooth curved interior surface with a space being defined between the inner and the outer shells, and
an array of springs arranged in the space between the inner and the outer shells to absorb impact to the outer shell and thus provide head protection for a person wearing the helmet liner;
wherein each spring, of the array of springs, is manufactured from a polymeric material and comprises:
a first spring half and a second spring half;
the first spring half has a first annular base located in a first plane and secured to the smooth curved exterior surface of the inner shell;
the second spring half has a second annular base located in a second plane spaced from the first plane. and the second annular base is secured to the smooth curved interior surface of the outer shell;
at least three arms interconnecting the first annular base with a waist portion, the at least three arms interconnecting the second annular base with the waist portion
each of the at least three arms having a serpentine configuration defined by sections having alternating curvature with plural reversals of curvature over a length of each of the at least three arms; and
a diameter of each of said first and second annular bases being at least twice as large as a diameter of the waist portion.