US Pat. No. 10,335,075

ADVANCED CALIBRATION FOR ANALYTE SENSORS

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A method for improving blood glucose sensing using a glucose sensor, the method comprising:receiving a priori calibration distribution information obtained prior to a sensor session, the a priori calibration distribution information including probability information about combinations of sensitivity and baseline;
receiving blood glucose sensor data from the glucose sensor during a sensing session for the glucose sensor, the blood glucose sensor data including at least one sensor data point; and
calibrating, during the sensor session, the at least one sensor data point without relying exclusively on factory calibration, assumptions of blood glucose accuracy, or reference data, wherein calibrating includes:
receiving one or more real-time inputs during the sensor session, each of the one or more real-time inputs being capable of influencing calibration of the glucose sensor;
forming a posteriori calibration distribution information using a Bayesian approach and based on the one or more real-time inputs;
converting, in real-time during the sensor session, the at least one sensor data point from the glucose sensor to calibrated sensor data based on the a posteriori calibration distribution information; and
displaying an indication of the calibrated sensor data for the glucose sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,335,074

NONINVASIVE SENSOR HOUSING

ViOptix, Inc., Newark, C...

1. A device comprising:a pad region having a cavity;
a first light-shielding layer, coupled to the pad region, wherein the first light-shielding layer has an opening that overlaps with at least a portion of the cavity and comprises a metallized film forming a light-reflective bottom side of the first light-shielding layer; and
an adhesive layer, coupled to the first light-shielding layer, wherein the adhesive layer extends past at least one edge of the first light-shielding layer and is transparent, so that light can pass through the transparent adhesive layer to strike the light-reflective bottom side of the first light-shielding layer.

US Pat. No. 10,335,073

ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, PROCESSOR DEVICE THEREOF, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscope system comprising:a light source for applying special illumination light to a body portion, said special illumination light having a wavelength at which oxyhemoglobin and deoxyhemoglobin have different absorption coefficients;
an imaging device having a normal image sensor and a high-sensitivity image sensor whose sensitivity is higher than that of said normal image sensor, for imaging reflected light of said special illumination light from said body portion;
a processor configured for:
measuring a reflected light amount of said special illumination light from said body portion;
choosing which one of said normal and high-sensitivity image sensors to use for imaging said reflected light of said special illumination light from said body portion in accordance with said measured reflected light amount of said special illumination light; and
producing a special image depicting an oxygen saturation level of blood based on said signal obtained by imaging said reflected light of said special illumination light from said body portion with use of selected one of said normal and high-sensitivity image sensors
wherein
said processor measures said reflected light amount of said special illumination light by using a pixel value outputted from one of said normal and high-sensitivity image sensors, and said processor chooses which one of said normal and high-sensitivity image sensors to use for imaging said reflected light of said special illumination light from said body portion based on said reflected light amount;
when said normal image sensor is used, said processor stops using said normal image sensor and starts using said high-sensitivity image sensor for imaging said reflected light of said special illumination light from said body portion, if said pixel value corresponding to said reflected light amount is less than a first sensor selection threshold value; and
when said high-sensitivity image sensor is used, said processor stops using said high-sensitivity image sensor and starts using said normal image sensor for imaging said reflected light of said special illumination light from said body portion, if said pixel value corresponding to said reflected light amount is more than a second sensor selection threshold value, wherein
said second sensor selection threshold value is larger than said first sensor selection threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,335,072

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITOR

MASIMO CORPORATION, Irvi...

9. A method for determining a heart abnormality in an infant, the method comprising:using a pulse oximeter to determine a first oxygen saturation measurement from a first tissue site on a first limb of a patient;
using the pulse oximeter to determine a second oxygen saturation measurement from at least one additional tissue site on a second limb of the patient;
determining the presence of a heart abnormality of an infant based at least in part on a comparison of the first oxygen saturation measurement with the second oxygen saturation measurement; and
determining and displaying an indication of the heart abnormality on a display device of the pulse oximeter.

US Pat. No. 10,335,071

PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETER MEASURING APPARATUS AND PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETER MEASURING SYSTEM

NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION,...

1. A physiological parameter measuring apparatus for performing a screening for critical congenital heart disease, the apparatus comprising:a first sensor configured to be attached to a first portion of a body of a patient;
a second sensor configured to be attached to a second portion of the body, the second portion being different from the first portion;
a memory storing computer-readable instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the computer-readable instructions, which when executed cause the processor to control the physiological parameter measuring apparatus to:
control acquisition of a first oxygen saturation at the first portion and a second oxygen saturation at the second portion of the body, based on measurement signals from the first sensor and the second sensor;
control calculation of a difference between the first oxygen saturation and the second oxygen saturation;
upon receipt of an instruction to perform the screening, and based on the first and second oxygen saturations and the difference, control performance of the screening for a likelihood of the critical congenital heart disease with respect to the patient, and to output the likelihood as a result of the screening;
control management of, with respect to each patient, a scheduled time for starting the screening, the result of the screening, and information relating to the patient; and
control a display configured to receive an input by an operator, to display, in a switchable manner, a first screen including a list of patients and containing information relating to the scheduled time for starting the screening for each patient, a second screen for receiving the instruction to perform the screening, and a third screen containing the result of the screening,
wherein the first sensor has an indication of a hand or a foot,
wherein the second sensor has an indication of the hand or the foot that is not indicated on the first sensor, and
wherein the physiological parameter measuring apparatus has indications corresponding to the indications of the hand and the foot on the first and second sensors, at portions where the first and second sensors are connected respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,335,070

USING AN OXIMETER PROBE TO DETECT INTESTINAL ISCHEMIA

ViOptix, Inc., Newark, C...

1. A method comprising:providing a sensor probe comprising a first optical fiber, wherein the sensor probe is adapted to contact a serosal surface of a serosal tissue of an intestinal or mesentery tissue of a patient during a recovery from a temporary ischemic period, wherein the sensor probe is part of a needle sensor device comprising:
a hollow needle; and
the sensor probe, wherein distal ends of optical fibers are located at a tip of the sensor probe forming an oximeter sensor, and the sensor probe in a first mode, is disposed inside the hollow needle and, in a second mode, the sensor probe is extended past a distal end of the hollow needle to contact the serosal surface of the serosal tissue;
transmitting radiation into the first optical fiber;
emitting the radiation inside a body of the patient from the first optical fiber into the contacted serosal surface of the serosal tissue;
collecting reflected radiation from the contacted serosal surface of the serosal tissue by using a second optical fiber of the sensor probe;
by an electronic processor, using the collected reflected radiation from the second optical fiber to determine a rate of change of oxygen saturation of the serosal tissue of the intestinal or mesentery tissue during the recovery from the temporary ischemic period, after removing a constriction to a mesenteric artery; and
using the electronic processor, diagnosing the patient as having intestinal ischemia according to the rate of change of oxygen saturation of the serosal tissue of the intestinal or mesentery tissue during the recovery from the temporary ischemic period.

US Pat. No. 10,335,069

OXIMETER PROBE WITH LIGHT WAVELENGTHS TO AVOID SURGICAL DYES

ViOptix, Inc., Newark, C...

1. A method comprising:providing a sensor head for a tissue oximetry device comprising:
detectors arranged on the sensor head; and
first and second light source structures positioned in a line on the sensor head, wherein
the first source structure is configured to emit at least a first wavelength of light longer than about 730 nanometers,
the second source structure is configured to emit at least a second wavelength of light longer than about 730 nanometers,
a first detector of the detectors is a first distance from the first light source,
a second detector of the detectors is a second distance from the second light source,
a third detector of the detectors is a third distance from the first light source,
no detector is positioned between the first detector and the third detector, the line passes between the first detector and the third detector, the line is closer to the first detector than the third detector, and the first, second, and third detectors are not on the line,
the first distance and the second distance are equal, and
the first distance and the third distance are not equal; and
enclosing a processing module in a housing coupled to the sensor head, wherein the processing module is adapted for determining an oxygen saturation value for a tissue to be measured using the first wavelength of light from the first source structure and the second wavelength of light from the second source structure emitted into the tissue and corresponding reflected light received by at least two of the detectors.

US Pat. No. 10,335,068

MULTI-STREAM DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR NONINVASIVE MEASUREMENT OF BLOOD CONSTITUENTS

MASIMO CORPORATION, Irvi...

1. A noninvasive physiological sensor comprising:a front-end interface comprising:
one or more detectors, each detector including a respective set of photodiodes;
one or more inputs configured to receive signals from respective one or more detectors in the sensor;
a respective two or more transimpedance amplifiers for each respective detector and configured to convert the signals from the respective sets of photodiodes into output signals for each of the respective sets of photodiodes; and
a respective averager, coupled to the respective two or more transimpedance amplifiers for each respective detector, and configured to average the output signals from the respective two or more transimpedance amplifiers into a respective output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,335,067

OPTICAL UNIT AND OPTICAL ANALYSIS DEVICE

NEC SOLUTION INNOVATORS, ...

1. An optical unit comprising:a light emitter that irradiates an analysis target with light;
a plurality of light receivers that receive light that has been reflected or diffused by the analysis target;
a mounting substrate on which the light emitter and the plurality of light receivers are mounted; and
a plate-shaped member having optical transparency,
wherein the plate-shaped member is arranged so as to cover the light emitter and the plurality of light receivers that are mounted on the mounting substrate, and
positions of the light emitter, the light receivers, and the plate-shaped member are respectively set such that, in a case where the analysis target is in contact with the plate-shaped member, light emitted from the light emitter is incident on two or more of the light receivers after being reflected or diffused by the analysis target,
wherein the optical unit further comprises a cooler,
the light emitter comprises, between a light-emitting diode and the mounting substrate, a heat transmitter for transmitting heat generated in the light-emitting diode to the mounting substrate,
the cooler is arranged in contact with a surface of the mounting substrate on which the light emitter and each light receiver are not mounted, and
the mounting substrate comprises:
a conduction channel that is connected to the light-emitting diode and a light receiving photodiode of each light receiver;
a wiring that is formed inside the mounting substrate and is connected to the conduction channel; and
a heat channel that connects the wiring and the cooler.

US Pat. No. 10,335,066

SUBCUTANEOUS SENSOR INSERTER AND METHOD

1. A continuous analyte monitoring inserter apparatus for subcutaneous placement of a sensor into a patient, the apparatus comprising:an inserter assembly comprising:
a housing body having a first body end and a second body end;
a deployment button partially disposed and slidable within the housing body through the first body end, the deployment button being movable into the housing body from a first position to a second locked position;
a deployment mechanism slidably disposed within the deployment button and movable between a ready position, an insertion position and a retracted position, the deployment mechanism having a needle; and
a sensor deployment assembly having a sensor deployment body with a resilient deployment body catch thereon, the sensor deployment assembly disposed within the housing body and removably mated with the deployment mechanism, the sensor deployment assembly having a sensor partially disposed within the needle of the deployment mechanism wherein the deployment button, the deployment mechanism and the sensor deployment assembly are adapted to all move linearly together; and
a sensor housing having a base catch surface for receiving and retaining the resilient deployment body catch of the sensor deployment body when the deployment button is moved from the first position to the second locked position, the sensor housing being partially disposed within and removably retained in the second body end of the housing body;
wherein the inserter assembly is adapted to substantially simultaneously: implant the sensor subcutaneously into the patient, retract the needle, fix the sensor deployment assembly within the sensor housing, engage a release surface of the deployment button with a locking mechanism on the housing body of the inserter assembly, and thereby release the inserter assembly from the sensor housing with a single activation of the deployment button caused by moving the deployment button from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,335,065

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A CONTINUOUS MONITORING OF ANALYTE VALUES

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A method for a wireless data communication between an analyte sensor system and a mobile device capable of wirelessly receiving analyte values from the analyte sensor system, the method comprising:transmitting, by a transceiver of the analyte sensor system, a first series of advertisement signals generated by the analyte sensor system beginning at a first time;
receiving, by a processor of the analyte sensor system via the transceiver, a data connection request from a mobile device at a second time;
establishing, utilizing the transceiver under control of the processor, a data connection with the mobile device;
transmitting, by the transceiver, a connection interval indicative of a difference between the second time and the first time to the mobile device;
transmitting, by the transceiver, an analyte value to the mobile device;
terminating, by the transceiver under control of the processor, the data connection with the mobile device; and
causing, utilizing the processor, the transceiver to enter a sleep state.

US Pat. No. 10,335,064

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR APPLYING OR RECEIVING SIGNALS TO OR FROM BIOLOGICAL TISSUES

COMBOBUTRONICS LLC, Glen...

1. A method of applying and/or receiving an electrical signal via a biological tissue portion, the method comprising:positioning a first system against a first skin portion on a user's head, wherein the first system comprises:
a first body;
a first conductor configured to be electrically coupled to at least one of a power source and a detector;
a first electrode, the first electrode comprising a surface configured to contact the first skin portion and apply and/or receive an electrical signal to and/or from the first skin portion; and
a first magnetic element, the first magnetic element being selected from the group consisting of: a magnet, a toroid, a conductive coil, a magnetic powder, and a magnetic fluid;
positioning a second system against a second skin portion on the user's head, wherein the second system comprises:
a second body;
a second electrode, the second electrode comprising a surface configured to contact the second skin portion and apply and/or receive an electrical signal to and/or from the second skin portion; and
a second magnetic element, the first magnetic element being selected from the group consisting of: a magnet, a toroid, a conductive coil, a magnetic powder, and a magnetic fluid;
applying or receiving, using the first electrode, a first electrical signal via the first skin portion, wherein a first energy field applied or received by the first electrode is distributed in a different pattern than said first energy field would have been distributed if the first magnetic element were not present; and
applying or receiving, using the second electrode, a second electrical signal via the second skin portion, wherein the second energy field applied or received by the second electrode is distributed in a different pattern than said second energy field would have been distributed if the second magnetic element were not present
wherein the first signal is applied by the first electrode and the second signal is received by the second electrode, the method further comprising: generating data based on the second signal, wherein the second signal is related to the first signal such that the data generated based on the second signal is configured to be analyzed to assess whether the second signal was received after the first signal was applied.

US Pat. No. 10,335,063

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR APPLYING OR RECEIVING SIGNALS TO OR FROM BIOLOGICAL TISSUES

COMBOBUTRONICS LLC, Glen...

1. A system for applying and/or receiving an electrical signal, the system comprising:a first earpiece comprising:
a first conductive tip, the first tip comprising a first channel and a first outer surface having a shape that approximates a portion of a sphere or cone, the first tip being sized to fit within a user's first ear;
a first base configured to be coupled to the first tip, the first base comprising a first conductor in electrical contact with the first tip such that an electrical signal may pass between the first base and the first tip;
a second earpiece comprising:
a second conductive tip, the second tip comprising a second channel and a second outer surface, the second tip being sized to fit within a user's second ear;
a second base configured to be coupled to the second tip, the second base comprising a second conductor in electrical contact with the second tip such that an electrical signal may pass between the second base and the second tip;
a power source, the power source being connected to the first earpiece to apply a first electrical signal within the user's first ear via the first earpiece;
a detector, the detector being connected to the second earpiece to receive a second electrical signal from the user's second ear via the second earpiece;
wherein the system, using the power source and the detector, is configured to apply the first electrical signal to the first ear and receive the second signal from the user's second ear simultaneously; and
wherein the system, using a processor, is configured to generate data based on the second electrical signal, the second electrical signal being related to the first electrical signal such that the data generated based on the second electrical signal is configured to be analyzed to assess whether the second electrical signal was received after the first electrical signal was applied.

US Pat. No. 10,335,062

ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING FINGERPRINT SENSOR

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a housing including a first face that faces a first direction and a second face that faces a second direction, which is opposite to the first direction, the housing including a transparent cover that forms at least a portion of the first face;
a display disposed between the first face and the second face of the housing and exposed through the transparent cover;
a fingerprint sensor disposed between the transparent cover and the display;
a touch sensor disposed between the fingerprint sensor and the display; and
a pressure sensor disposed between the display and the second face of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,061

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING HAND-TO-MOUTH BEHAVIOR

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method comprising, in combination:(a) an electrical bio-impedance (EBI) spectrometer taking a first set of measurements, which EBI spectrometer includes four crossed electrodes that are electrically connected to skin of a forearm of a subject, which four crossed electrodes comprise a first IC electrode, a second IC electrode, a first PU electrode and a second PU electrode, the first set of measurements being taken by
(i) driving an alternating electrical current such that the alternating current
(A) undergoes frequency sweeps, and
(B) passes through an electrical circuit that includes the forearm and the first and second IC electrodes, and
(ii) measuring, during the frequency sweeps, voltage difference between the first and second PU electrodes;
(b) a magnetometer worn on the forearm taking a second set of measurements of orientation of the forearm;
(c) a gyroscope worn on the forearm taking a third set of measurements of orientation of the forearm;
(d) an accelerometer worn on the forearm taking a fourth set of measurements of acceleration of the forearm; and
(e) one or more computers detecting, based on the first, second, third and fourth sets of measurements, hand-to-mouth behavior of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,335,060

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO PROVIDE MONITORING

DP TECHNOLOGIES, INC., S...

1. A system comprising:an activity monitor configured to be worn by a user, the activity monitor configured to monitor a plurality of observed behaviors while the observed behaviors are occurring, in real time including: the user's sleep, the user's daily activity including steps taken, and the user's sport activity; and
a processor configured to correlate the user's sleep quality and daily activity based on the user's sleep and the user's daily activity and to correlate sport performance and sleep level, which includes sleep quality and sleep length, based on the user's sport activity and the user's sleep; wherein the user's sleep quality and daily activity are determined to be positively correlated based on a relationship between statistical levels of the user's sleep and the user's daily activity, and wherein sport performance and sleep level, which includes sleep quality and sleep length, are determined to be positively correlated based on a relationship based on a relationship between statistical levels of the user's sport activity and the user's sleep; and
a user interface configured to inform the user of a correlation between the user's sleep quality and the daily activity, a correlation between the sport performance and the sleep level, and a suggestion based on the correlations that would provide a better result with respect to at least one or more of the observed behaviors.

US Pat. No. 10,335,059

FALL DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A fall detection system for use in detecting falls by a user, the fall detection system comprising:a processing unit configured to determine context information about the user and/or an environment in which the user is located, and to increase a detection sensitivity of a fall detection algorithm used to detect falls by the user based on the determined context information indicating that the user is at an increased risk of falling, the increase in detection sensitivity occurring while the increased risk of falling is indicated by the determined context information.

US Pat. No. 10,335,058

APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING TIMED UP-AND-GO TEST

The Board of Regents of t...

1. A chair for administering a standardized performance test to a patient, comprising:a seat portion;
a base portion;
a support element extending between the base portion and the seat portion, the support element configured to support the seat portion, wherein a position of the seat portion relative to the base portion is selectively adjustable relative to a vertical axis;
a force sensor operatively coupled to one of the seat portion, the base portion, and the support element, wherein the force sensor is configured to produce an output signal indicative of the force applied to the force sensor;
a timer configured to provide an output indicative of a recorded time interval; and
a processor positioned in operative electrical communication with the force sensor and the timer, the processor being configured to receive the output signal from the force sensor,
wherein the processor is configured to initiate timing of the standardized performance test by the timer in response to receiving an output signal from the force sensor corresponding to a force value less than or equal to a minimum threshold force, wherein the minimum threshold force is indicative of a rising of the patient from the seat portion of the chair, wherein the processor is configured to cease timing of the standardized performance test by the timer in response to receiving an output signal from the force sensor corresponding to a force greater than or equal to a maximum threshold force, wherein the maximum threshold force is indicative of a reseating of the patient on the seat portion of the chair, and wherein the processor is configured to determine a time interval of the standardized performance test based upon the output of the timer.

US Pat. No. 10,335,057

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DEPTH MEASUREMENT

Exaxion Scientific, LLC, ...

1. An apparatus for performing a measurement of the depth of a drilled hole, comprising:a controller module having a first and second input, and also having a first and second output;
a switch module having an output coupled to the first input of said controller module, and which provides a command interface to a human operator through a tactile element;
a stepper/encoder unit having an input coupled to the first output of said controller module, and also having an output;
a linear actuator driven by said stepper/encoder unit, and also having a segment which can be inserted into said drilled hole;
a position sensor mechanically coupled to said linear actuator, and also having an output; and
a display unit which is coupled to the second output of said controller module, and which provides a readout to a human operator,
wherein said controller module controls said stepper/encoder unit and, based on input from said position sensor, executes an algorithm for (i) at least one of semi-autonomous or fully autonomous alignment of said distal end of said linear actuator with a distal end of said drilled hole and (ii) calculating linear displacement of said linear actuator,
wherein said stepper/encoder unit converts commands from said controller module into discrete amounts of at least one of angular or linear mechanical movement,
wherein said linear actuator slides back and forth in response to the angular or mechanical movements of said stepper/encoder unit,
wherein said position sensor produces an electronic signal having a magnitude transition indicating when the end of said drilled hole has been reached, and
wherein the display unit provides a readout indicating a measure of the linear displacement of said linear actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,335,056

SENSOR FOR ELECTRICALLY MEASURING A FORCE HAVING A SPRING UNIT ARRANGED IN-BETWEEN SURFACES

Novel GmbH, Munich (DE) ...

1. A sensor for electrically measuring a force acting on the sensor within a specified measuring range, which force is distributed unevenly over a measurement surface of the sensor, wherein an electrical force measurement signal is generated, comprising:a spring device which is arranged between the measurement surface and a counter-surface,
a first measuring element arranged in or on the measurement surface and a second measuring element is arranged in or on the counter-surface, the first and second measuring elements comprising capacitor plates covering these surfaces,
wherein the measurement surface and the counter-surface plus the measuring elements are elastically deformable,
wherein the measuring elements generate a measuring signal from a distance between the measuring elements,
wherein the spring device has a large number of incompressible but elastically designed spring members which are arranged spaced apart from each other by gaps, wherein each spring member upon loading by the force or a fraction of this force can deform, into the gaps and hence in a space-consuming manner,
wherein the height for each spring member between the measurement surface and the counter-surface upon loading of the sensor by the force within the specified measuring range is linearly proportional to a partial force acting thereon,
wherein the measurement surface and the counter-surface further include shielding elements for electrically shielding the first and second measuring elements, the shielding elements being separated from the capacitor plates of the first and second measuring elements by a dielectric, and
further including a capacitance measuring device connected to the shielding elements and to the capacitor plates of the first and second measuring elements to measure the capacitances between the shielding elements and the capacitor plates to obtain a temperature signal to be used to correct the measuring signal.

US Pat. No. 10,335,055

KINETIC ASSESSMENT AND ALIGNMENT OF THE MUSCULAR-SKELETAL SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR

Orthosensor Inc., Daina ...

1. An orthopedic measurement system for kinetic assessment comprising:a device having a surface configured to couple to a joint of a musculoskeletal system comprising at least one sensor configured to measure one or more parameters wherein the device includes a tracking system;
a computer configured to receive measurement data from the at least one sensor and the tracking system;
a display coupled to the computer, wherein the display includes a graphical user interface, wherein a memory and one or more processors are configured to execute one or more programs stored in the memory, wherein the computer is configured to receive measurement data from the at least one sensor of the device, wherein the graphical user interface includes a graphical depiction of a portion of a surface of the device that is configured to couple to the joint, wherein a contact point is displayed on the graphical depiction of the portion of the surface of the device, wherein the computer is configured to use the measurement data to calculate a contact point location on the graphical depiction of the portion of the surface of the device, and wherein the contact point is configured to move in real-time corresponding to movement of the joint.

US Pat. No. 10,335,054

METHOD FOR DETECTING FLUID IN CRANUIM VIA TIME VARYING MAGNETIC FIELD PHASE SHIFTS

CEREBROTECH MEDICAL SYSTE...

1. A method for monitoring intracranial fluid in a patient's head, the method comprising:placing a headset on the patient's head, wherein the headset includes a first transmitter positioned at a first location on the headset, a second transmitter positioned at a second location on the headset offset from the first location, a receiver positioned at a third location on the headset offset from the first and second locations, and a processor comprising a field-programmable gate array;
providing a first signal to the first transmitter from the frequency synthesis field-programmable gate array, wherein providing the first signal includes:
producing, with the frequency synthesis field-programmable gate array, a square wave clock signal for generating a first time-varying magnetic field in the first transmitter and a sampling signal at an offset in frequency from the square wave clock signal; and
amplifying the square wave signal;
transmitting from the first transmitter, in response to the first signal, the first time-varying magnetic field through the intracranial fluid and toward the receiver;
receiving the first time-varying magnetic field with the receiver based on the sampling signal;
generating, with the receiver, a second signal responsive to the received first time-varying magnetic field;
transmitting the second signal from the receiver to the processor;
determining, with the processor of the headset, a first phase shift between the transmitted first time-varying magnetic field and the received first time-varying magnetic field for a plurality of frequencies of the transmitted first time-varying magnetic field;
providing a third signal to the second transmitter from the frequency synthesis field-programmable gate array;
transmitting from the second transmitter, in response to the third signal, a second time-varying magnetic field through the intracranial fluid and toward the receiver;
receiving the second time-varying magnetic field with the receiver;
generating, with the receiver, a fourth signal responsive to the received second time-varying magnetic field;
transmitting the fourth signal from the receiver to the processor;
determining, with the processor, a second phase shift between the transmitted second time-varying magnetic field and the received second time-varying magnetic field for a plurality of frequencies of the transmitted second time-varying magnetic field; and
determining, with the processor, an analysis of the intracranial fluid based on the first phase shift and the second phase shift.

US Pat. No. 10,335,053

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CARDIAC MONITORING USING ADAPTIVE SENSITIVITY/SPECIFICITY LEVELS

Medtronic Monitoring, Inc...

1. A method of adaptive arrhythmia detection, the method comprising:monitoring ECG signals of a patient via a patient medical device;
detecting arrhythmic ECG segments based on a heart rate threshold and an initial sensitivity level associated with the heart rate threshold;
incrementing a count of detected arrhythmic ECG segments in response to each arrhythmic ECG segment detected; and
increasing the sensitivity level associated with the heart rate threshold in response to the count of detected arrhythmic ECG segments failing to exceed a threshold within a given time period.

US Pat. No. 10,335,052

DETECTION OF PULMONARY VEIN ISOLATION

UNIVERSITEIT GENT, Ghent...

1. A device for analyzing electrophysiological data, the device comprising:at least one electrode for generating at least one electrocardiogram recorded in a junction region between a pulmonary vein and a left atrium of the heart in a subject,
a processing means adapted for: determining a morphology classification representative of a waveform shape for each of the at least one electrocardiogram, determining a first value representative of a likelihood that the at least one electrocardiogram comprises a pulmonary vein potential component, wherein said determining the first value takes said morphology classification into account, and
for generating a signal indicative of a detected presence of the pulmonary vein potential component when the first value satisfies a first predetermined condition and a signal indicative of a detected absence of the pulmonary vein potential component when the first value satisfies a second predetermined condition,
wherein the processing means is furthermore adapted for determining at least one morphological parameter indicative of at least one waveform feature for each of the at least one electrocardiogram and determining a second value representative of said likelihood that the at least one electrocardiogram comprises said pulmonary vein potential component, wherein this determining of the second value takes said at least one morphological parameter and said morphology classification into account, and
wherein the processing means is furthermore adapted for generating a signal indicative for the detected presence of the pulmonary vein potential component when the second value satisfies a third predetermined criterion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,051

BEAT ALIGNMENT AND SELECTION FOR CARDIAC MAPPING

Rhythmia Medical, Inc., ...

1. A method of determining and displaying physiological information related to a heart surface, comprising:for each of multiple, different catheter positions in a heart cavity, concurrently measuring cardiac beats in signals at one or more electrodes on a catheter in response to electrical activity in the heart cavity and collecting a plurality of additional data signals related to the cardiac beats;
computing criteria that is used to characterize beat morphology of a cardiac beat in the plurality of additional data signals, wherein the criteria are based on a comparison of the plurality of additional data signals and a beat template;
selecting a subset of less than all of the cardiac beats in the signals measured by the one or more electrodes by determining, based on the criteria, whether to select the cardiac beat and include beat data for the cardiac beat in the subset of less than all of the cardiac beats in the signals;
selecting cardiac beats from the subset of less than all of the cardiac beats in the signals by at least one of:
comparing beat duration information for the cardiac beat with an expected beat duration and excluding the beat data for the cardiac beat if the beat duration is below a beat duration threshold, and
selecting the beat data for the cardiac beat based on a location of the cardiac beat in a beat train of the cardiac beats;
determining the physiological information at multiple locations of an endocardium surface by processing the cardiac beats selected from the subset of less than all of the cardiac beats in the signals measured by the one or more electrodes;
displaying at least a portion of the determined physiological information on a display to aid physicians in determining a source of arrhythmias and in guiding therapeutic treatment; and
guiding therapeutic treatment based on the determined physiological information.

US Pat. No. 10,335,050

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE SPEED OF PROPAGATION OF A PULSE WAVE

1. An apparatus for determining speed of propagation of blood pressure waves of a subject, known as pulse waves, said apparatus comprising:at least one wave pulse sensor, each wave pulse sensor being able to be positioned on a finger of a hand or on a toe of a foot of the subject;
a processor; and
at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising values stored thereon representing a height (H) and an age of the subject and comprising instructions stored thereon, which when executed by the processor configure the apparatus to perform acts comprising:
using a first of the at least one sensor to determine a time (TB) that a pulse wave reaches the finger of the subject, when said first sensor is positioned on said finger;
using the first or a second of the at least one sensor to determine a time that a pulse wave reaches a toe of the subject, when said first or second sensor is positioned on said toe;
calculating a time value, designated aortic transit time (Top_aort), as a function of the difference between said times that a pulse wave reaches the toe and the finger of the subject (TC, TB);
calculating said pulse wave propagation speed, designated aortic pulse wave velocity (Vop_aort), as a function of said aortic transit time (Top_aort), said calculation including dividing a value, designated aortic length (Laort), as a function of the stored values representing the height (H) and age of the subject, by said aortic transit time (Top_aort).

US Pat. No. 10,335,049

MAGNETIC RESONANCE FINGERPRINTING WITH STEADY STATE PRECESSION (MRF-FISP)

Case Western Reserve Univ...

1. A method for controlling a magnetic resonance fingerprinting apparatus, the method comprising:accessing a set of known signal evolutions;
accessing an acquired nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signal, where the acquired NMR signal was produced by a volume that contains one or more resonant species that simultaneously produced individual NMR signals in response to magnetic resonance fingerprinting (MRF) excitation that employed a steady state free precession (MRF-FISP) pulse sequence;
controlling the MRF-FISP pulse sequence to employ a variable density spiral readout trajectory;
determining a signal evolution from the acquired NMR signal;
finding a selected entry in the set of known signal evolutions that matches the signal evolution; and
retrieving, from stored magnetic resonance (MR) parameters associated with the selected entry, quantitative values for T1 relaxation associated with the resonant species, T2 relaxation associated with the resonant species, or a proton density associated with the resonant species, T1 being spin-lattice relaxation, T2 being spin-spin relaxation.

US Pat. No. 10,335,048

HIGH-RESOLUTION METABOLIC NEUROIMAGING

1. A computer-implemented method for determining a level of cellular metabolic activity for a region of interest in a brain of a subject, comprising:receiving, with one or more processors of a computing device, a first set of Dynamic Contrast Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DCE-MRI) time-course data obtained with a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) device for the brain of the subject, wherein the first set of DCE-MRI time-course data is obtained with the MRI device after administration of a contrast agent to the subject;
identifying, with the one or more processors of the computing device, the region of interest in the brain from the first set of DCE-MRI time-course data for further analysis;
determining, with the one or more processors of the computing device, a first mean water molecule capillary lifetime value (?b) in the region of interest using shutter-speed pharmacokinetic (SSP) analysis of the first set of DCE-MRI time-course data; and
determining, with the one or more processors of the computing device, a level of cellular metabolic activity in the region of interest of the brain based on the first mean water molecule capillary lifetime value.

US Pat. No. 10,335,047

AUTOMATIC HEART RATE DIAGNOSTICS

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A medical device system comprising:sensing circuitry configured to sense a cardiac electrogram signal of a patient via a plurality of electrodes and generate a signal that varies as a function of movement and posture of the patient; and
processing circuitry configured to, for each of a plurality of periods:
determine a plurality of heart rates of the patient based on the cardiac electrogram signal;
identify a first subset of the plurality of heart rates as nighttime heart rates, wherein each of the first subset of the plurality of heart rates occur when the patient is expected or determined to be asleep;
identify a second subset of the plurality of heart rates as resting heart rates, wherein each of the second subset of the plurality of heart rates occur when the patient is expected or determined to be awake and when at least one of the patient is lying down or an activity level of the patient satisfies a patient inactivity threshold;
determine a representative nighttime heart rate based on the first subset of the plurality of heart rates;
determine a representative resting heart rate based on the second subset of the plurality of heart rates;
determine a nocturnal dip based on the representative nighttime heart rate and the representative resting heart rate;
compare at least one of the representative nighttime heart rate, the representative resting heart rate, and the nocturnal dip to a respective threshold value; and
determine whether to generate an alert indicating a change in the cardiac function of the patient based on the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,335,046

3D PHYSIOLOGICAL DETECTION SYSTEM AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

1. A physiological detection system comprising:an image sensor comprising a plurality of pixels each configured to output a PPG signal;
a converting unit configured to convert the PPG signal of each of a plurality of pixel regions of the image sensor to a frequency domain signal thereby generating a plurality of frequency domain signals each corresponding to one pixel region, wherein each pixel region comprises at least one pixel of the image sensor;
a retrieving unit configured to respectively retrieve a spectral energy value of the frequency domain signals corresponding to each of the pixel regions; and
a processing unit configured to construct a three dimensional energy distribution of the spectral energy values, each spectral energy value corresponding to one of the pixel regions, by distributing the spectral energy values in a two dimensional space of the pixel regions as the three dimensional energy distribution that has an energy value corresponding to each of the pixel regions.

US Pat. No. 10,335,045

SELF-ADAPTIVE MATRIX COMPLETION FOR HEART RATE ESTIMATION FROM FACE VIDEOS UNDER REALISTIC CONDITIONS

Universita degli Studi Di...

1. A method of determining heart rate through observation of a human face, comprising:acquiring with at least one automated camera, a time series of images of a human face, wherein the time series of images are subject to variations between respective images of the time series in illumination and facial movements;
adaptively selecting, with the at least one automated processor, a subset of the regions of interest of respective images of the time series of images of the human face, that exhibit a more statistically reliable heart-rate-determined variation than a non-selected subset of regions of the respective images of the human face;
based at least on the adaptively selected subset of regions of interest of the respective images of the time series of the human face that exhibit the reliable heart-rate-determined variation, determining a heart rate, and updating the adaptively selected subset of the regions of interest that exhibit the reliable heart-rate-determined variation; and
outputting a signal corresponding to the determined heart rate.

US Pat. No. 10,335,044

BODY-WORN SYSTEM FOR MEASURING CONTINUOUS NON-INVASIVE BLOOD PRESSURE (CNIBP)

SOTERA WIRELESS, INC., S...

1. A system for measuring a vital sign value from a patient, comprising:(a) a first sensor configured to generate a first time-dependent signal indicative of one or more contractile properties of the patient's heart;
(b) a second sensor configured to generate a second time-dependent signal indicative of one or more contractile properties of the patient's heart, the second sensor comprising a radiation source configured to irradiate a portion of the patient, and a detector configured to detect radiation emitted from the radiation source after it passes through the portion of the patient, the detector comprising at least two pixel elements, each configured to generate a unique pixel element signal;
(c) a motion sensor configured to generate a motion signal indicative of movement of a region of the patient that the motion sensor is attached to; and,
(d) a processing component configured to be worn on the patient's body, the processing component programmed to: (i) collectively analyze the pixel element signals generated by each of the at least two pixel elements and the motion signal; (ii) based on the collective analysis of the motion signal and the pixel element signals, select a pixel element signal from one of the at least two pixel elements characterized as having the lowest degree of motion corruption; and (iii) analyze the pixel element signal selected in (ii) to determine the vital sign value.

US Pat. No. 10,335,043

IMPLANTABLE VITAL SIGN SENSOR

Thomas Jefferson Universi...

1. A confocal displacement sensor, comprising:a light source configured to emit light;
a first lens, the first lens being configured to focus the light emitted from the light source;
a beam splitter, the beam splitter being configured to receive the focused light from the first lens and split the focused light into a first beam of light and a second beam of light;
a first prism, the first prism being configured to refract light from the first beam of light;
a reference detector, the reference detector being configured to receive the refracted first beam of light from the first prism;
a wave plate, the wave plate being configured to receive the second beam of light from the beam splitter;
a second lens, the second lens being configured to further focus the second beam of light from the wave plate;
a diaphragm housing, the diaphragm housing having a first portion, a second portion, and a lumen there through, the first portion of the diaphragm housing having a first length and the second portion of the diaphragm housing having a second length, the second length being longer than the first length, the first portion of the diaphragm housing having a first diameter and the second portion of the diaphragm housing having a second diameter, the first diameter being larger than the second diameter, the diaphragm housing being sized to releasably retain the second lens inside the lumen;
a diaphragm, the diaphragm being configured to reflect light from the further focused second beam of light, the diaphragm being disposed at the distal end of the second portion of the diaphragm housing to seal the lumen, the diaphragm housing and the diaphragm being a molded unitary piece, the diaphragm being deflectable in response to blood pressure in the range between 0 mmHg to at least 250 mmHg;
a second prism, the second prism being configured to refract light, the beam splitter being configured to receive the reflected second beam of light from the diaphragm and then direct the second beam of light from the diaphragm to the second prism, the second prism refracting the second beam of light from the diaphragm into a third beam of light;
a signal detector, the signal detector being configured to receive the third beam of light from the second prism and measure at least one property of light of the third beam of light; the light source, the first lens, the beam splitter, the wave plate, the second lens, the diaphragm housing, and the diaphragm being disposed along a first longitudinal axis;
the first prism, the beam splitter, and the second prism being disposed along a second longitudinal axis, the second longitudinal axis being orthogonal to the first longitudinal axis; and the reference detector and the signal detector being disposed along a third longitudinal axis, the third longitudinal axis being parallel to the second longitudinal axis and being orthogonal to the first longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,335,042

METHODS, DEVICES AND SYSTEMS FOR SENSING, MEASURING AND/OR CHARACTERIZING VESSEL AND/OR LESION COMPLIANCE AND/OR ELASTANCE CHANGES DURING VASCULAR PROCEDURES

Cardiovascular Systems, I...

1. A method for assessing characteristics of a blood vessel in a patient during a rotational medical procedure performed within the blood vessel, comprising:providing a rotational medical system comprising a rotational drive shaft and a prime mover adapted to rotate the rotational drive shaft;
providing at least one magnet, wherein the at least one magnet is located within the blood vessel and adapted to rotate when the rotational drive shaft rotates;
providing at least one magnetic field sensor;
generating a magnetic field by rotating the rotational drive shaft and the at least one magnet;
sensing with the at least one magnetic field sensor, the location of the at least one magnet as it rotates and obtaining a first set of test data;
determining, with the sensed location of the at least one magnet, at least one of the following characteristics of the blood vessel within the group consisting of: the diameter of the blood vessel, the cross-sectional shape of the blood vessel, the cross-sectional shape of an occlusion within the blood vessel, the compliance of the blood vessel, the elastance of the blood vessel, whether the blood vessel is at least partially calcified, the relative amount of calcification, the frequency with which the at least one magnet impacts the wall of the blood vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,041

NON-INVASIVE METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTION OF CANCER OR ARTERIAL VASCULAR DISORDERS USING METAL NANOPARTICLES

BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY, Ram...

1. A non-invasive and real-time optical method based on diffusion reflection measurements for detection of arterial vascular disorders or cancer, said method comprising the steps of:a) administering to an individual a composition comprising noble metal nanoparticles that accumulate in an injured vascular or cancerous tissue;
b) optically irradiating an area of a tissue suspected of being a cancerous or injured vascular tissue of the individual with an optical light source outputting an optical signal of at least one wavelength; and
c) measuring diffusion reflection of said area of the irradiated tissue using at least one detector configured for detecting light reflecting from said area of said irradiated tissue and a processing unit for receiving output data from said at least one detector in real time and processing thereof; whereby
detection from the measured diffusion reflection of accumulation of the noble metal nanoparticles in said area indicates that the irradiated tissue is an injured vascular or cancerous tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,335,040

DEVICE FOR MEASURING THE INFRARED OUTPUT OF THE ABREU BRAIN THERMAL TUNNEL

Geelux Holdings, Ltd., T...

1. A sensing device configured to interface with a human Abreu brain thermal tunnel (ABTT) terminus of a patient, the sensing device comprising:a handle portion;
a body portion including a first end and a second end, said handle portion being pivotally mounted on the second end of the body portion;
a viewing portion mounted on an upper side of the body portion, the viewing portion including a display configured to extend from the body portion into a patient's field of view; and
a sensing portion including a sensor mounted on a free end of the sensing portion, said sensing portion being rotatably mounted on the first end of the body portion and said sensing portion being angled away from the body portion, the free end of the sensing portion being rotatably movable with respect to the body portion to receive a signal from the ABTT terminus, the sensing portion including a field of view to capture at least the signal from a center portion of the ABTT terminus, and the sensing portion oriented at an angle of 75 degrees or less with respect to a longitudunal axis of the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,039

METHODS FOR STENT STRUT DETECTION AND RELATED MEASUREMENT AND DISPLAY USING OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

LIGHTLAB IMAGING, INC., ...

1. A method of generating a diagnostic representation of a blood vessel and a stent disposed therein, the method comprising:storing a set of intravascular measurements in a memory device, the set of intravascular measurements generated in response to an intravascular scan of the blood vessel and the stent disposed therein;
wherein the set of stored intravascular measurements comprises intravascular data, the intravascular data comprising one or more pullback frames and one or more angles of rotation;
generating a two dimensional representation of a segment of the blood vessel and the stent disposed therein, wherein the two dimensional representation is oriented relative to a pullback frame axis and an angle of rotation axis; and
displaying the two dimensional representation of the segment of the blood vessel and the stent disposed therein.

US Pat. No. 10,335,038

SPECTRAL UNMIXING FOR IN-VIVO IMAGING

Xenogen Corporation, Ala...

1. A method for spectrally unmixing light data corresponding to light emitted from multiple light sources internal to an animal, the method comprising:selecting an excitation wavelength band for excitation light provided to the animal;
selecting an emission wavelength band that limits light wavelengths collected from the animal;
providing excitation light, into the animal, that is limited to the excitation wavelength band;
capturing a first image of at least a portion of the animal, where the first image includes light data that is limited in wavelength to the emission wavelength band and corresponds to light emitted by multiple fluorescent light sources internal to the animal;
changing the excitation wavelength band and/or the emission wavelength band;
capturing at least one additional image of at least the portion of the animal that uses a different combination of excitation wavelength band and emission wavelength band for each additional image, where each additional image includes light data that corresponds to light emitted by the multiple fluorescent light sources internal to the animal and is limited in wavelength to the emission wavelength band of the different combination; and
unmixing spectra for the multiple fluorescent light sources derived from the first image limited in wavelength to the emission wavelength band and the at least one additional image limited in wavelength to the emission wavelength band to determine a pure spectrum for each light source in the animal using an iterative solution process by a processor,
wherein said iterative solution process by the processor includes applying both a unimodality constraint that limits the pure spectrum for each light source in the process to having a single peak, and a bandpass constraint that limits the pure spectrum for each light source in the process to within a desired wavelength range.

US Pat. No. 10,335,037

GLOBAL LONGITUDINAL STRAIN FROM CINE MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGES

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for computing global longitudinal strain from cine magnetic resonance (MR) images, the method comprising:receiving a cine MR image sequence comprising a series of long axis image frames of a subject's heart;
automatically detecting a plurality of landmark points in each MR long axis image frame;
determining a deformation field between every pair of long axis image frames based on the plurality of landmark points;
labeling myocardial pixels in one or more of the long axis image frames using a deep learning framework to yield one or more myocardium masks;
propagating the myocardium masks to each long axis image frame using the deformation field between each pair of long axis image frames to yield a plurality of masked long axis images;
performing a polar transformation on each of the masked long axis image frames to yield a plurality of polar long axis images;
computing contours of the myocardium in each polar long axis image frame using a shortest path algorithm;
calculating longitudinal strain at every pixel in the myocardium for the polar long axis image frames using the contours of the myocardium; and
computing global longitudinal strain by averaging the longitudinal strain at every pixel in the myocardium of the polar long axis image frames.

US Pat. No. 10,335,036

PULSED ULTRASOUND MODULATED OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHY USING LOCK-IN CAMERA

HI LLC, Los Angeles, CA ...

1. An ultrasound modulated optical tomography (UOT) system, comprising:an acoustic assembly configured for delivering ultrasound into a target voxel within an anatomical structure;
an interferometer configured for delivering sample light into the anatomical structure, whereby a portion of the sample light passing through the target voxel is scattered by the anatomical structure as signal light, and another portion of the sample light not passing through the target voxel is scattered by the anatomical structure as background light that combines with the signal light to create a sample light pattern, the interferometer further configured for combining reference light with the sample light pattern to generate an interference light pattern;
a controller configured for operating the acoustic assembly and the interferometer to pulse the ultrasound and the sample light in synchrony, such that only the signal light is frequency shifted by the ultrasound, the controller further configured for operating the interferometer to sequentially modulate the interference light pattern to generate a plurality of different interference light patterns;
a lock-in camera having an array of detectors configured for simultaneously detecting spatial components of each different interference light pattern, wherein each detector of the lock-in camera respectively stores a plurality of values in a plurality of bins of the lock-in camera representative of the respective spatial components of the interference light patterns, wherein the controller is configured for synchronizing operation of the acoustic assembly, the interferometer, and the array of detectors of the lock-in camera, such that the different interference light patterns are detected at specific points on a cycle of the ultrasound; and
a processor configured for determining a physiologically-dependent optical parameter of the target voxel based on the plurality of values stored in the bins of each detector.

US Pat. No. 10,335,035

SHIM COIL DEVICE AND A MAGNETIC RESONANCE COIL SYSTEM HAVING A SHIM COIL DEVICE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A magnetic resonance (MR) coil system, comprising:a local breast coil device comprising a local MR coil configured to obtain MR data from a breast of a patient in an MR imaging procedure;
a shim coil device comprising a housing having a contact surface adapted for placement beneath a prone patient in said MR scanner in which a homogenous basic magnetic field is produced that proceeds along a longitudinal direction of the patient, so that the contact surface bears against a patient surface of the patient adjacent to a breast of the patient, the patient comprising a body region next to the heart in which said basic magnetic field exhibits inhomogeneity;
said shim coil device comprising a plurality of shim coil elements situated in said housing so as to be adjacent to but not surround said breast, said shim coil elements being situated in said housing so that, when said contact surface bears against said patient surface, said plurality of shim coil elements proceed sequentially in a direction along the longitudinal direction of the patient;
said shim coil elements being configured to produce a compensating magnetic field having field lines in an orientation in which said field lines proceed relative to said basic magnetic field in said body region so as to compensate said inhomogeneity of said basic magnetic field in said body region during said MR imaging procedure of the breast, and in which said field lines proceed in said breast relative to said basic magnetic field so as to not alter said basic magnetic field in said breast during said procedure;
each shim coil element forming a plane that is situated at a distance beneath said contact surface and said patient surface, said plane having a center and each shim coil element having a shim coil axis that proceeds through said center perpendicular to said plane, with said shim coil axis oriented with an angle of inclination ? relative to at least one of said contact surface and said patient surface, with 45°???135°, so as to produce said orientation of said field lines of said compensating magnetic field; and
said local breast coil device and said shim coil device being situated in a sequence along said longitudinal direction of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,335,034

DEPENDENCY-BASED STARTUP IN A MULTI-MODALITY MEDICAL SYSTEM

VOLCANO CORPORATION, San...

1. A dependency-based startup method in a multi-modality medical processing unit, the method comprising:receiving, by a system controller of the multi-modality medical processing unit, initialization information about:
a resource arbiter component configured to manage sharing of system resources,
a workflow controller component configured to govern a multi-modality medical sensing workflow,
a first medical sensing modality component configured to communicate with a first medical sensing device configured to be coupled to the multi-modality medical processing unit, wherein the first medical sensing modality component is associated with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging by the first medical sensing device, and
a second medical sensing modality component configured to communicate with a second medical sensing device configured to be coupled to the multi-modality medical processing unit;
receiving, by the system controller, dependency information about the resource arbiter component, the workflow controller component, and the first and second medical sensing modality components, wherein the dependency information indicates that both the first medical sensing modality component and the second medical sensing modality component depend on the resource arbiter component and the workflow controller component;
deriving, by the system controller, a start order based on the dependency information, wherein the start order comprises a plurality of startup levels organized such that the first and second medical sensing modality components occupy the same startup level and such that the first and second medical sensing modality components come later in the start order than the resource arbiter component and the workflow controller component;
determining, by the system controller, whether the first medical sensing device is coupled to the multi-modality medical processing unit;
determining, by the system controller, whether the second medical sensing device is coupled to the multi-modality medical processing unit; and
starting the resource arbiter component, the workflow controller component, and the first and second medical sensing modality components in the multi-modality medical processing unit according to the start order, wherein the resource arbiter component and the workflow controller component are started during every startup sequence, wherein the first medical sensing modality component is only started when the first medical sensing device is coupled to the multi-modality medical processing unit, and wherein the second medical sensing modality component is only started when the second medical sensing device is coupled to the multi-modality medical processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,335,033

PHYSIOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE

MASIMO CORPORATION, Irvi...

1. A pulse oximetry system comprising:a portable patient monitoring device comprising:
a pulse oximetry sensor configured to be attached to a digit of a patient, the pulse oximetry sensor including at least:
a light emitter configured to emit light into a tissue site of the digit of the patient; and
a light detector configured to output a sensor signal responsive to at least a portion of the emitted light after attenuation by tissue of the tissue site;
a housing configured to be secured to a lower arm of the patient, wherein the housing comprises:
a top surface;
a bottom surface opposite the top surface; and
a side surface that forms at least a partial perimeter of the housing and joins the top surface and the bottom surface;
a strap mountable to the housing, the strap configured to secure the housing to the lower arm of the patient such that the bottom surface of the housing is flush with the lower arm of the patient;
a cable extending from the pulse oximetry sensor and configured to electrically convey the sensor signal, wherein:
the cable connects with the housing at a position on the side surface of the housing,
the side surface of the housing runs perpendicular to the long axis of the lower arm of the patient when the housing is secured to the lower arm of the patient,
the position is located at a mid-section of a width of the housing, and
the cable is configured to extend from the side surface of the housing along a path perpendicular to the side surface of the housing;
one or more signal processors configured to:
cause activation of the light emitter to emit light;
receive the sensor signal from the light detector;
determine, based at least in part on the sensor signal, measurements of physiological parameters including at least oxygen saturation and pulse rate; and
generate a transmit signal including information indicative of the measurements of the physiological parameters;
a signal transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit the transmit signal to a receiver computing system; and
a battery configured to power the portable patient monitoring device including at least the one or more signal processors and the signal transmitter; and
the receiver computing system configured to:
receive, by a signal receiver of the receiver computing system, the transmit signal from the portable patient monitoring device; and
cause display, on a display of the receiver computing system, of the measurements of the physiological parameters of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,335,032

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR QUANTIFICATION OF, AND PREDICTION OF SMOKING BEHAVIOR

Carrot, Inc., Redwood Ci...

1. A method identifying a smoking behavior of an individual, the method comprising:recording a plurality of behavioral data regarding a behavior of the individual;
obtaining a plurality of biologic data from the individual;
identifying a smoking exposure over a period of time of the individual using the plurality of biologic data without affecting the smoking behavior of the individual;
compiling a behavior summary, where the behavior summary includes an association of at least one of the plurality of behavioral data and the smoking exposure; and
providing at least a portion of the behavior summary to a user interface structured to display the at least one of the plurality of behavioral data in association with the smoking exposure, where the user interface is configured to permit the individual to observe data in the behavior summary to inform the individual about the smoking behavior.

US Pat. No. 10,335,031

VITALS MONITORING SYSTEM

Accenture Global Solution...

1. A system, comprising:a platform that includes one or more memory devices and one or more processors communicatively coupled to the one or more memory devices,
wherein the platform is to connect and communicate bi-directionally with a plurality of devices via a gateway device,
the gateway device being a user device associated with a patient,
the user device and the at least some of the plurality of devices being located in a same physical location,
wherein the plurality of devices includes different types of devices and devices manufactured by a plurality of different third parties,
wherein at least some of the plurality of devices include sensors capable of gathering vitals data from the patient,
wherein the vitals data includes a plurality of different types of vitals data,
wherein the platform is to support continuous and live streaming of the vitals data from the sensors,
wherein the platform is to:
receive threshold data on a per patient basis,
wherein the threshold data identifies a baseline for one or more of the plurality of different types of vitals data,
selectively generate an alert based on the vitals data and the threshold data, and
provide the alert to a responsible party when the alert is generated.

US Pat. No. 10,335,030

RAKAN'S ADJUSTABLE GLAUCOMA VALVE AND SHUNT WITH INTRAOCULAR PRESSURE INDICATOR AND RASHA'S POSTERIOR—ANTERIOR CHAMBER SHUNT

1. An intraocular fluid drainage device comprises three parts: a first adjustable shunt part comprising an outer fixed piece and an inner rotatory piece:said outer fixed piece is a hollow cylindrical-shaped container configured to receive the inner rotatory piece: said outer fixed piece comprises a side wall having multiple apertures;
wherein one aperture is configured as an inlet and the other apertures configured as outlets;
said outer fixed piece comprises a covered flat base circular surface and an open top surface; said inner rotatory piece is a hollow cylinder having a covered circular flat base surface, a covered circular top surface and a partial covered curved side surface; said circular top surface of the inner rotatory piece having a handle; said partial covered curved side surface of the inner piece configured to seal the outlets apertures of the outer fixed piece;
wherein the number of sealed outlets is controlled by rotating of the handle of the inner rotatory piece which rotates the partial covered curved side surface of the inner piece hence determining the number of the outlet apertures sealed of the outer fixed piece;
wherein controlling the number of the outlet apertures sealed controls the amount of drained out of the adjustable shunt part;
A second valve part comprising a spring and a movable seal; said spring and movable seal configured to fit in a tubular container; said tubular container comprises two tubules; an inlet tubule and an outlet tubule; said inlet tubule having one end covered and other end open; said inlet tubule having a side aperture configured to connect the outlet tubule; wherein the inlet tubule open end is configured to be placed in the anterior chamber of an eye; said spring is located between the covered end of the inlet tubule and the movable seal; said movable seal configured to seal the side aperture; said outlet tubule having two open ends; said outlet tubule is connected to the inlet tubule side aperture at one end and to the first adjustable shunt part at other end;
wherein fluid enters the inlet tubule pushes the movable seal and squeezes the spring hence opens the side aperture; wherein if fluid pressure is low in the inlet tubule the spring stretches and pushes the movable seal to seal the side aperture hence preventing backflow of fluid;
A third intraocular pressure indicator part comprising an adjustable structure, a spring; a sea, and a container, said adjustable structure having a rotatory toothed adjustable small cylinder and a toothed shaft: said rotatory toothed adjustable small cylinder having a handle: said rotatory toothed adjustable small cylinder configured to a get engaged with the toothed shaft;
Wherein rotating the handle rotates the toothed cylinder hence displacing the toothed shaft; said toothed shaft is connected to the spring of the indicator; said spring connects the adjustable structure to the sea of the indicator; said seal having a scale of colors; said container is a tubular structure having an opening for the handle of the rotatory toothed adjustable small cylinder of the adjustable structure; said container having a transparent window through which a color of the scale-colored seal appears: said container is connected to the inlet tubule of the valve part;
wherein the spring squeezing amount is proportional to fluid pressure facing the sea of the indicator hence the amount of displacement of the scale-colored seal hence the color appearing in the transparent window.

US Pat. No. 10,335,029

OPTHALMOSCOPE DEVICE

Welch Allyn, Inc., Skane...

1. An eye fundus imaging apparatus, comprising:a display device;
an image capture device configured to capture at least one image of a fundus of an eye; and
a control module that:
displays a target, the target indicating a desired position for the image capture device to capture the at least one image of the fundus of the eye;
monitors a relative position of the eye with respect to the target; and
when the relative position of the eye corresponds to the target, automatically captures the at least one image of the fundus of the eye.

US Pat. No. 10,335,028

OPHTHALMOLOGY

Optos PLC, Dunfermline (...

1. An apparatus for illuminating a retina of an eye, the apparatus comprising:an illumination device;
a wide-angle lens system,
wherein the illumination device and the wide-angle lens system combine to provide incident illumination from an apparent point source located within the wide-angle lens system; and
an illumination transfer device, wherein the illumination transfer device has a first focus point and a second focus point, and the apparent point source of the wide-angle lens system is provided at the first focus point of the illumination transfer device and the eye is accommodated at the second focus point of the illumination transfer device;
wherein the illumination transfer device transfers the incident illumination from the apparent point source into the eye to illuminate the retina, wherein the incident illumination travels directly from the apparent point source to a point on the illumination transfer device and directly from the point on the illumination transfer device to the second focus point of the illumination transfer device at which the eye is accommodated,
wherein the apparatus comprises an apparent focus point located within the wide-angle lens system, and
wherein the apparent focus point and the apparent point source are coincident.

US Pat. No. 10,335,027

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ASSESSMENT OF REFRACTIVE CONDITION

EYENETRA, INC., Cambridg...

1. A method comprising:(a) capturing, with a light sensor, an unfocused image of a first spatial light modulator (SLM), which unfocused image is formed by light that has entered and exited an eye and then passed through a first lens-system;
(b) analyzing differences between a first visual pattern and a second visual pattern; and
(c) computing a refractive aberration of the eye, based at least in part on the differences;wherein(1) the first SLM is positioned optically between the eye and the light sensor,
(2) the first visual pattern comprises the unfocused image or comprises a transformation of the unfocused image,
(3) the second visual pattern comprises a second image of the first SLM that is not distorted by the refractive aberration of the eye,
(4) an artificial light source emits the light,
(5) a second SLM is positioned optically between the light source and the eye,
(6) the light passes through a second lens system that is optically between the light source and the eye, and
(7) the second lens system has an optical power that prevents the eye from focusing on the second SLM and from focusing on the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,335,026

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES A TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE USING AN ESTIMATION VALUE OF PIXEL VALUES, AND RELATED OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that processes a tomographic image generated using a plurality of sets of tomographic signals acquired by an image sensor, the image sensor being included in an optical coherence tomography (OCT) optical system for performing optical coherence tomographic imaging a plurality of times using a measurement light controlled to scan substantially a same spot of a subject, the image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions; and
(B) at least one processor that executes the instructions stored in the memory:
(a) to acquire the plurality of sets of tomographic signals acquired by the image sensor; and
(b) to generate a representative value in each pixel position of the tomographic image, using the plurality of sets of tomographic signals, and to generate the tomographic image with the representative value in each pixel position as a pixel value by determining a target region in which contrast is reduced in the tomographic image, using at least one set of tomographic signals out of the plurality of sets of tomographic signals, and estimating an estimation value, in each pixel position of the target region, by performing statistical processing on a plurality of tomographic signals corresponding to the pixel position, out of the plurality of sets of tomographic signals, wherein the tomographic image is generated with the estimation value as the representative value in the target region.

US Pat. No. 10,335,025

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE TRAINING OF HEAD MOVEMENTS

Carl Zeiss Vision Interna...

17. A system to assist a spectacle wearer to learn to adapt and train his or her head movement behavior to progressive spectacles, the system comprising:a visual stimulus generation device including a screen and being configured to generate a visual stimulus on said screen for a left and a right eye of the spectacles wearer with the left and right eyes having respective rotation points;
a measurement device configured to capture a head movement of the spectacles wearer from a start head posture to an end head posture;
an assessment device including program code stored on a non-transitory computer readable medium for evaluating said head movement from the start head posture into the end head posture of the person to generate evaluation data directed to the head movement;
said evaluation data being dependent upon the visual stimulus and upon the head movement detected in response to the generated visual stimulus;
said program code including an evaluation routine configured to compare a first value for the head movement which is a desired value with respect to the generated visual stimulus to a second value for the head movement assigned to said visual stimulus wherein a displacement of the rotation points of the left and right eyes are captured in a person-specific coordinate system which is referred to a coordinate system of said visual stimulus generation device; and,
an output device configured to provide the evaluation data for the spectacles wearer so as to permit the spectacles wearer to learn how the spectacle wearer must change said head movement to see a clear picture through the spectacles.

US Pat. No. 10,335,024

MEDICAL INFLATION, ATTACHMENT AND DELIVERY DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS

Board of Regents of the U...

1. A delivery or removal device for delivering or moving a robotic medical device for laparoscopic surgery, the device comprising:a. a robotic medical device comprising a first arm and second arm;
b. an overtube comprising:
i. an elongate body having a wall, a first end and a second end;
ii. a device lumen disposed within the body and extending from the first end to the second end; and
iii. a wire lumen disposed within the wall of the elongate body and extending from the first end to the second end, wherein the device lumen is configured to accommodate the passage of the robotic medical device comprising a first arm and a second arm; and
c. a retraction wire configured to be disposed within the wire lumen and device lumen so as to urge the robotic medical device comprising a first arm and a second arm through the device lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,335,023

ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE INSERTION DEVICE

1. An intubation assembly rod in combination with an endotracheal tube insertion device having an elongated insertion member, the intubation assembly rod movably attached to the endotracheal tube insertion device and configured for insertion into an endotracheal tube, such that the endotracheal tube is carried thereon, the intubation assembly rod comprising an elongated body having a distal end, a proximal end, and defining a first axis, wherein the distal end of the intubation assembly rod body is one of tapered, rounded, and spherical and defines a leading end of the intubation assembly rod, and wherein the intubation assembly rod includes a longitudinally extending channel defining a second axis parallel to the first axis and further defining a guide sleeve that extends radially outwardly from the intubation assembly rod body, the guide sleeve positioned intermediate the distal and the proximal ends of the intubation assembly rod body, the channel configured such that an elongated member of a flexible optical assembly may be inserted into the channel;wherein the flexible optical assembly member has an elongated body having a substantially cylindrical shape and a plurality of longitudinally extending conduits formed therein, the longitudinally extending conduits configured to have one or more of a first video imaging device and first light source disposed therein.

US Pat. No. 10,335,022

EAR-MOUNTED DENTAL MIRROR SUPPORT

King Saud University, Ri...

1. An ear-mounted dental mirror support, consisting of:a left arm and a right arm, each of the arms having a first end and an opposite second end, an ear securement portion on the first end, wherein each of the arms includes a plurality of projections for holding a dental dam, further wherein the plurality of projections on each of the arms extend parallel to each other and are disposed in a horizontal plane:
a cross-member having a left end and a right end, the second end of the left arm being connected to the left end of the cross-member and the second end of the right arm being connected to the right end of the cross-member, wherein the cross-member includes a projection for holding a dental dam, wherein the projection extends in the horizontal plane so as to be coplanar with the plurality of projections;
a set of projections being attached to the connection of the cross-member and the second respective ends of the left and right arms, wherein each projection of the set of projections extends perpendicular to the plurality of projections disposed in the horizontal plane;
an adjustment member having a first end pivotally connected directly to a center of the cross-member and an opposite second end, wherein the adjustment member comprises at least two pivotally connected rods, wherein one of the at least two rods includes the first end and another of the at least two pivotally connected rods includes the opposite second end; and
a mirror pivotally connected to the second end of the adjustment member.

US Pat. No. 10,335,021

ENDOSCOPE WIPER BLADE CLEANER

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical instrument comprising:a viewing instrument including a lens; and
a wiper mechanism attachable to the viewing instrument, the wiper mechanism including:
a sheath configured to receive the lens therethrough; and
first and second cylindrical members operatively coupled to the sheath, wherein the first cylindrical member is rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the second cylindrical member extending along the length of the second cylindrical member when the lens extends distally through the sheath such that the first cylindrical member wipes the lens.

US Pat. No. 10,335,020

MEDICAL DEVICES FOR FLUID DELIVERY AND RELATED METHODS OF USE

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A medical device, comprising:an insertion portion longitudinally extending between a proximal end and a distal end, the insertion portion defining a channel extending therethrough; and
a handle coupled to the proximal end of the insertion portion and including a handle body, wherein the handle includes:
an irrigation port in fluid communication with the channel and coupled to a source of irrigation fluid, a first branch and a second branch connected to the channel via a bifurcation, wherein the first branch connects the irrigation port to the channel, and wherein the second branch is positioned proximal of the bifurcation, wherein irrigation fluid from the source of irrigation fluid is configured to flow from the source, through the irrigation port and the first branch, and into the channel by the force of gravity, and is also configured to flow from the source, through the irrigation port and the first branch, and into the second branch to provide a supplemental reservoir of irrigation fluid;
an actuator movably coupled to a portion of the handle body; and
a pressurizer within the handle body;
wherein manipulation of the actuator is configured to actuate the pressurizer to act on the irrigation fluid in the second branch to urge irrigation fluid distally through the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,019

IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT AND ENDOSCOPE DEVICE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An image pickup element comprising:a first substrate;
a second substrate which is stacked on the first substrate;
first pixels which are disposed in a matrix form on the first substrate, each of the first pixels having a first light-receiving element, the first pixel being irradiated with incident light of a first wavelength band including a visible band and incident light of a second wavelength band having a longer wavelength than the first wavelength band and including a near infrared region, the first pixel generating a first signal corresponding to light of the first wavelength band; and
second pixels which are disposed in a matrix form on the second substrate and irradiated with light transmitted through the first pixels,
wherein, in the second pixel, a first P-type layer, an N-type layer, and a second P-type layer are sequentially stacked in an incident direction of incident light,
the second pixel has:
a first PN junction surface in which the first P-type layer and the N-type layer are connected and parallel to a light-receiving surface; and
a second PN junction surface in which the N-type layer and the second P-type layer are connected and positioned deeper than the first PN junction surface and parallel to the light-receiving surface,
the first P-type layer and the N-type layer of the first PN junction surface are connected at a same potential,
generation of electric charge at the first PN junction surface with light component having a wavelength included in the first wavelength band among the light transmitted through the first pixels is suppressed,
the second PN junction surface detects the light transmitted through the first pixels and the first PN junction surface, and
the second pixel generates a second signal corresponding to light of the second wavelength band from electric charge obtained by the second PN junction surface.

US Pat. No. 10,335,018

ACTUATING MEMBER AND MEDICAL DEVICE

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An actuating member for making a flexible elongate member for medical use perform a predetermined action, the actuating member comprising:a push/pull member comprising:
first and second divided portions that together form a tube-shaped structure and that are divided in a circumferential direction of the tube-shaped structure,
wherein the first divided portion includes a first moving portion disposed on a proximal side in an axial direction of the elongate member, and a first extending portion that extends from the first moving portion toward a distal side in the axial direction of the elongate member,
wherein the second divided portion includes a second moving portion disposed on the proximal side in an axial direction of the elongate member, and a second extending portion that extends from the second moving portion toward a distal side in the axial direction of the elongate member,
wherein the first and second moving portions are movable relative to each other in the axial directed of the elongate member,
wherein the push/pull member is configured to be pushed and pulled in the axial direction of the elongate member in conjunction with a movement of the first moving portion and the second moving portion,
wherein the first moving portion includes a first divided surface, and the second moving portion includes a second divided surface, the first and second divided surfaces being surfaces along which the first moving portion is divided from the second moving portion,
wherein the first divided surface of the first moving portion includes a first concave surface, and
wherein the second divided surface of the second moving portion includes a second concave surface;
an operating member configured to effect the movement of the first moving portion and the second moving portion, the operating member being rotatable about an axis in a direction intersecting the axial direction of the elongate member; and
at least one cam member comprising a first cam surface that directly contacts the first concave surface, and a second cam surface that directly contacts the second concave surface, such that the at least one cam member is configured to move the first moving portion and the second moving portion in conjunction with rotation of the operating member,
wherein the push/pull member is configured to make the elongate member perform at least one of (i) an advance/retraction action and (ii) a bending action, by transmitting the movement of the first moving portion and the second moving portion, which are moved by the at least one cam member, to the elongate member.

US Pat. No. 10,335,017

PRESSURE RELIEF VENT FOR SEALED INSTRUMENTS

KARL STORZ Endovision, In...

1. A pressure relief vent comprising:(a) a vent enclosure defining a vent interior volume, the vent enclosure having a proximal end spaced apart from a distal end, and the vent interior volume extending from the proximal end of the vent enclosure to structure defining the distal end of the vent enclosure;
(b) a connector at the proximal end of the vent enclosure operable to connect the vent enclosure to an instrument so as to provide fluid communication between an interior volume of the instrument and the vent interior volume;
(c) a pressure relief arrangement associated with the vent enclosure and including a pressure relief passage, the pressure relief arrangement being operable to move from a closed condition to an open condition responsive to a predefined positive pressure differential between the vent interior volume and an atmosphere in which the vent enclosure is located, the entire vent interior volume extending from the proximal end of the vent enclosure to the structure defining the distal end of the vent enclosure being open to the atmosphere through the pressure relief passage when the pressure relief arrangement is in the open condition and being closed to the atmosphere through the pressure relief passage when the pressure relief arrangement is in the closed condition; and
(d) a vent opening device associated with the vent enclosure, the vent opening device being operable to move the pressure relief arrangement to the open condition or open a separate passage through the vent enclosure to the atmosphere responsive to a manual operation applied at the structure defining the distal end of the vent enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,335,016

REFLECTIVE OPTICAL OBJECTIVE

Ecole Polytechnique Feder...

1. A microscope comprising:an optical array of objectives, each objective comprising:
a first reflecting element having a convex or flat front surface and a back surface, wherein the front surface is reflective,
a second reflecting element having a concave reflecting surface facing the front surface of the first reflecting element, wherein the second reflecting element comprises a transmissive section permitting electromagnetic radiation to pass through the concave reflecting surface of the second reflecting element to the first reflecting element, and
a carrier material between at least the front surface of the first reflecting element and the concave reflecting surface of the second reflecting element;
a bundle of flexible waveguides, wherein each objective of the optical array is optically coupled to a single flexible waveguide of the bundle of flexible waveguides;
an inner housing that encloses the optical array and at least a portion of the bundle of flexible waveguides;
an outer housing that at least partially surrounds the inner housing; and
a micro-actuator attached to the outer housing that, upon activation, moves the inner housing relative to the outer housing such that the optical array moves with the inner housing along a scan pattern to collect light with the optical array of objectives at each of a plurality of positions in the scan pattern in order to form an image based on the light collected with all of the objectives of the optical array,
wherein a dimension of the scan pattern is no larger than a distance between adjacent objectives in the optical array of objectives.

US Pat. No. 10,335,015

MEDICAL BORESCOPES AND RELATED TIP ASSEMBLIES

Xenocor, Inc., Salt Lake...

1. A medical borescope, comprising:a handle;
a tube extending from the handle, wherein the tube comprises a non-conductive material;
a tip assembly positioned at a distal end of the tube, wherein at least a portion of the medical borescope device is disposable, and wherein the tip assembly comprises:
a housing;
a light source;
a lens assembly;
an image sensor; and
a printed circuit board; and
a dongle comprising an image processor configured to receive image data from the image sensor, wherein the dongle is removably coupleable with the handle of the medical borescope, and wherein the entire medical borescope including the handle, the tube and the tip assembly is disposable such that the dongle can be removed from the handle of the medical borescope and coupled with a handle of a new medical borescope upon disposal of the medical borescope.

US Pat. No. 10,335,014

ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, PROCESSOR DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscope system comprising:a light source device that generates illumination light to irradiate an observation object and is able to control an optical spectrum of the illumination light;
an image sensor which includes a blue pixel receiving light in a blue wavelength band, a green pixel receiving light in a green wavelength band, a red pixel receiving light in a red wavelength band, and a white pixel receiving at least light in a blue wavelength band and a green wavelength light, and images the observation object by reflected light of the illumination light from the observation object;
an imaging distance calculator which calculates an imaging distance which is a distance between the image sensor and the observation object;
a light source controller which increases a component of the blue wavelength band or the green wavelength band included in the illumination light according to the imaging distance; and
a demosaic processor configured to apply a first demosaic process performed with use of an image signal from the white pixel as a green image signal and a second demosaic process performed with use of an image signal from the white pixel as a blue image signal, the demosaic processor selectively applying the first demosaic process and the second demosaic process according to the imaging distance to an image signal which the image sensor outputs,
wherein signal value of the white pixel is used as the green image signal of the white pixel position in the first demosaic process, and is used as the blue image signal of the white pixel position in the second demosaic process, and
wherein the imaging distance calculator and the demosaic processor are implemented by a processor device.

US Pat. No. 10,335,013

COLLAPSIBLE DISH RACK FOR DISHWASHER

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a tub;
a first dish rack; and
a second dish rack disposed above the first dish rack in the tub, the second dish rack comprising:
a frame configured to couple to and adjust in a vertical position relative to a plurality of mounting rails in the tub,
a collapsible portion coupled to the frame and configured to adjust in a vertical position relative to the frame, and
an adjustment device configured to:
adjust the frame relative to the plurality of mounting rails, and
adjust the collapsible portion relative to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,335,012

DISHWASHER SPRAY FILL

ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS,...

1. A method for filling a dishwasher, the dishwasher comprising: a wash chamber comprising a sump disposed proximate a lower end of the wash chamber; a dish rack positioned within the wash chamber for receiving dishes for washing; a water inlet conduit configured to connect the dishwasher to a clean water source; a circulation assembly comprising a pump, wherein the circulation assembly is connected to the sump for circulating wash water in the sump through the wash chamber for washing dishes; a first dish spray device located in the wash chamber and oriented towards the dish rack for spraying clean water onto the dishes; a dish spray conduit connecting the water inlet conduit directly to the first dish spray device independent of the circulation assembly such that clean water can be supplied directly from the water inlet conduit to the first spray device without first being supplied to the sump or circulation assembly; a fill conduit fluidly connecting the water inlet conduit with a fill device located in the wash chamber for providing clean water to the sump without impinging on the dishes; one or more valves configured to selectively fluidly connect the water inlet conduit to one or both of the dish spray conduit and the fill conduit and direct clean water from the water inlet conduit to one or both of the first dish spray device and the fill device; the method comprising:receiving a fill indication;
in response to the fill indication, filling the wash chamber with clean water by opening at least one of the one or more valves to selectively direct clean water from the water inlet conduit to at least one of (a) the dish spray conduit, such that clean water enters the wash chamber and is sprayed directly onto the dishes independent of the circulation assembly, (b) the fill conduit, such that clean water enters the wash chamber and is provided directly to the sump without first impinging the dishes, or (c) both the dish spray conduit and the fill conduit, such that clean water enters the wash chamber and is both sprayed onto the dishes and provided to the sump independent of the circulation assembly;
receiving a fill indication; and
in response to the full indication, closing the one of the one or more valves to cease filling the wash chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,335,011

CLEANING DEVICE HAVING AN INDIVIDUALLY SWITCHABLE RINSING NOZZLE SYSTEM

1. A cleaning device for cleaning washware, comprising:a cleaning chamber;
a transportation device configured to transport the washware through the cleaning chamber in a transportation direction; and
a final-rinse nozzle system configured for applying a final-rinse fluid to the washware, the final-rinse nozzle system having at least two final-rinse nozzle units arranged in different positions transverse to the transportation direction and arranged next to one another as seen in the direction of the transportation direction;
each final-rinse nozzle unit having an associated switching element, each switching element being switchable to turn on or off the application of final-rinse fluid to the washware from the respective final-rinse nozzle unit, wherein the switching elements are switchable independently of one another to thereby apply the final-rinse fluid to the washware in the different positions independently of one another.

US Pat. No. 10,335,010

DISH WASHER COMPRISING AN AUXILIARY ARM WITH STOPPERS

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a tub with a space configured to accommodate objects to be washed;
a sump that is mounted to a lower part of the tub and that is configured to store wash water;
a spray arm comprising:
a main arm accommodated in the tub and configured to spray wash water received from the sump, and
an auxiliary arm rotatably mounted to the main arm and configured to spray wash water to the objects; and
a power transfer assembly configured to operate the auxiliary arm using a rotary force of the main arm, the power transfer assembly configured to have a predetermined elastic force with respect to the auxiliary arm wherein the auxiliary am is elastically deformable within a predetermined angle range in a horizontal direction, the range formed between stoppers at both sides of the auxiliary arm.

US Pat. No. 10,335,009

DISHWASHER WITH PERMANENT STORAGE COMPARTMENT

1. A dishwasher comprising:a washing chamber including a washing chamber door which totally seals an opening into said washing chamber;
a storage chamber separated from said washing chamber by a waterproof barrier and including a storage chamber door which totally seals an opening into said storage chamber;
a rack configured to support dishes; and
a means for conveying said rack between said washing chamber and said storage chamber through said waterproof barrier;
wherein when said washing chamber door is open, said rack can be accessed by a user through said opening into said washing chamber if said rack is in said washing chamber; and
wherein said washing chamber is configured to wash and dry dishes in said rack when said rack is within said washing chamber;
wherein, after said dishes have been washed and dried in said washing chamber, said waterproof barrier is automatically opened and said means automatically moves said rack through said waterproof barrier and into said storage chamber; and
wherein when said storage chamber door is open, said rack can be accessed by said user through said opening into said storage chamber if said rack is in said storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,335,008

WATER CONSERVING CLEANING SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An apparatus for use with a water source for cleaning utensils, comprising:(a) a primary vessel defining an open top dipping aperture above a soaking level, the primary vessel further comprising a drain having a recirculation outlet in a sidewall or extending over the top and into said vessel, and a recirculation inlet extending over the top or near the bottom and into said vessel at said soaking level, a drainage opening above said soaking level;
(b) a secondary vessel insertable within said primary vessel essentially holding utensils within the primary vessel;
(c) a water source flow path merging into a recirculation water flow path connecting a water source inlet with said outlet, said flow path further comprising a water pump, a turbidity sensor sensing the turbidity of water exiting said outlet, and a valve controlling the flow of the water source, said apparatus further comprising:
(d) a means for sensing the water level within the vessel at the soaking level and signaling said controller; and
(e) a controller controlling the opening and closing of said water source valve, and controlling the starting and stopping of the pump; and
(f) a nozzle flow path and a nozzle valve controlled by said controller; and
(g) wherein activation of said controller signals said water source valve to open and water to flow into said vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,007

BUCKET

CARL FREUDENBERG KG, Wei...

1. A bucket having a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction, the bucket comprising:a first extension in the longitudinal direction;
a second extension in the transverse direction, the first extension being greater than the second extension;
two longitudinal sides;
a front transverse side;
a rear transverse side; and
at least one substantially bow-shaped handle,
wherein the at least one handle extends in the longitudinal direction and is pivotable in the transverse direction, and
wherein a spout of the bucket comprises a self-contained through-hole and is arranged in the front transverse side.

US Pat. No. 10,335,006

CONTAINER WITH TRAPEZOID-SHAPED LONGITUDINAL SIDE AND RELATED METHODS

1. A container comprising:a body portion having a partially curved open end, an opposing closed end, and a flared longitudinal side extending laterally between said open and closed ends, the flared longitudinal side defining a scoop portion adjacent the partially curved open end, the scoop portion having opposing first and second acute angle-shaped ends, and a side defining a scoop edge, the opposing first and second acute angle-shaped ends each defining an opposed recess extending inwardly;
said partially curved open end comprising a handle portion extending laterally therefrom and being opposite to said flared longitudinal side; and
a handle coupled to said partially curved open end and extending over and across an entirety of said partially curved open end.

US Pat. No. 10,335,005

ROBOT CLEANER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A robot cleaner comprising:a body to travel on a floor;
an obstacle sensing unit to sense an obstacle that the body is approaching;
an auxiliary cleaning unit mounted to a bottom of the body to be extendable and retractable from the body; and
a control unit to control extension or retraction of the auxiliary cleaning unit when the obstacle is sensed,
wherein the control unit prevents the auxiliary cleaning unit from extending in response to at least one signal being received from a charger.

US Pat. No. 10,335,004

ROBOT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING DOCKING STATION POSE INCLUDING MOBILE ROBOTS AND METHODS USING SAME

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A mobile robot system comprising:a docking station comprising:
at least two pose-defining fiducial markers, the at least two pose-defining fiducial markers having a predetermined spatial relationship with respect to one another and/or to a reference point on the docking station;
an evacuation receptacle on the docking station;
a mobile robot including:
a chassis,
a motorized drive for moving the mobile robot to a docked position,
a pose sensor assembly configured to output a signal in response to the at least two pose-defining fiducial markers in a pose sensor field of view; and
a controller configured to analyze the signal from the pose sensor assembly to determine a docking station pose that is based on a stored spatial relationship of the pose-defining fiducial markers and the signal from the pose sensor assembly, to path plan a docking trajectory comprising a pre-planned path from the robot to the dock, based on a current robot position on the map of the surface and the docking station pose and to provide instructions to the motorized drive to move the mobile robot along the docking trajectory and into a docking lane aligned with the evacuation receptacle of the docking station.

US Pat. No. 10,335,003

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN AUTONOMOUS CLEANING APPARATUS

ADVANCED DIGITAL BROADCAS...

1. Method for an autonomous cleaning apparatus, the method comprising the steps of:scanning (401) a vicinity of an autonomous cleaning apparatus by means of at least one sensor;the method being characterized in that it further comprises the steps of:detecting an unreachable area (402), being unreachable by the autonomous cleaning apparatus;
detecting a door (403) in proximity to the unreachable area (107);
determining a thickness of the detected door (403);
detecting (404) that the unreachable area is unreachable due to the positioning of the door wing;
automatically moving (405) the door wing, by the autonomous cleaning apparatus, in order to obtain access to and clean the unreachable area.

US Pat. No. 10,335,002

HAND-HELD VACUUM CLEANER

JIANGSU MIDEA CLEANING AP...

1. A hand-held vacuum cleaner, comprising:a dust cup comprising a first cyclone, a cyclone assembly, and a filtration member, wherein
the first cyclone has an air intake channel having a first air intake and a first air vent, the cyclone assembly comprises a plurality of second cyclones arranged in parallel along a circumferential direction of the first cyclone, a guiding channel is defined between two of the plurality of the second cyclones, the guiding channel is in communication with the first air vent and an airflow is guided to an outer circumference of the cyclone assembly along a tangent line to a circumferential wall of the second cyclone adjacent to the guiding channel, each second cyclone has an air inducing notch to allow the airflow to enter the second cyclone in a tangent direction, each second cyclone is provided with an air guiding pipe, the air guiding pipe is spaced apart from an inner circumferential wall of the second cyclone, the air guiding pipe has an air guiding inlet and an air guiding outlet, the air guiding inlet is in communication with the air inducing notch,
the filtration member is disposed along the outer circumference of the cyclone assembly, the airflow in the outer circumference of the cyclone assembly tangentially enters the second cyclone through the filtration member and the air inducing notch; and
a housing having a first end provided with an air inlet and an air blowing vent wherein the dust cup is disposed within the housing and connected to the air inlet the air blowing vent is disposed adjacent to the air inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,335,001

DUST COLLECTION BOX AND ROBOT VACUUM CLEANER

JIANGSU MIDEA CLEANING AP...

1. A dust collection box, comprising:a box body comprising a dust extraction port at a bottom of the box body, wherein a top of the box body defines an opening in communication with the dust extraction port;
a lower lid comprising a first lateral portion and a second lateral portion opposite to each other, the first lateral portion being rotatably connected with the box body to enable the lower lid to open or close the dust extraction port, the second lateral portion being snap-fitted with the box body through a first snap structure;
an upper lid detachably arranged to the top of the box body and covering the opening; and
a button arranged on a side surface of the dust collection box, wherein the button is configured be depressible such that when the button is pushed, the lower lid rotates downward along the first lateral portion to expose the dust extraction port; and, wherein
when the lower lid closes, the dust extraction port is enclosed by the lower lid.

US Pat. No. 10,335,000

APPARATUS FOR THE DISPENSING OF WIPES AND HYGIENE PRODUCTS

1. A dispenser for dispensing wipes and hygiene products comprising:a rectangular container having a bottom, a top, and upstanding sides defining an enclosed space with one open side; and
hanging means disposed on the dispenser and adapted for suspending the dispenser from at least one of an existing bathroom tissue holder's spindle roll or holder's bar used for mounting a conventional bathroom tissue roll;
wherein the hanging means includes a nipple on the outside of at least one of the upstanding sides of the dispenser;
openings on the upstanding sides of the dispenser for means to secure lugs;
detachable square side containers having lugs and an attached lid; and
three semicircular arms which mutually overlap and together form an aperture, suitable for suspending the dispenser from at least one of the conventional bathroom tissue holder's spindle roll or bar used for mounting a bathroom tissue roll.

US Pat. No. 10,334,999

TISSUE DISPENSING ASSEMBLY

1. A tissue dispensing assembly comprising:a first shell defining an interior space, said first shell comprising fabric, said first shell being configured for resembling an animal, said first shell being configured for resembling a bear;
a second shell defining an internal space, said second shell having an upper end, said upper end being open, said second shell being cylindrically shaped;
a first hole positioned in a top of said first shell;
a second hole positioned in a bottom of said first shell;
a panel coupled to and extending between a perimeter of said first hole and a circumference of said second hole defining a chamber in said interior space, said panel being resilient such that said chamber is positioned for expanding for inserting said second shell through said second hole into said chamber, wherein said second hole is positioned in said first shell such that said second hole is positioned for inserting said second shell into said chamber positioning said upper end of said second shell adjacent to said first hole, said panel comprising fabric, said panel comprising plastic;
a plurality of tissues, said plurality of tissues being rolled such that said plurality of tissues is configured for positioning in said internal space, wherein said plurality of tissues is positioned in said second shell such that a terminal sheet of said plurality of tissues is configured for positioning through said first hole such that said terminal sheet is configured for grasping in a hand of a user for extracting said terminal sheet from said internal space concurrent with positioning of an adjacent sheet through said first hole;
stuffing positioned in and substantially occupying said interior space between said panel and said first shell, said stuffing being resilient, said stuffing comprising polyester fill;
a first retainer coupled to said perimeter of said first hole, said first retainer being resilient, wherein said first retainer is positioned on said first shell such that said first retainer is positioned for substantially closing said first hole such that said first shell is in frictional contact with said adjacent sheet for promoting separation of said terminal sheet from said plurality of tissues, said first retainer comprising elastic;
a second retainer coupled to said circumference of said second hole, said second retainer being resilient, wherein said second retainer is positioned on said first shell such that said second retainer is positioned for expanding for inserting said second shell into and withdrawing said second shell from said chamber and for contracting for substantially closing said second hole, said panel being coupled to and extending between said first retainer and said second retainer, said second retainer comprising elastic;
a lid configured for selectively coupling to said top of said first shell for covering said first hole and said terminal sheet, said lid being top hat shaped;
a plurality of first couplers coupled to said top of said first shell proximate to said first hole;
a plurality of second couplers coupled to said lid, said second couplers being complementary to said first couplers, wherein said second couplers are positioned on said lid such that each said second coupler is positioned for selectively coupling to a respective said first coupler for coupling said lid to said first shell for covering said first hole and said terminal sheet, each said second coupler and said respective said first coupler comprising a hook and loop fastener, said plurality of first couplers comprising two said first couplers opposingly positioned and proximate to said perimeter of said first hole;
a disk positioned in said interior space and coupled to said top of said first shell, said disk comprising stiffened fabric such that said disk is semi-rigid, said disk comprising stiffened felt;
an orifice centrally positioned through said disk, said orifice being complementary to and aligned with said first hole, wherein said disk is positioned on said first shell such that said disk is positioned for preventing said first shell from being depressed proximate to said first hole; and
wherein said second retainer is positioned on said first shell such that said second retainer is positioned for expanding for inserting said second shell through said second hole into said chamber and for contracting for substantially closing said second hole, wherein said plurality of tissues is positioned in said second shell such that said terminal sheet of said plurality of tissues is configured for positioning through said first hole such that said terminal sheet is configured for grasping in the hand of the user for extracting said terminal sheet from said internal space concurrent with positioning of said adjacent sheet through said first hole, wherein said first retainer is positioned on said first shell such that said first retainer is positioned for substantially closing said first hole such that said first shell is in frictional contact with said adjacent sheet for promoting separation of said terminal sheet from said plurality of tissues, wherein said second couplers are positioned on said lid such that each said second coupler is positioned for selectively coupling to said respective said first coupler for coupling said lid to said first shell for covering said first hole and said terminal sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,334,998

FLEXIBLE CONTAINER AND REUSABLE CLOSURE ELEMENT

1. An assembly for providing a choice of closing systems, said assembly comprising:(a) at least one flexible container which comprises:
(i) a pouch formed from a flexible sheet material, said pouch having one or more walls that define and enclose an interior space;
(ii) a dispensing opening in at least one of the walls of said pouch, through which the interior space is accessible, said dispensing opening being delimited by a border;
(iii) a sealing area substantially surrounding said dispensing opening, the sealing area including a non-permanent adhesive material;
(iv) a releasable flexible sealing member for sealing said dispensing opening, the releasable flexible sealing member covering the dispensing opening and being releasably attached to the sealing area by the non-permanent adhesive material;
(v) a plurality of separable sheets present in said interior space;
(b) a rigid closure element comprising:
(i) a base having a top surface and a bottom surface, an outer rim and an inner rim;
(ii) a dispensing aperture defined by the inner rim of the base; and
(iii) a lid for sealing the dispensing aperture;
wherein the sealing area, the releasable flexible sealing member and the base of the closure element are configured such that the releasable flexible sealing member covers the sealing area prior to removal of the releasable flexible sealing member from the container; removal of the releasable flexible sealing member from the container exposes the sealing area and the non-permanent adhesive material thereof, and the base of the closure element may be adhered to the container via the non-permanent adhesive, to substantially cover the sealing area upon appropriate superimposition thereover, following removal of the releasable flexible sealing member from the container;
wherein the sealing area is delimited by an outer perimeter line and an inner perimeter line, wherein the outer perimeter line is spaced from the outer rim of the base by a distance of between 0 and 10 mm when the closure element is superimposed on the sealing area;
wherein the closure element comprises an outer perimeter line;
wherein the outer perimeter line of the sealing area forms generally the same shape as the outer perimeter line of the closure element;
wherein the inner perimeter line of the sealing area is spaced from the inner rim of the base by a distance of between 0 and 10 mm when the closure element is superimposed on the sealing area;
wherein the non-permanent adhesive material is uniformly applied in the sealing area;
wherein the inner perimeter line of the sealing area is spaced from the border of the dispensing opening by a distance of between 0.4 mm and 4 mm;
wherein the releasable flexible sealing member is part of the flexible sheet material forming said pouch; and
wherein the non-permanent adhesive material is a colored adhesive material.

US Pat. No. 10,334,997

TOILET PAPER DISPENSER

HANDY TISSUE, LLC, Liber...

1. A toilet paper dispenser which is rotatable for storage behind the toilet seat when not in use, the dispenser comprising:a) a proximal horizontal segment for mounting to a toilet bowl fixture via a mounting bolt of a toilet seat, the proximal horizontal segment including a bolt hole for receiving the mounting bolt, the bolt hole comprising:
i) an upper ledge;
ii) a lower ledge;
iii) an upper transverse wall;
iv) a lower transverse wall;
v) an upper straight wall; and
vi) a lower straight wall, wherein the upper transverse wall and the lower transverse wall form a transverse cylinder centered about an axis A of the bolt hole, wherein the upper straight wall and the lower straight wall do not engage the screw threads of the mounting bolt and form a straight cylinder centered about an axis B of the bolt hole when the mounting bolt is aligned with axis B, wherein each ledge engages the screw threads of the mounting bolt when the mounting bolt is aligned with axis B, and wherein the bolt hole allows the dispenser to be installed and secured in place on the mounting bolt without the need of a retaining nut;
b) a descending segment; and
c) a distal horizontal segment for receiving a roll of toilet paper, wherein the proximal horizontal segment, the descending segment, and the distal horizontal segment are made of a single piece construction.

US Pat. No. 10,334,996

PAPER DISPENSER AND RELATED METHODS

1. An apparatus for dispensing paper product from a roll of paper, comprising:an encasement configured to enclose the roll of paper, said encasement having a base at a longitudinal end thereof for supporting the roll of paper therein, said base including a base opening for the paper to be inserted there through, an inner surface configured to contact the roll of paper, and an opposite outer surface; and
a dispensing portion adjacent said outer surface of said base and releasably coupled to said encasement, coupling between said dispensing portion and said encasement being free of fasteners, wherein:
said dispensing portion includes a rotatable dispensing element having a dispensing orifice for dispensing paper from within the encasement to the exterior, and
said dispensing portion has a housing first opening adjacent and in flow communication with said base opening and in flow communication with said dispensing orifice for receiving the paper there through.

US Pat. No. 10,334,995

DECORATIVE COVER FOR A PAPER TOWEL ROLL AND HOLDER

1. A domestic article comprising:a cylinder, a top cap, and a slot;
wherein the cylinder attaches to the top cap;
wherein the top cap is a disk that encloses the superior base of the cylinder;
wherein the slot is an aperture formed in the vertical face of cylinder;
wherein the cylinder is defined with a vertical face, a superior base, and an inferior base;
wherein the domestic article is configured for use with a paper towel roll;
wherein the paper towel is further defined with a free end;
wherein the domestic article is configured for use with a paper towel holder;
wherein a paper towel roll is placed within the cylinder;
wherein a free end of the paper towel roll is threaded through the slot;
wherein the cylinder is a hollow cylindrical structure;
wherein the cylinder is an invertible structure;
wherein the cylinder comprises a first composite textile;
wherein the first composite textile is a textile structure that forms the vertical face of the cylinder;
wherein the cylinder is further defined with a vertical face, a superior base, and an inferior base;
wherein the vertical face is the face of the cylinder;
wherein the superior base is the base of the cylinder that is in the superior position;
wherein the inferior base is the base of the cylinder that is distal from the superior base.

US Pat. No. 10,334,994

BODY SCRUBBER HOLDING APPARATUS

Reach Your Clean, LLC, P...

1. A holder apparatus comprising:a proximal end opposite a distal end, with a handle disposed at the proximal end and a holder portion disposed at the distal end, with a body portion disposed between the proximal and distal ends, the body portion coupled to each of the handle and the holder portion;
the body portion being flexible, such that the body portion is capable of bending when experiencing a strain force, and return to its original orientation when no longer experiencing the strain force;
the holder portion including a frame having:
a top surface, a bottom surface, and a side wall connecting the top surface with the bottom surface, the top surface, bottom surface, and side wall defining a holding aperture;
a lip disposed on the bottom surface and extending radially from the side wall of the frame, such that the bottom surface includes a diameter less than a diameter of the top surface;
a plurality of retention pins disposed on the lip and extending transversely therefrom toward the holding aperture, the frame adapted to receive and retain a cleaning implement thereto, with the plurality of retention pins adapted to be at least partially secured within the cleaning implement.

US Pat. No. 10,334,993

SHOWER STALL FLOOR AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION

1. A method for fabricating and installing a shower pan to an existing drain at a shower stall location comprising the steps of:measuring said shower stall location to determine shower stall edge dimensions;
locating an existing drain in relation to said shower stall edge dimensions to determine a drain periphery;
forming a shower pan mold in accordance with said shower stall edge dimensions and said drain periphery;
providing and then placing a plurality of tiles within said shower pan mold to form a shower pan surface;
providing and then pouring a resin/filler into said shower pan mold over said plurality of tiles;
curing said resin/filler;
removing said cured resin/filler and said plurality of tiles from said shower pan mold such that said shower pan surface is uppermost;
placing said shower pan surface with said cured resin/filler, into said shower stall location such that said drain periphery is aligned with said existing drain;
fixing said drain periphery to said existing drain; and,
plumbing said existing drain to said shower pan surface.

US Pat. No. 10,334,992

ROTARY UNIT FOR SELECTIVELY ADDING ADDITIVES TO WATER IN A CONVENTIONAL BATHTUB AUTOMATICALLY

1. A rotary unit for selectively adding additives to water in a bathtub automatically without a bather having to touch the additives or leave the bathtub to get the additives, comprising:a) a plurality of pressurized canisters; and
b) a controller;
wherein said plurality of pressurized canisters are configured in a circular configuration;
wherein said plurality of pressurized canisters are for disposing directly adjacent to, and communicatable with, the bathtub;
wherein each pressurized canister is for containing a different one of the additives; and
wherein the controller is in communication with said plurality of pressurized canisters, and as such, said controller is utilized for choosing one of the additives to add to the water in the bathtub automatically.

US Pat. No. 10,334,991

COMBINATION CUTTING AND STRAINING APPARATUS

1. A combination cutting and straining apparatus, comprising:a cutting board having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite said top surface and having a planar configuration, said cutting board having first and second side edges;
wherein said bottom surface of said cutting board defines first and second grooves that are proximate and extending parallel to said first and second side edges, respectively;
a strainer basket having a bottom wall that is impermeable and a plurality of walls extending upwardly from peripheral edges of said bottom wall, respectively, for defining an interior straining area, each wall of said plurality of walls being permeable and defining a plurality of holes operable for water to pass through;
wherein said plurality of walls includes first and second side walls having first and second upper edges, respectively, that are selectively received in said first and second grooves, respectively, and operable for slidable movement of said cutting board atop said strainer basket.

US Pat. No. 10,334,990

CUTTING BOARD WITH REMOVABLE DRIP PAN SYSTEM

1. A system, comprising:a cutting board that includes:
a top surface, a bottom surface, a front edge, a back edge, and a pair of opposing sides, one or more channels disposed along the top surface, wherein a bottom surface of the one or more channels is positioned below the top surface of the cutting board,
at least one aperture that extends from the top surface to the bottom surface, and
a pair of guides that are disposed along the bottom surface of the cutting board at a location adjacent to the pair of opposing sides;
a ledge that is positioned on the bottom surface of the cutting board and extending along an entirety of the back edge between the pair of opposing sides;
a spacer that is secured along a central portion of the ledge; and
a waterproof drip pan having a bottom surface, a raised outer wall, and a pair of edges, wherein the pair of guides are configured to engage the pair of edges to position the drip pan beneath the bottom surface of the cutting board and each of the at least one aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,334,989

DEVICE FOR CHOPPING, TURNING, AND SERVING GROUND MEAT

1. A device for separating and maintaining separation of ground meat while the meat is being cooked on a heated cooking surface, the device comprising: an elongated handle having first and second ends defining a length dimension and a length of the handle, with the length configured to reduce likelihood of grease from the heated cooking surface from splattering onto the hand of a user holding the handle; a spatula head attached to or extending from the second end of the handle, the spatula head having opposing top and bottom major surfaces bounded by a peripheral edge having first and second edge regions that are generally parallel to the length dimension of the handle and that are spaced apart to define a width of the spatula head in a dimension transverse to the length dimension; a fin blade extending upward from a portion of the top major surface of the spatula head that is intermediate the first and second edge regions; and wherein the fin blade has a height measured from the top major surface that is less than the width of the spatula head and the bottom major surface is configured to enable sliding a portion of the spatula head between the heated cooking surface and cooked or cooking ground meat, thereby enabling lifting, serving, or turning over a portion of the ground meat being cooked.

US Pat. No. 10,334,988

FOOD PORTIONING SYSTEM

The Nutrition Group, Inc....

1. A food portioning system comprising:(a) a support comprising a plurality of rails defining an opening configured to receive a container; and
(b) a bracket coupled with the support, wherein the bracket comprises a pair of rods extending upwardly from the support and a scrape bar positioned above the opening, wherein the pair of rods couple the scrape bar with the support, wherein the pair of rods are coupled with the support such that the position of the plurality of rails of the support are fixed relative to each other, wherein the scrape bar is configured to portion food within a serving implement;
wherein the pair of rods comprises a first pair of openings aligned through a first lateral axis between the pair of rods and a second pair of openings aligned through a second lateral axis between the pair of rods, wherein the first lateral axis is positioned above the second lateral axis, and
wherein the scrape bar is selectively insertable within the first pair of openings and the second pair of openings such that a height of the scrape bar is adjustable relative to the support.

US Pat. No. 10,334,987

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A MIXING CONTAINER

1. A disposable mixing system comprising:a lid comprising an opening and configured to hold contents within a container;
a strainer configured to couple with the container and the lid in a position between the container and the lid, wherein the strainer mixes the contents responsive to shaking the container; and
a cap configured to cover the opening of the lid;
wherein at least the lid and the strainer are formed in a unified piece wherein the strainer is configured to snap onto a perimeter of the container;
wherein the strainer is coupled to the lid via a first unifying projection and/or the cap is coupled to the lid and/or the strainer via a second unifying projection, the first and/or the second unifying projection comprising notches.

US Pat. No. 10,334,986

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MAKING NUT BUTTER AND NUT MILK

ETERNAL EAST (HK) LTD., ...

1. A device for producing nut butter and/or nut milk from nuts, comprising:a base having a motor configured to drive a shaft;
an outer container positioned above the base;
a mixing container positioned within the outer container, the mixing container comprising inner sidewalls, a bottom surface, and at least one screen arranged in the inner sidewalls, the inner sidewalls being substantially vertical, the at least one screen having a plurality of holes sized just large enough to allow nut milk to freely pass through;
a cutting device positioned within the mixing container and mounted on the shaft, the cutting device configured to be driven by the motor during operation, the cutting device comprising a central hub and at least two blades, the at least two blades vertically offset and each having a blade tip, each blade tip positioned a radial distance from the inner sidewalls of the mixing container; and
one or more mixing arms arranged within the mixing container, the one or more mixing arms configured to scrape the inner sidewalls of the mixing container;
wherein the radial distance between the inner sidewalls and each blade tip is between approximately 2.29 and 2.79 mm (0.09 and 0.11 inches);
wherein a bottom blade of the at least two blades is spaced approximately 1.02 to 1.78 mm (0.04 to 0.07 inches) from the bottom surface of the mixing container;
wherein the plurality of holes of the at least one screen are approximately 100 mesh.

US Pat. No. 10,334,985

DISPOSABLE GRILL CLEANING DEVICE

Qloud Products LLC, Orla...

1. A grill cleaning device, comprising:a main body that is constructed from a grease absorbing material and includes a top surface having an outer perimeter, a bottom surface, and a plurality of side walls extending upward along an entirety of the outer perimeter;
a handle that extends upward from a center of the top surface of the main body, said handle being positioned equidistantly between the plurality of side walls;
a first plurality of elongated channels that are disposed along the bottom surface in a first direction; and
a second plurality of elongated channels that are disposed along the bottom surface in a second direction that is not parallel to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,334,984

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MAKING BREAD

iYukti LLC, Broadlands, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a cooking assembly including a first platen and a second platen, the first platen having a first flattening mass and a first heating surface movably coupled to the first flattening mass, the second platen having a second flattening mass and a second heating surface, the first heating surface between the first platen and the second heating surface, the second platen coupled to the first platen such that the first heating surface and the second heating surface define a platen volume within which an ingredient mixture can be disposed; and
an actuator assembly configured to move at least one of the first platen or the second platen to reduce the platen volume to place the cooking assembly in a flattening configuration, the first heating surface and the second heating surface each configured to contact the ingredient mixture when the cooking assembly is in the flattening configuration, the first heating surface in contact with the first flattening mass and the second heating surface in contact with the second flattening mass when the cooking assembly is in the flattening configuration, the actuator assembly configured to rotate at least one of the first platen or the second platen to transition the cooking assembly between a first orientation and a second orientation, the first heating surface below the second heating surface when the cooking assembly is in the first orientation, the second heating surface below the first heating surface when the cooking assembly is in the second orientation,
the actuator assembly configured to move at least one of the first platen or the second platen to increase the platen volume to place the cooking assembly in a cooking configuration when the cooking assembly is in the first orientation, the first heating surface contacting the ingredient mixture to apply heat to the ingredient mixture when the cooking assembly is in the cooking configuration, the first heating surface being spaced apart from the first flattening mass when the cooking assembly is in the cooking configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,334,983

SPIRAL OVEN APPARATUS AND METHOD OF COOKING

Unitherm Food Systems, LL...

1. A method of providing a uniform flow rate and temperature of cooking medium between an upper and a lower end of a cooking chamber of a spiral oven containing a spiral conveyor and a uniform cooking rate across an entire width of the spiral conveyor when cooking food by vertically oriented impingement of the cooking medium on the food being conveyed on the spiral conveyor within the cooking chamber of the spiral oven, the method comprising:discharging, from a first plurality of spaced-apart discharge openings located along a first lateral conduit that extends into a first vertical gap defined by two adjacent flutes of the spiral conveyor and extends between a first inner and a first outer edge of the spiral conveyor, a first cooking medium, one discharge opening of the first plurality of discharge openings being located at the first inner edge and another discharge opening of the first plurality being located at the first outer edge;
discharging, from a second plurality of spaced-apart discharge openings located along a second lateral conduit that extends into a second vertical gap defined by another two adjacent flutes of the spiral conveyor and extends between a second inner and a second outer edge of the spiral conveyor, a second cooking medium, one discharge opening of the second plurality of discharge openings being located at the second inner edge and another discharge opening of the second plurality being located at the second outer edge,
wherein the second lateral conduit is independent of the first lateral conduit and is at a vertical elevation toward a lower end of the cooking chamber and different rotational position than the first lateral conduit relative to a central axis of rotation of the spiral conveyor, the first lateral conduit being at a vertical elevation toward an upper end of the cooking chamber;
wherein a size, horizontal spacing, or size and horizontal spacing of the first plurality of discharge openings along the first lateral conduit differ from a size, horizontal spacing, or size and horizontal spacing of the second plurality of discharge openings along the second lateral conduit, the size of the second plurality of discharge openings being larger than the size of the first plurality of discharge openings, the horizontal spacing of the second plurality of discharge openings being smaller than the horizontal spacing of the first plurality of discharge openings.

US Pat. No. 10,334,982

BEVERAGE BREWER FOR VARIABLE SIZED DISPENSERS

FOOD EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGI...

1. In a beverage brewer assembly having a housing, a brewed beverage container, a source of hot water for mixing with a beverage ingredient, the improvement being a brewer control system, comprising:a brew basket for holding beverage ingredient while being mixed with hot brew water, said brew basket having
an open top,
a generally central axis, and
a bottom with an offset drain hole that is radially, outwardly spaced from the generally central axis for passing the hot beverage concentrate to the container;
means for mounting the brew basket to the housing in at least two different angular positions in which the drain hole is respectively located in at least two different radial positions outwardly spaced from the generally central axis to pass freshly brewed beverage to the beverage container when in two different positions, respectively;
means for sensing in which one of the at least two different angular positions is the brew basket; and
means responsive to the brew basket position sensing to automatically enable at least one preselected function associated with the one position sensed.

US Pat. No. 10,334,981

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PREPARING BEVERAGES

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A beverage preparation device comprising:a module for dividing raw material(s) of the beverage into said several ingredients;
a plurality of storage chambers for storing several ingredients, respectively, each of said several ingredients having a different taste property;
a user interface for receiving data representing a user's preferred taste;
a taste management unit comprising:
a memory for storing a reference table which describes the taste property of each ingredient, and
a processor for determining the dosage of each ingredient to be used according to said reference table and the user's preferred taste;
a generator for generating a beverage from at least one of said several ingredients according to said determined dosage; and
wherein at least one of:
said module for dividing raw material(s) comprises a cutter for cutting a single raw material into said several ingredients, and
said module for dividing raw material(s) comprises at least one taste sensor by means of which the raw material(s) of the beverage are accurately divided into said several different ingredients.

US Pat. No. 10,334,980

MOBILE BEVERAGE DISPENSING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR PREPARING A BEVERAGE

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. A mobile beverage dispensing machine, comprising:a liquid tank having an insulated tank body for receiving and storing a liquid used for preparing a beverage;
a beverage preparation unit for preparing a beverage using the liquid and dispensing the prepared beverage;
a fluid circuit for delivering the liquid from the tank to the beverage preparation unit, wherein the fluid circuit comprises:
a first fluid path fluidly connecting the tank with the beverage preparation unit;
a second fluid path fluidly connecting the tank with ambient air at a certain overpressure above atmospheric pressure in the tank;
an air pump; and
at least one control unit configured for actuating the air pump to fill air inside the tank; and
wherein the first fluid path and the second fluid path are connected with a third fluid path;
heating means for heating the liquid in the tank;
at least one main power supply connector connectable to an external power source and at least one mobile power source;
at least one control unit configured to:
control and operate at least part of the heating means by external power to heat up the liquid in the tank when the machine is supplied in electrical power by the main power supply connector connected to an external power source; and
control and operate at least part of the heating means by power of the mobile power source to keep heating liquid in the tank when the machine is no longer supplied in electrical power from the at least one main power supply connector; and
a first control valve activated by the control unit to fluidly connect the air pump to a first portion of the first fluid path.

US Pat. No. 10,334,979

EASY ASSEMBLY CENTRIFUGAL JUICER

SPECTRUM BRANDS, INC., M...

1. A centrifugal juicer, comprising:a top section having a juice spout and a pulp spout, wherein the top section defines an opening for a cavity of the top section, the opening proximate to a bottom of the top section, wherein the top section includes a first mating surface and a second mating surface that are each positioned within the cavity, wherein the second mating surface is positioned below the first mating surface such that the second mating surface is closer to the opening than the first mating surface;
a strainer section having a strainer and a projection, the projection structured to mate with the first mating surface to couple the strainer section to the top section; and
a motor housing structured to house a motor, wherein the second mating surface engages with the motor housing to couple the top section to the motor housing.

US Pat. No. 10,334,978

CUTTING TOOL WITH CURVED BLADE

1. A cutting tool, comprising:a handle having a first end and a second end, said handle is generally cylindrical with a grip disposed along one surface to improve the grasp upon the cutting tool, the grip is comprised of a series of depressions, with intermittent rises, into which fingers are disposed to that improved grasp;
a blade projecting outward from said handle second end, said blade having an inner face and an outer face, a proximate end and a distal end, a first edge and a second edge, and an arcuate cross-section, a proximal end of the handle is provided with a hemispherical butt to obviate any discomfort associated with clutching the cutting tool, especially when thrusting the distal edge of the blade; and
a guard located on said handle second end adjacent to said blade, wherein said second edge further comprises a series of serrations which extend from said guard to said distal end, an outside diameter of the handle is larger than the width of the blade in order to provide the guard at the distal end of the handle, the guard is flared to a larger diameter than the remainder of the handle in order to prevent slippage of a hand toward the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,334,976

COMMUNION TRAY HAVING CORNER CUP DISPOSAL OPENINGS

14. A liquid distribution communion tray assembly comprising:a tray bottom having a floor and an upwardly-extending perimetric wall and a perimetric edge atop the perimetric wall; and
a generally rectangular tray cover that covers the perimetric edge, said tray cover having a plurality of cup-retaining apertures for receiving a plurality of liquid filled miniature drinking cups, said cup-retaining apertures sized so that a miniature drinking cup cannot pass through any one of them, an empty cup disposal opening at each corner of the tray cover through which empty drinking cups can be dropped into a cup-disposal space defined by inner surfaces of the tray bottom and a lower surface of the tray cover.

US Pat. No. 10,334,975

RACK SYSTEM FOR STORAGE AND ACCESS OF RE-SEALABLE BAGS

1. A device for hanging a storage bag having a re-sealable mechanical seal, the device comprising:a) a clip having a generally elongate shape further comprising:
1) a first clip arm having a first end and a second end; and,
2) a second clip arm having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first clip arm and the first end of the second arm are flexibly connected via a living hinge configured for an open position and a closed position, wherein proximate the second end of either the first clip arm or the second clip arm, a clip arm ridge is positioned and wherein a storage bag having a re-sealable mechanical seal is positioned between the first and second clip arms, with the clip arms positioned proximate to and under the mechanical re-sealable seal in the open position and the storage bag then enclosed by the clip in the closed position;
b) a rack further comprising:
1) a center portion having a body with a first end and a second end with an exterior defined by a pair of opposing parallel walls, a lower interior of the center portion defined by a pair of parallel inner opposing rails therein and an upper interior of the center portion open;
2) a pair of retainer portions, each of the retainer portions having a body with a first end, a second end and a top surface, the first end formed as a wall with an inner opening therein, the wall connected to the center portion first end and forming the center portion's first end, the top surface connected to the wall and extending from the first end to the second end of the retainer portion wherein a pair of legs define an opening with a rail interiorly positioned at an end of the legs, the pair of legs defining a pair of outer opposing rails aligned with the inner opposing rails of the center portion, the opening between the pair of legs aligning with the open center portion wherein one retainer portion of the pair of retainer portions is positioned at each end of the center portion, and wherein at least one locking rail gap is positioned in at least one of either the outer opposing rails of the first or second retainer portions or the inner opposing rails of the center portion of the rack, the at least one locking rail gap configured to engage with the at least clip arm ridge; and,
c) wherein the storage bag engaged in the clip in the closed position is positioned for slideable entry into the rack for storage and slideable exit for use, via the first retainer portion outer opposing rails, the opposing rails of the center portion and the second retainer outer opposing rails during use of the rack with the storage bag.

US Pat. No. 10,334,974

PERIMETER TRACK TOY

1. A moveable component for a track system, comprising:a carrier; and
a pair of rollers coupled to one another by the carrier, wherein the rollers each include at least one rolling surface configured to engage opposing sides of a track, wherein the carrier has at least one flat surface, at least one curved surface, and at least one slotted surface for carrying an object.

US Pat. No. 10,334,973

ADJUSTABLE AND MOUNTABLE GALLERY DEVICE

ABK INNOVATIONS LLC, Gal...

1. A gallery apparatus, comprising:a pair of main supports extending in a first direction with respect to a surface, each main support having a main support cord terminated by first and second main support terminal ends that respectively couple to surface attachments associated with the surface so as to mount the pair of main supports to the surface; and
at least one item support extending in a second direction with respect to the surface and between the pair of main supports, the at least one item support having opposed ends respectively having item support terminal ends for coupling the at least one item support to the pair of main supports,
wherein the second direction is transverse to the first direction,
wherein the at least one item support is configured to provide an attachment point to support an item for display, and
wherein each item support terminal end of the at least one item support comprises:
a cord stop having an aperture;
a button having an opening and coupled to a spring, wherein compression of the spring via application of a force on the button aligns the aperture and the opening so as to enable the main support cord of one of the pair of main supports to pass through;
a neck portion defining a channel configured to receive a terminal end of an item support cord forming the item support; and
a sleeve configured to slide over the neck portion and secure the terminal end of the item support cord within the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,334,972

MODULAR POSTER PRINT STRETCH FRAME

1. A modular poster print stretch frame, comprising:a plurality of side sections;
a plurality of corner sections;
a plurality of connectors; and
a plurality of retaining structures disposed on the plurality of side sections,
wherein the plurality of side sections and the plurality of corner sections form a closed loop, and the plurality of side sections and the plurality of corner sections are connected via the plurality of connectors, and
wherein a fabric sheet is retained by the plurality of retaining structures; and
wherein the plurality of retaining structures comprise in part a plurality of lips disposed on the plurality of side sections, each lip being disposed apart from other retaining structures in the plurality of retaining structures and along an edge of the side section, wherein each lip is configured to be taller than the other retaining structures and wherein the fabric sheet is retained by stretching around the plurality of lips to couple to the other retaining structures.

US Pat. No. 10,334,971

ULTRAVIOLET SHADOW BOX

FINESSE DIAMOND CORP., N...

1. A box for displaying items, at least one of which is an ultraviolet-reactive item, the box being sized for insertion into a showcase, and the box comprising:a box structure for containing the items to be displayed, the structure including at least one shadowing surface, and at least one open or glazed surface;
lighting wired with the box structure and obscured by the at least one shadowing surface, the lighting including:
at least one compact ultraviolet LED assembly mounted on the extrusion, within which is disposed an LED circuit and a 365 nm ultraviolet LED diode disposed on the LED circuit, and
a controller for controlling the lighting; and
means for directing the position or orientation of the lighting so that the ultraviolet LED stimulates visible fluorescence in the ultraviolet-reactive item, while areas in the box are subject to ambient or showcase white light penetrating into the box structure through the at least one open or glazed surface; and areas in the box are subject to shadowing from the at least one shadowing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,334,970

ADAPTIVE MERCHANDISING PLATFORM (AMP) MOUNTING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF INSTALLING THEREOF

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. A mounting system, comprising:at least one first crossbar with a first end cavity and a second end cavity;
a first support bracket insertable into the first end cavity of the first crossbar, the first support bracket including a first engaging structure;
a second support bracket insertable into the second end cavity of the first crossbar, the second support bracket including a second engaging structure, the first and second engaging structures configured to attach to respective first and second columns of a consumer product display;
more than one vertical upright connectable to the at least one first crossbar, the more than one vertical upright including a third engaging structure; and
at least one second crossbar, the at least one second crossbar connectable to the more than one vertical upright using a fourth engaging structure, each of the more than one vertical uprights including a first end and a second end that is respectively connectable to the at least one first crossbar and the at least one second crossbar, and
wherein each of the support brackets includes,
a major body with a first surface and a second surface,
a horizontal shaft extending from the first surface of the major body, the horizontal shaft being insertable into the respective first and second end cavities of the first crossbar,
the respective first and second engaging structures extending from the major body,
the major body of each of the support brackets having a triangular shape, the first and second engaging structures extending from the second surface of the major body, the first and second surfaces of the major body being opposing surfaces, the first and second engaging structures respectively including a first plurality of teeth and a second plurality of teeth, the first plurality of teeth having an identical configuration as compared to the second plurality of teeth, each of the first and second plurality of teeth including a series of top teeth, each of the top teeth having a vertical projection on a distal end of a horizontal projection, and
wherein a distance between points-of-contact of each of the first and second engaging structures is about equal, the distance being one of about 0.72 inches, 0.86 inches, 0.92 inches, 1.0 inches and 1.25 inches, the points-of-contact of each of the first and second engaging structures being lower surfaces of the first and second engaging structures that would directly contact bottom surfaces of front slots of the respective first and second columns of the consumer product display once the mounting system is connected to the consumer product display.

US Pat. No. 10,334,969

MODULAR DISPLAY

Art Guild, Inc., West De...

1. A modular display unit comprising:at least two structural supports;
at least one separator that is positioned between and connected to the at least two structural supports; and
at least two product holders, each product holder has a forward wall, a rear wall, and a plurality of product holding slots;
the plurality of product holding slots are supported on a bulbous base that extends between the forward wall and the rear wall, and supports a dependent side wall; and,
the base and dependent side wall of the at least two product holders cooperate to define respective receiving areas that each receive a portion of a respective one of the at least two structural supports,
whereby a product is displayed in a product holding location defined by opposed slots in the at least two product holders.

US Pat. No. 10,334,968

BRACKET ASSEMBLIES FOR SIGNAGE SYSTEMS AND MERCHANDISING DISPLAY SYSTEMS

T.M. Shea Products, Inc.,...

1. A bracket assembly for suspending a merchandising display panel, the bracket assembly comprising:a generally L-shaped bracket having a first arm and a second arm, the first arm defining a planar base element;
first and second securing elements including first and second suction cups, respectively, and first and second attachment portions, respectively, the first and second attachment portions passing through first and second holes, respectively, of the planar base element; and
a planar mounting element defined by the second arm and carried by the base element, the planar mounting element engaging a planar merchandising display panel, the planar merchandising display panel perpendicular to the mounting element,
wherein the first and second attachment portions extend parallel to the planar merchandising display panel, and
wherein the planar merchandising display panel is flush against the second arm.

US Pat. No. 10,334,967

MERCHANDISER AND METHODS RELATING TO SAME

Retail Space Solutions LL...

1. A product display merchandiser comprising:a support member;
an intermediate member movably attached to the support member, the intermediate member being movable between at least a retracted position and an extended position; and
a product support slidably attached to the intermediate member and movable between at least a retracted display position and an extended stocking position;
wherein the intermediate member has a front portion, a rear portion and a longitudinal axis extending between the front portion and the rear portion, and the product support is slidable along the longitudinal axis or an axis parallel to the longitudinal axis so that the product support extends out relative to the front portion of the intermediate member beyond a generally vertical plane containing the front portion of the intermediate member when the product support is in the extended stocking position.

US Pat. No. 10,334,966

INTERLOCKING PANELS, MODULES WITH INTERLOCKING PANELS, AND A MODULAR DISPLAY CASE WITH INTERLOCKING MODULES WITH INTERLOCKING PANELS

1. A method for removably connecting interlocking panels together, comprising:providing a first panel member having a ball key tab, the ball key tab including a ball key retaining aperture defined in the ball key tab;
inserting a ball key in the ball key retaining aperture;
providing a second panel member including a generally rectangular ball key tab connecting port for removably receiving the ball key tab and the ball key; and
removably interconnecting the first panel and the second panel by inserting the ball key tab and the ball key into the generally rectangular ball key tab connecting port.

US Pat. No. 10,334,965

MONITORING DEVICE, MONITORING SYSTEM, AND MONITORING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A monitoring device comprising:a processor that:
sets an area of a part of a display shelf to be monitored as a fixed area, based on a captured image of the display shelf in a store, the fixed area being an area whose image is not to be changed over time;
stores the fixed area in the monitoring device;
determines a similarity between an image of the stored fixed area and an image at the same position as the fixed area in a captured image of the store;
detects that a position of the display shelf is changed in the captured image of the store, when it is determined that there is no similarity between the image of the fixed area and the image at the same position as the fixed area in the capture image of the store; and
notifies a user that the display shelf to be monitored is not detected, when it is detected that the position of the display shelf is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,334,964

HOLDER ASSEMBLY

INVENTORY SYSTEMS GMBH, ...

1. A holder assembly for hanging goods to be displayed at a point of sale, comprising:at least one elongated holding member at which goods are to be hanged and to be arranged in a row of goods one behind the other so that the hanging goods may be slid along the at least one elongated holding member to a removal position at an end of the at least one elongated holding member where a good may be removed from the at least one elongated holding member; and
a carrier to which the at least one elongated holding member is mounted and at which an electronic detection element is provided,
wherein the at least one elongated holding member is displaceable between a first position and a second position with a motion component in the vertical direction,
wherein the at least one elongated holding member is configured to be displaced from the first position to the second position in order to allow a removal of at least one foremost good of a row of hanging goods arranged at the at least one elongated holding member from the at least one elongated holding member so that the at least one elongated holding member is displaced from the first position to the second position every time one good is removed from the at least one elongated holding member, and
wherein the electronic detection element is configured to detect a displacement of the at least one elongated holding member from the first position to the second position for emitting at least one signal every time one good is removed from the at least one elongated holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,334,963

HUMAN CARRYING OR TRANSPORTING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE

1. An improved method for carrying a person utilizing a carrying device comprising the steps of:obtaining a carrying device comprising;
a first and second material unit that are joined together only about a first side via an adhesion material wherein said adhesion material can disjoin allowing materials to pass between said first and second materials;
two straps disposed on said first material opposite said adhesion material; and
two straps disposed on said second material opposite said adhesion material;
placing a person on said first and second material units; and
lifting said person by pulling on said two straps disposed on said first material opposite said adhesion material; and two straps disposed on said second material opposite said adhesion material.

US Pat. No. 10,334,962

WEARABLE PORTABLE BABY CHANGING TABLE

1. A portable diaper changing apparatus, comprising:a rectangular platform assembly having a first end opposite a second end and two sides;
one respective hinge from a group of four corner hinges located in each of four corners of said platform assembly, each said hinge having a first hinge component rotationally engaged to a second hinge component;
a first primary member having opposing ends thereon, one each of said opposing ends thereof in a respective connection to a respective said first hinge component of each of two opposing said hinges located at said corners at said first end of said platform, and a second primary member having opposing ends thereof, one each of said opposing ends of said second primary member connected to a respective said first hinge component located at said second end of said platform assembly;
secondary hinges positioned in opposing positions substantially centered on both of said two sides of said platform assembly, each secondary hinge having a first hinge component rotationally engaged to a second hinge component;
four secondary members a first of said two sided formed by a first pair of said four secondary members connected at respective first ends thereof to a respective said first hinge component of a said secondary hinge, and connected at respective second ends thereof with a respective said second hinge component of a said hinge located at a said corner located at said first end of said platform, and, a second of said two sides formed by a second pair of said four secondary members connected at respective first ends thereof to a respective said second hinge component of a respective secondary hinge and connected at respective second ends thereof to a respective second hinge component of a said hinge located at a respective corner at said second end of said platform assembly;
a flexible fabric bed engaged on a first side of said platform assembly;
said platform assembly having a deployed position with all of said first and second primary members and said four secondary members positioned in the same plane and holding said fabric bed taught wherein a top surface of said fabric bed is adapted for positioning of an infant thereon and said platform is adapted for hanging support on a user with said first primary member in a contact against said user; and
said corner hinges and said secondary hinges rotatable to position said platform assembly to a collapsed position with all of said first and second primary members and said four secondary members adjacent and running substantially parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,334,961

PORTABLE DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRICAL ADJUSTABLE APPARATUS

TIMOTION TECHNOLOGY CO., ...

1. A portable device for controlling an external electrical adjustable apparatus, comprising:a case;
a signal transmitter installed in the case and connected to the electrical adjustable apparatus;
a tilt sensor sensing a tilted angle and sensing a raising/lowering-controlling operation of moving or rotating the portable device;
a memory storing a threshold angle; and
a processor installed in the case and electrically connected to the signal transmitter, the tilt sensor and the memory, the processor being configured to generate a raising/lowering-controlling signal according to the raising/lowering-controlling operation, and transmitting the raising/lowering-controlling signal by the signal transmitter to the external electrical adjustable apparatus for making the external electrical adjustable apparatus raise/lower according to the raising/lowering-controlling signal, the processor being configured to determine that a carrying structure of the electrical adjustable apparatus has collision when receiving any raising/lowering-controlling signal used to control the electrical adjustable apparatus and the tilted angle is not less than the threshold angle, and sending a stopping signal to the electrical adjustable apparatus via the signal transmitter for making the electrical adjustable apparatus stop raising/lowering the carrying structure.

US Pat. No. 10,334,960

DROP-IN OCCUPANCY DETECTION COMPONENT FOR FURNITURE

1. An occupancy detection system comprising:a frame;
a control component associated with an automated furniture item, the automated furniture item including a cavity corresponding to the frame, the control component comprising a receiving component and a determining component; and
a detection array component adapted to be coupled to the automated furniture item, the detection array component comprising:
(1) one or more sinuous wires coupled to the frame, and
(2) one or more bridging components coupled to the one or more sinuous wires along the frame and the control component, wherein the one or more bridging components are configured to generate a capacitive array associated with the one or more sinuous wires, said capacitive array configured to monitor a change in capacitance with respect to the detection array component.

US Pat. No. 10,334,959

AIR MATTRESS HAVING INFLATING AND DEFLATING FUNCTIONS

PARAMOUNT BED CO., LTD., ...

1. A control method for an air mattress having inflating and deflating functions, the air mattress comprising:a plurality of air cells, the air cells being arranged in parallel in a bed longitudinal direction;
a pump configured to perform air supply and air discharge for each of the air cells; and,
control circuit configured to control air pressure inside the air cells by the pump,whereinthe control method comprising the steps of:setting an output of the pump at a first output equal to or lower than a maximum output when the pump inflates the air cells from a state in which the air cells are pressureless to a normal use state; and
setting a maximum power of the pump when the air cells are selectively and alternately inflated and deflated at a second output lower than the first output.

US Pat. No. 10,334,958

GLUELESS POCKETED SPRING ASSEMBLY WITH IMPROVED AIRFLOW

1. A bedding or seating product comprising:a pocketed spring assembly comprising first and second sheets of fabric and rows of springs between the first and second sheets of fabric, the first and second sheets of fabric being joined by longitudinal seams to separate adjacent rows of springs into strands, longitudinal seams separating each row of springs from an adjacent row of springs, a plurality of pockets formed along each strand of springs by aligned first and second linear separating seams, each of the first linear separating seams joining said first sheet to itself and extending downwardly from an ear between adjacent pockets and terminating at a first end, each of the second linear separating seams joining the second sheet to itself and extending upwardly from an ear between adjacent pockets and terminating at a second end and at least one spring positioned in each said pocket, a distance between the first and second ends of aligned first and second separating seams defining a height of a gap having a diamond-shaped configuration allowing air to flow through pockets, the gap having a width between longitudinal seams on opposite sides of a strand;
cushioning materials; and
a covering encasing said pocketed spring assembly and cushioning materials.

US Pat. No. 10,334,957

MATTRESS ARRANGEMENT, SUCH AS A BED, HAVING ZONES WITH ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT/FIRMNESS

STARSPRINGS AB, Herrljun...

1. A mattress arrangement, comprising:an upper mattress;
a lower mattress beneath said upper mattress, the lower mattress having a same width as the upper mattress; and
a support structure beneath the upper mattress, the support structure including at least one flexible elongate element extending between two holding elements at opposite sides of at least one variable zone in said mattress arrangement,
wherein said holding elements are between the lower mattress and the upper mattress;
wherein the upper mattress is a pocket spring mattress including coil springs in separate pockets of a cover material, the cover material enclosing the upper mattress, and further includes a retraction device configured to control a slack of said flexible elongate element(s) by controlling a length of the flexible elongate element(s) between said holding elements, thereby controlling a height and/or firmness of the mattress arrangement in said variable zone(s); and
wherein the retraction device is configured to retract the flexible elongate element(s) by at least one of rolling up the flexible elongate element(s) around an axle, pulling an end of the flexible elongate element(s), and pushing an end of the flexible elongate element(s).

US Pat. No. 10,334,956

ONE-PIECE MATTRESS SUSPENSION DEVICE

TOURNADRE SA STANDARD GUM...

1. A one-piece suspension device for interposing between a mattress and a support structure, the device comprising:a platform defining a bearing plane for the mattress;
a fastener point for fastening to the support structure; and
a resilient section that is more resilient than the platform in a direction perpendicular to the bearing plane, being interposed between the platform and the fastener point in the direction perpendicular to the bearing plane in order to absorb compression forces, and including an angled element having a first arm and a second arm, a first elastic hinge at a first end of the first arm, and a second elastic hinge connecting a second end of the first arm to the second arm and forming a bend in such a manner that the first arm presents an angle relative to said bearing plane that is more pronounced than that presented by the second arm, the second elastic hinge being more flexible than the first elastic hinge; and
the one-piece suspension device being shaped in such a manner that any axis perpendicular to said bearing plane and passing through the one-piece suspension device intersects the one-piece suspension device along a single intersection segment.

US Pat. No. 10,334,955

MODULAR MATTRESS FOUNDATION HAVING GENERALLY LADDER-SHAPED SECTIONS

1. A modular mattress foundation comprising: two sides, each side comprising a swaged side section and a standard side section, each of the standard side sections comprising upper and lower generally L-shaped tubes each having open ends and a plurality of spacers extending between the generally L-shaped upper and lower tubes; each of the swaged side sections comprising generally L-shaped upper and lower tubes and a plurality of spacers extending between the generally L-shaped upper and lower tubes of the swaged side section, one end of each of the generally L-shaped upper and lower tubes of the swaged side section being swaged and being retained inside one of the open ends of one of the generally L-shaped tubes of one of the standard side sections; a head end section; a foot end section, each of the end sections comprising a straight upper tube, a straight lower tube and a plurality of spacers, each end of each of the straight upper and lower tubes being swaged, the swaged ends of each of the straight upper and lower tubes fitting inside the open ends of the generally L-shaped tubes of one of the side sections; a middle ladder comprising two middle sections joined together, each of the middle sections comprising a straight upper tube, a straight lower tube and a plurality of spacers, at least one of the straight upper and lower tubes of each middle section having openings extending through the tube; decking members extending through the openings in the middle sections, each of the decking members having end portions located inside the upper generally L-shaped tubes of the side sections.

US Pat. No. 10,334,954

COLLAPSIBLE AND FOLDABLE PORTABLE BENCH

12. Seating means including at least first and second seats for seating first and second individuals, said first and second seats being coupled together side-by-side to enable said first and second seats to be rotated relative to one another, whereby said seating means is movable between an axially extended configuration where said first and second seats are aligned in a straight line and a curved configuration where said first and second seats are aligned along an arc of a circle, said first and second seats being joined to one another by a flexible web by which to permit said seating means to be moved between said axially extended and curved configurations.

US Pat. No. 10,334,953

FURNITURE, LOAD SUPPORT MEMBER FOR CHAIR, AND CHAIR

OKAMURA CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A load support member for a chair which is included in a chair, comprising:a frame member which is a strength member which includes a pair of rod members which is separated from each other in a width direction of the chair and is disposed to be approximately parallel to each other; and
an exterior material which includes a front extension material disposed on a load receiving surface side of the chair and a rear extension material disposed on a side opposite to the load receiving surface which are joined to each other on one end edge in a length direction of the rod member and both end edges in the width direction, the exterior material being formed in a bag shape having an opening portion continuous in the width direction on the other end edge side in the length direction and covering the frame member through the opening portion from one end side in the length direction of the frame member,
wherein a support portion is provided on each of inner surfaces facing each other of the pair of rod members, and
wherein an interior material having a repulsive force with respect to a load in a surface perpendicular direction is bridged between the pair of rod members by being supported by the support portion, the interior material being disposed between the front extension material and the rear extension material,
wherein a spacer surface material is disposed between the front extension material and the interior material, and
wherein a repulsive force of the spacer surface material with respect to the load in the surface perpendicular direction is relatively smaller than the repulsive force of the interior material with respect to the load in the surface perpendicular direction.

US Pat. No. 10,334,952

NO-TOOLS CHAIR HAVING DETACHABLE HEIGHT AND TILT CONTROL PADDLES

LF Products, LLC, Wilmin...

1. A chair comprising a seat to support the weight of a user, a base to bold the seat above the ground, a pair of arms located at opposite sides of the seat, a user actuated controller that is operable by the user of said chair to cause the position of the seat to be adjusted relative to the base, said user actuated controller being removably attached to one of the pair of arms of said chair, wherein the one of said pair of arms of said chair to which said user actuated controller is removably attached has a controller cavity formed therein, said user actuated controller being removably received within said controller cavity, and an arm cover detachably connected to the one of the pair of arms of said chair in which said controller cavity is formed, said arm cover Iying over said controller cavity and covering said user actuated controller removably received therewithin.

US Pat. No. 10,334,951

ADJUSTABLE FURNITURE

DEWERTOKIN GMBH, Kirchle...

1. An article of adjustable furniture, comprising:a floor standing base section;
an adjustable seat section;
an adjustable backrest section;
a headrest section;
a single actuator for moving said backrest and headrest sections;
wherein:
the seat section is movably mounted with respect to the base section;
the backrest being movably mounted with respect to the seat section; and
the headrest is movably mounted with respect to the backrest section, said single actuator effecting co-ordinated and independent movement of the adjustable backrest and headrest sections relative to one another for selectively altering the configuration of said article of furniture.

US Pat. No. 10,334,949

SYSTEM FOR FIXATION OF SHELF ACCESSORIES TO A SHELF

HL Display AB, Nacka Str...

1. System for fixation of shelf accessories to a shelf, the system comprising;an elongate front fixation device (120, 220, 320, 420,) having a longitudinal direction and being arranged to be fixed to a shelf (10), at or adjacent and in parallel with a front edge (11) of said shelf, said front fixation device comprising at least one channel wall (123, 223, 323, 423) defining a longitudinally extending, open engagement channel (124, 224, 324, 424), and
at least one shelf accessory (140, 240, 340, 440, 640) arranged to be supported on an upper surface of the shelf and comprising an engagement member (150, 250, 350, 450, 650) arranged to be brought into engagement with said channel wall, for fixation of the shelf accessory to the front fixation device and the shelf, whereinthe shelf accessory comprises a resilient member (158, 258, 358, 458, 441a, 600) arranged to press the engagement member into an engaged position at which the engagement member is in engagement with the channel wall and to allow the engagement member to be brought to a disengaged position at which the engagement member is disengaged from the channel wall by deformation of the resilient member, the resilient member is arranged to contact the front fixation device both in the engaged position and in the disengaged position of the engagement member.

US Pat. No. 10,334,948

ELECTRIC SHELF

Loctek Inc., Livermore, ...

16. An electric shelf, comprising:at least one column to be installed on a wall;
a slidable component arranged on the column to slide along the column vertically;
at least one layer of shelf board component connected to the slidable component to move simultaneously with the slidable component; and
a linear driving device connected to the slidable component and the colunm to actuate the slidable component to move relative to the column;
wherein the column is an interior tube fixed to the wall, and the slidable component is an exterior tube mounted outside the interior tube;
wherein each shelf board component comprises a frame and a board body, a frame connector is arranged between the frame and the exterior tube, the frame connector encircles the exterior tube near a central section of the frame connector, and the two ends of the frame connector are fixed to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,334,947

SINK SHELF

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A sink shelf assembly comprising:a first shelf member configured to mount underneath a sink and comprising a front surface, a back surface, two side surfaces interconnecting the front and back surfaces, and a recess extending inwardly from the back surface between the two side surfaces; and
a second shelf member removably received in the recess of the first shelf member in a coupled position and removed from the recess in a decoupled position to allow routing of plumbing through the recess without obstruction from the first shelf member;
wherein the second shelf member includes two side surfaces that are detachably coupled to two inner side surfaces of the first shelf member in the coupled position, and wherein the two inner side surfaces define at least part of the recess;
wherein the second shelf member includes a back surface that is flush with the back surface of the first shelf member in the coupled position, and wherein the recess is located substantially centrally between the two side surfaces of the first shelf member;
wherein an outer perimeter of the second shelf member has a shape that complements a shape of the recess of the first shelf member;
wherein the outer perimeter of the second shelf member has a bullet shape having a rounded front surface extending from the two side surfaces of the second shelf member, which are parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,334,946

MOVABLE CABINETS

CABINETICS INNOVATIONS LT...

1. A Highly Hung Vertically Moveable Cabinet (HHVMC), comprising:a cabinet having a bottom and a top essentially parallel thereto;
an electrical motion system including:
a first bracket configured for attachment to a ceiling,
a second bracket configured for attachment to said ceiling independently of said first bracket and
an electric tubular motor for wrapping a curtain attached between the cabinet and said first bracket; said electrical motion system configured to move the cabinet to a predetermined distance of at least 500 mm in a first direction and in a second opposite direction, both first direction and second direction being essentially normal to the bottom and top;
a retractable belt configured to remain attached between the cabinet and said second bracket independently from said tubular motor; said retractable belt passively extending and retracting as said cabinet is lowered and raised respectively;
a brake attached to said retractable belt to stop said extending in response to a sudden increased movement; and
switches coupled to the electrical motion system, to allow selection of movement in the first or second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,334,945

MODULAR RACK FOR PHYTOCHEMICAL EXTRACTION SYSTEM

1. A modular rack, comprising:a first leg having a vertical member attached to a horizontal member;
a second leg having a vertical member attached to a horizontal member; and
a variable width frame comprising one or more frame modules, wherein each frame module is rectilinear in shape, wherein each frame module has a left side and a right side, wherein each frame module is W1 units of distance wide, wherein each side of each frame module is attachable to a side of another one of the frame modules or to a top end of the vertical member of one of the first leg or second leg,
such that the variable width frame is configurable to provide the modular rack with a width of N units of distance by combining the first leg, second leg, and M frame modules, wherein N=M*W1, wherein M is the total number of frame modules in the modular rack, and
wherein each of the frame modules includes an upper mounting device and a lower mounting device that are each configured to removably attach an extraction column to the frame module, wherein each mounting device comprises a hole in the frame module, wherein the extraction column includes a flat plate member having a hole that is configured to be aligned with the frame hole and that is configured to receive a bolt that passes through the member hole and the frame hole, thereby removably coupling the extraction column to the frame module.

US Pat. No. 10,334,944

SHELVING SYSTEMS

1. A shelving system comprising:a frame;
a cross member coupled to the frame;
a guide member coupled to the cross member such that the guide member is movable relative to the cross member; and
a container including a rail coupled to the guide member, the rail including a first locking element and a second locking element that is connected to the first locking element and engages the guide member, the container including a handle comprising a third locking element that engages the first locking element, a portion of the third locking element being fixed to the first locking element, the handle comprising a first portion and a second portion that movably engages the first portion,
wherein moving the second portion relative to the first portion rotates the third locking element to move the locking elements such that the second locking element is spaced apart from the guide member and the container is movable relative to the guide member.

US Pat. No. 10,334,943

TABLE WITH RETRACTABLE POWER CABLES

1. A table for concealing one or more power adapters, each power adapter having a power cord, the table comprising:a frame;
a table top supported by the frame;
a plurality of chambers at least partially concealed by the table top, each chamber being separated from adjacent chambers by side walls;
at least one power outlet disposed within each chamber for receiving at least one of the one or more power adapters; and
at least one strain relief mechanism disposed within each chamber, each strain relief mechanism being configured to prevent a corresponding power cord from being dislodged from the power outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,334,942

SOAP DISPENSING BRUSH

1. A soap dispensing brush, comprising:a handle having a first end, a second end, and an interior volume configured to store liquid cleaner therein;
an end cap removably secured to the second end of the handle;
wherein the end cap comprises at least one exterior air vent in fluid communication with at least one interior opening disposed on the end cap;
wherein at least one flap is hingedly affixed to the end cap, the flap configured to selectively move between a closed position and an open position when the end cap is depressed, wherein the flap covers the interior opening when in the closed position;
a brush head disposed on the first end of the handle, the brush head comprising a first side and a second side, the first side having a plurality of bristles thereon;
a plurality of apertures disposed on the first side of the brush;
a push rod having a first end in contact with the end cap and a second end in contact with a valve;
wherein the valve is configured to open when the end cap is depressed;
and whereby opening of the valve dispenses liquid from the plurality of apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,334,941

BOTTLE BRUSH WITH MULTIPLE BRISTLE REACHES

Handi-Craft Company, St....

1. A bottle brush comprising:a handle; and
a brush head connected to the handle, the brush head having a longitudinal axis and further comprising
a barrel having a sidewall substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis,
a first row of bristles extending from the sidewall, wherein the first row of bristles is biased a first angle from a plane normal to the longitudinal axis to extend from the sidewall at least in part transversely from the barrel and at least in part longitudinally to define a first bristle reach, and
at least two second rows of bristles extending from the sidewall, wherein the at least two second rows of bristles are each biased a same second angle from the plane normal to the longitudinal axis to extend from the sidewall at least in part transversely from the barrel and at least in part longitudinally, each of the second rows of bristles defining a second bristle reach different from the first bristle reach, the at least two second rows of bristles being spaced longitudinally from each other with the first row of bristles being longitudinally intermediate the second rows of bristles.

US Pat. No. 10,334,940

COMPOSITE HEAD TOOTHBRUSH HAVING SAFETY FEATURES

Loops LLC, Ferndale, WA ...

1. A toothbrush having a composite head, the composite head comprising:a rigid polymer inner core having a plurality of bristle holes for retention and holding a plurality of toothbrush bristles, the rigid inner core made from a 1st material;
a pliable flexible material completely surrounding the rigid inner core on a left and a right side in bottom plan view underside aspect, the pliable flexible material being made from a 2nd material; and
a bond at an interface between the rigid inner core and the pliable flexible material surrounding the rigid polymer inner core, wherein further the rigid polymer inner core is molded to the pliable flexible material thereby forming the composite head having the bond.

US Pat. No. 10,334,939

APPARATUS FOR SECURING MOBILE DEVICES TO A BELT

1. An apparatus for securing mobile devices to a belt comprising:a receiver coupled to a belt, wherein the receiver comprises a stud of a one-way fastener coupled to the belt with a post;
a clip removably couplable to the receiver, wherein the clip comprises a socket of the one-way fastener coupled to a rear side of a flexible member, wherein the flexible member comprises a grip section on one side of said socket and a lanyard section on an opposing side of the socket, wherein the grip section is configured for a user to grip and pull to disengage the clip from the receiver; and
a lanyard with a first end coupled to said clip through a lanyard hole in said lanyard section, wherein a second end of the lanyard is coupled to a mobile device with a nut, wherein the lanyard comprises a paracord and the nut is generated by a process comprising:
weaving one end of the paracord through one or more holes in the mobile device to create a first side of the paracord and a second side of the paracord;
adjusting the first and second sides of the paracord such that the second side is shorter than the first side;
taking the first side of the paracord and folding it up to be approximately perpendicular to the second side to begin a loop around the second side;
wounding up in a bottom to top direction the first side of the paracord into one or more loops around the second side of the paracord to create a stack; and
weaving the first side back through the stack and pulling to tighten thereby creating the nut.

US Pat. No. 10,334,938

PERSONAL ITEM MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

THE BIG O, LLC, Dallas, ...

1. A personal management apparatus, comprising:a wearable band having a non-adjustable, fixed circumference that defines a first outer diameter; and
a clasp coupled to the wearable band, the clasp defining a second outer diameter that is less than the first outer diameter and being adapted to couple a personal item to the wearable band;
wherein the wearable band comprises:
an inner core formed from a rigid or non-flexible material, the inner core being ring-shaped; and
a cover surrounding the inner core, the cover defining an outer surface;
wherein a portion of the inner core of the wearable band is radially sandwiched between radially-spaced first and second portions of the outer surface of the cover of the wearable band;
wherein the first portion of the outer surface of the cover of the wearable band defines the first outer diameter;
wherein the second portion of the outer surface of the cover of the wearable band is generally circular in shape, and is sized so that the wearable band is adapted to be worn around a user's wrist and/or bicep;
wherein the outer surface of the cover of the wearable band extends continuously and uninterruptedly along the fixed circumference of the wearable band in its entirety;
wherein the outer surface of the cover of the wearable band is generally donut-shaped and defines a radially-extending cross-section, the radially-extending cross-section generally defining a circular shape that is constant and the same at any point along the fixed circumference of the wearable band and throughout the outer surface's continuous and uninterrupted extension along the fixed circumference of the wearable band in its entirety;
wherein the circular shape, which is generally defined by the radially-extending cross-section defined by the outer surface of the cover of the wearable band, is coplanar with the any point along the fixed circumference of the wearable band, and extends radially outward from the second portion of the outer surface of the cover to the first portion of the outer surface of the cover at the any point along the fixed circumference of the wearable band, the circular shape being radially bounded by the second portion of the outer surface of the cover and the first portion of the outer surface of the cover;
wherein the clasp comprises:
a clasp body forming an arcuate shape that defines the second outer diameter; and
a gate movable between a closed position and an open position, the gate having a first end pivotably coupled to one end of the clasp body and an opposing second end that moves relative to another end of the clasp body;
wherein, when the gate of the clasp is in the closed position, the opposing second end of the gate is locked to the another end of the clasp body;
wherein, when the gate of the clasp is in the open position, the opposing second end of the gate extends towards the clasp body;
wherein the gate of the clasp is spring loaded so that:
the gate of the clasp is biased into the closed position; and
the gate of the clasp is configured to be moved from the closed position to the open position in response to an application of a force against the gate;
wherein, when the gate is in the open position and the application of the force against the gate is released, the gate of the clasp self locks by moving from the open position to the closed position in which the opposing second end of the gate is locked to the another end of the clasp body;
wherein the opposing second end of the gate and the another end of the clasp body are configured so that an audible click is heard when the gate obtains the closed position in which the opposing second end of the gate is locked to the another end of the clasp body;
wherein a first inner region is defined by the cover of the wearable band;
wherein the first inner region is generally circular in shape;
wherein the clasp extends through the first inner region so that the wearable band extends around a portion of the clasp;
wherein a second inner region is at least partially defined by the clasp body of the clasp;
wherein the wearable band extends through the second inner region so that the clasp extends around a portion of the wearable band when the gate of the clasp is in the closed position;
wherein the extension of the clasp through the first inner region, and the extension of the wearable band through the second inner region, couples the clasp to the wearable band;
wherein the extension of the clasp through the first inner region, the extension of the wearable band through the second inner region, and the continuous and uninterrupted extension of the outer surface along the fixed circumference of the wearable band in its entirety, permits movement of the clasp relative to the wearable band and along the fixed circumference of the wearable band in its entirety, while the clasp remains coupled to the wearable band;
and
wherein at least the rigidity of the rigid or non-flexible material from which the inner core of the wearable band is formed is such that, when the personal item is coupled to the wearable band by the clasp and the personal item applies a gravity-induced load against the wearable band:
the first outer diameter of the wearable band remains generally constant;
the circular shape of the first inner region is generally maintained; and
since the first outer diameter of the wearable band remains generally constant and the circular shape of the first inner region is generally maintained, the clasp continues to be permitted to move relative to the wearable band and along the fixed circumference of the wearable band in its entirety, while the clasp remains coupled to the wearable band and the personal item is coupled to the clasp.

US Pat. No. 10,334,937

LID ASSEMBLY WITH RING TO CONTROL FLOW

THERMOS L.L.C., Schaumbu...

1. A lid assembly for a beverage container configured to achieve an open position to permit a user to drink liquid therethrough and achieve a closed position that generally limits the liquid passage therethrough, the lid assembly comprising:a spout having a mouth portion and a lower circular end positioned generally opposite the mouth portion, wherein the mouth portion is configured to receive the user's lips, and the spout having a threaded engagement section;
a base member having a bottom surface, a base side wall, and flanges, wherein the bottom surface, the base side wall, and the flanges define openings that permit passage of liquid when the lid assembly is in the open position and wherein the lower circular end of the spout meets with the bottom surface to block the passage of liquid through the openings when the lid assembly is in the closed position, and the base member has a threaded engagement section to receive the threaded engagement section of the spout, and the base member configured to engage to a beverage container;
an outer ring removably engaged to the spout, the outer ring configured to permit the user to maneuver the spout and the base member relative to each other to achieve the open position and the closed position, such that the user does not have to directly touch the spout to achieve the open position or the closed position, which decreases contamination of the mouth portion of the spout; and,
the spout includes an internal cylindrical surface and an external cylindrical surface, the external cylindrical surface includes a groove configured to hold a seal and position the seal generally against an internal surface of the base side wall when the spout moves to transition between the open position and the closed position, thereby minimizing the liquid that can pass between the base member and the spout.

US Pat. No. 10,334,936

CHECKPOINT-FRIENDLY BACKPACK

TUMI, INC., Edison, NJ (...

1. A backpack for allowing a computer to be stored therein when scanned at an inspection station without having to remove the computer therefrom, the backpack comprising:a dedicated compartment for storing the computer, the dedicated compartment comprising a single closeable pocket formed by a first interior wall, a first exterior wall, a first bottom wall, and at least one first sidewall coupling the first interior wall and the first exterior wall to provide first side walls of the dedicated compartment except for the first bottom wall, and including a first fastener for enclosing the computer within the dedicated compartment;
a non-dedicated compartment comprising at least one pocket or pouch formed by a second interior wall, a second exterior wall, a second bottom wall and at least one second sidewall coupling the second interior wall and the second exterior wall to provide second side walls of the non-dedicated compartment except for the second bottom wall, and including a second fastener for enclosing the non-dedicated compartment;
wherein a common edge between a respective portion of the first bottom wall of the dedicated compartment and the second bottom wall of the non-dedicated compartment form a living hinge, the backpack configured with a third fastener to provide movement between a screening mode in which the first interior wall of the dedicated compartment is separated from the second interior wall of the non-dedicated compartment and is connected by the living hinge, and a non-screening mode in which the first interior wall is adjacent the second interior wall and the first fastener and an exterior portion of the first sidewall is disposed partially within an interior portion of the second sidewall along substantially the entire length of the first sidewall and second sidewall; and
the third fastener facilitating fastening between the dedicated compartment and the non-dedicated compartment while in the non-screening mode, and facilitating separation between the dedicated compartment and the non-dedicated compartment while in the screening mode,
wherein the first fastener is a zipper.

US Pat. No. 10,334,935

ONE-TOUCH COMPACT CASE HAVING REFILLABLE STRUCTURE

CTK CO. LTD., Seongnam-s...

1. A one-touch compact case having a refillable structure that includes a lower body and an upper cover unit having a cover and a lid inside the cover, the lower body and the upper cover unit being divided into halves and combined up and down, and in which predetermined sides of the lower body and the upper cover unit are combined by a pin and other sides are locked and unlocked by a locking unit so that the upper cover unit is opened and closed from a top of the lower body,wherein the upper cover unit is combined with or separated for refilling from the lower body, through the pin inserted into pin holes formed through ribs at predetermined sides of the cover and the lid and put into or out of a pin groove open downward at a rib at a side of the lower body, and the lower body receives and packs a cosmetic,
wherein a top of a storage space is hermetically closed by a cut plate having a circular cut line and a ring for cutting on a top and a bottom of the storage space is open and hermetically closed through a bottom plate that is hermetically bonded after the cosmetic is received in the storage space so that the cut plate is pulled with the ring for use in a single motion.

US Pat. No. 10,334,934

LIQUID COSMETIC CONTAINER

TOKIWA CORPORATION, Gifu...

1. A liquid cosmetic container comprising:a container main body that includes a housing portion that receives a liquid cosmetic material therein;
a leading tube having a tubular shape, and a main body that has a longitudinal axis that extends substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the container main body, the leading tube being positioned on a tip end side of the container main body, the leading tube having a tube hole communicating with the housing portion;
an intermediate core disposed in the container main body and in the leading tube, the intermediate core conveying the liquid cosmetic material; and
a tubular cover having an outer circumference substantially the same as an outer circumference of the housing portion, wherein:
a rear end of the intermediate core is positioned inside the housing portion, a tip of the intermediate core projecting from a tip opening provided at a tip of the leading tube, the tip of the intermediate core comprising a liquid cosmetic material applying portion,
the leading tube has an inclination portion at a frontmost tip end, the inclination portion being inclined with respect to an axial center of the container main body,
the intermediate core inclines following a tube hole on a frontmost end of the inclination portion,
an axial center of the tube hole on the inclination portion extends in a direction identical to an inclination direction that an axial center of the inclination portion inclines with respect to the axial center of the container main body and further inclines with respect to the axial center of the inclination portion, and the inclination portion is contained within the tubular cover.

US Pat. No. 10,334,933

APPLICATOR AND CAPSULE FOR SUCH APPLICATOR

InDerm, (FR)

1. A method for applying product and light to a surface for non-medical treatment of said surface, wherein a capsule comprising a reservoir containing a product is releasably coupled to a housing comprising at least a light source and a control unit, wherein the capsule comprises a movable element such as a ball onto which product from the reservoir can be fed for dispensing it to a surface by the ball, wherein light is transmitted from the light source through the capsule to the surface prior to, during and/or after dispensing said product onto said surface, whereafter the capsule is removed from the housing and replaced by another capsule.

US Pat. No. 10,334,932

LIGHTENING COSMETIC CONTAINER

HUANIYA INTERNATIONAL CO....

1. A lightening cosmetic container, including:a main body, including a case, a cover and an attachment member, the cover having an inner surface including at least one recession disposed thereon, the attachment member being attached to the inner surface by an adhesive material and covering at least part of the at least one recession within which the adhesive material comes;
a lightening device, disposed on the main body, including at least one light source, a magnetic switch which is electrically connected with the at least one light source, and a magnetic member disposed corresponding to the magnetic switch; wherein the cover is openable relative to the case to change magnetic state of the magnetic switch and switch the magnetic switch on.

US Pat. No. 10,334,931

PUFF-EMBEDDED COSMETIC POWDER CONTAINER

CTK CO. LTD., Seongnam-s...

1. A puff-embedded cosmetic powder container, comprising:a main body having a space to hold cosmetic powder therein;
a shoulder cap including a coupling portion through which the shoulder cap is coupled to an upper end of the main body, and a net which is secured by a coupling ring to a powder discharge hole defined in a bottom portion thereof;
a puff receiving cap including on a first side thereof a hinge unit to open or close the puff receiving cap relative to the shoulder cap, a receiving portion receiving a puff therein, and an annular packing provided on a lower portion of the bottom portion to block the powder discharge hole; and
an upper cap coupled to the main body in a threaded fastening method to open or close the main body, and pressurizing the puff receiving cap when the upper cap is coupled to the main body in the threaded fastening method, thus allowing the annular packing provided on a lower portion of the puff receiving cap to forcibly seal the powder discharge hole of the shoulder cap,
wherein a sealing step is formed on an inner circumference in the space of the main body, and a sealing wing is formed on an outer circumference of a sidewall of the shoulder cap to correspond to the sealing step, so that the sealing wing is elastically and airtightly coupled to the sealing step when the shoulder cap is coupled to the main body, and a rotary portion included in the hinge unit of the puff receiving cap has a movable space in which a second end of a pin is movable up and down, a first end of the pin being press-fitted into a pin fixing portion of the shoulder cap, so that, when the upper cap is manipulated to be closed, the puff receiving cap is pressed down via the movable space, thus sealing the powder discharge hole of the shoulder cap.

US Pat. No. 10,334,930

NAIL SANITIZER TOOL

Freshnails Sanitizer, Inc...

1. A nail cleaning and sanitizing tool comprising:a) a main body housing a wadding section to store alcohol;
b) a nail penetrating device connected to and in fluid communication with the main body, the nail penetrating device further comprising:
i. a digger comprised of a body having a proximal portion, a tapered distal portion and a protrusion extending from a first side of the body adjacent the tapered distal portion, the protrusion forming a triangle pyramid shape having one face thereof a concave cavity bound along a periphery by first and second retaining walls, where the first and second retaining walls form edges between the one face and another two faces of the triangular pyramid shape and converge at an apex of the triangular pyramid to form a nub, wherein a continuous distal edge of the digger is formed by a distal-most edge of the tapered portion, a distal-most edge of the protrusion and the nub, where the nub is adjacent and continuous with the distal-most edge of the protrusion and disposed opposite the tapered portion, and,
ii a nib, the nib having a first side and a second side joined at one end by a wall, where the first and second sides converge and terminate at a curved peripheral edge opposite the wall, and wherein the nib is in fluid communication with the wadding section and the wall of the nib is directly coupled to a second side of the body of the digger opposite the first side,
c) wherein the curved peripheral edge provides optimal contact to sanitize an under the nail region, and,
d) wherein the concave cavity and the first and second retaining walls terminating in the nub remove and collect debris from the under the nail region.

US Pat. No. 10,334,929

HAIR PRODUCT APPLICATION DEVICE

The Pro-Motion Group, LLC...

1. A hair product application device consisting of:a glove comprising a plurality of digit portions; and
a blister pack disposed on at least one digit portion from among the plurality of digit portions, the blister pack consisting of:
a pocket containing a hair product composition, the pocket located on at least a portion of an exterior surface of the at least one digit portion of the glove; and
a rupturable membrane at least partially forming the pocket and configured to release at least a portion of the hair product composition when ruptured in response to a pressure differential between an internal pressure exerted on the rupturable membrane and an external pressure exerted on the rupturable membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,334,928

CONTAINER FOR MOBILE DEVICE

Zgonic Pty Ltd., Victori...

1. A container comprising: a housing including a chamber with a side opening formed in said housing and defined by a base wall and an upper wall, and said housing including a cover panel extended from said upper wall and foldable relative to said upper wall and movable toward said upper wall, said housing including a flap extended from said base wall and foldable relative to said base wall for covering the side opening of said chamber of said housing selectively, and said housing including a depression formed in said upper wall, a lock device attached to said cover panel, a lock member attached to said flap for selectively engaging with said lock device of said cover panel and for coupling said cover panel and said flap together, a mobile device selectively receiveable and engageable into said chamber of said housing through the side opening, a base plate engaged in said base wall of said housing, a support device foldably attached to said base plate with a hinge device, and said support device being foldable relative to said base plate and said housing, and a display attached to said support device and movable relative to said upper wall between an upwardly working position and a downwardly folded storing position, and said display being selectively receivable and engageable in said depression which is formed in said upper wall of said housing when said cover panel is folded toward said upper wall.

US Pat. No. 10,334,927

LUGGAGE SYSTEM EMPLOYING A TELESCOPICALLY-EXTENDABLE HANDLE AND BATTERY POWER SUPPLY ASSEMBLY EQUIPPED WITH A SEMI-AUTOMATIC BATTERY POWER MODULE EJECTION MECHANISM

JRSK, Inc., New York, NY...

1. A luggage system comprising:front and rear housing portions hinged together to provide a housing assembly provided with a set of spinner wheels; and
a telescopically-extendable handle and rechargeable power supply assembly mounted within the rear housing portion and having a pair of spaced-apart guide tubes mounted in the rear housing portion, and supporting a pair of telescopically-extendable rods joined to a handle structure, for pulling the luggage system on the set of the spinner wheels;
wherein the telescopically-extendable handle and rechargeable power supply assembly includes
(i) a base housing component mounted in an aperture formed in the rear housing portion, and having a top surface with a power port access opening;
(ii) a battery module casing mounted to and beneath the base housing component, and disposed substantially in the same plane as and between the pair of spaced-apart guide tubes; and
(iii) a semi-automatic battery power module ejection mechanism comprising a spring-biased platform mounted at the bottom of the battery module casing, for ejecting a battery power module from the battery module casing when the finger of a user presses down on the battery power module while retained in the battery module casing so that the battery power module automatically pops up above the surface of the power port access opening, for manual removal of the battery power module from the battery module casing, wherein the spring-biased platform has multiple configurable states including:
a first lockable state where the spring-biased platform is located at a first position in the battery module casing and supports the battery power module in the battery module casing at a first depth within the battery power module where the top of the battery power module resides at or below the surface of the power port access openings; and
a second lockable state where the spring-biased platform is located at a second position in a second depth within the battery power module where the top of the battery power module resides above the surface of the power port access opening so as to allow the battery power module to be manually removed and withdrawn from the battery module casing using the fingers of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,334,926

LUGGAGE CONSTRUCTION

it Luggage Limited, Harl...

1. An article of soft luggage comprising:an internal shape-defining framework;
a soft outer cover; and
a handle having two limbs and a cross piece provided between the two limbs, wherein the internal shape-defining framework comprises:
a plurality of elongate members interconnected to define a shape that is substantially parallelepiped which generally defines a shape of the article of soft luggage, the parallelepiped shape comprising a plurality of corners, each corner defined by the intersection of three faces of the parallelepiped shape; and
wherein two of the plurality of elongate members that are provided at corners of the parallelepiped shape of the internal shape defining framework are elongate tubular members which each substantially define a full length of the shape of the article of soft luggage and which are arranged in parallel are each configured to receive a respective limb of the handle so that the handle is moveable in an axial direction between a retracted configuration, in which the limbs are nested within the respective two elongate tubular members, and an extended configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,334,925

NECKTIE BRIEFCASE

1. A necktie briefcase comprising:top and bottom enclosures defining a storage compartment;support rods mounted within the storage compartment near and parallel to a first longitudinal side in each of the top and bottom enclosures;a restraining strap removably attached within the storage compartment near and parallel to a second longitudinal side in each of the top and bottom enclosures;a pair of retainer arms mounted on opposite adjacent sides of each of top and bottom enclosures, each retainer arm mounted with a spring loaded mount that biases the retainer arm closed against the interior surfaces and allowing the retainer arms to swing outward from within the storage compartment; and
a plurality of neckties configured to be hung on each of the support rods and positioned behind the restraining strap and retainer arms such that the neckties are secured against an interior wall in each of the top and bottom enclosures.

US Pat. No. 10,334,924

PROTECTIVE CASING FOR ELECTRONIC PRODUCT

SHENZHEN ILLUSDESIGN CREA...

1. A protective casing for electronic product, comprising:a flexible body; and
a support assembly coupled to the flexible body and comprising:
a fixing plate;
a support arm;
a pivot assembly disposed between the fixing plate and the support arm, wherein one end of the support arm is pivotally jointed to the fixing plate using the pivot assembly, and wherein another end of the support arm is pivotable around the pivot assembly in order to be opened or closed relative to the fixing plate; and
a mounting zone disposed along a short side direction of the flexible body and configured to mount the fixing plate,
wherein two openings are symmetrically arranged in the mounting zone,
wherein a connecting plate is disposed between the two openings,
wherein one end of the fixing plate penetrates through one of the two openings from a front side of the flexible body and is snap-fitted to the flexible body,
wherein the other end of the fixing plate penetrates through the other one of the two openings from the front side of the flexible body and is snap-fitted to the flexible body, and
wherein the connecting plate abuts against the fixing plate.

US Pat. No. 10,334,923

CARRIER APPARATUS FOR GARMENTS

FirstLight Projects Londo...

1. A carrier apparatus for supporting a garment, the apparatus comprising a hanger having first and second arm elements that project radially outwardly from a central hanging axis and which are connected by a hinged coupling which allows the first and second arm elements to be folded around said central axis or axes parallel to said central hanging axis to thereby substantially overlie one another, and a garment storage bag to which the hanger is couplable, wherein the garment storage bag is configured to fold at least first and second axes, the first and second axes being substantially normal to one another, and wherein the central axis of the hanger coincides with one of said first and second fold axes of the garment storage bag,wherein the garment storage bag has one or more fastenings that couple to fastenings provided to said hanger such that the central axis of the hanger coincides with one of said first and second fold axes of the garment storage bag.

US Pat. No. 10,334,922

POCKETED ARTICLE AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Amer Sports Canada Inc., ...

1. A pocketed article comprising:a first primary panel;
a liner panel having a first face bonded to the first primary panel and a second face opposite the first face of the liner panel;
a secondary panel having a first face facing the second face of the liner panel and a second face opposite the first face of the secondary panel, wherein outer portions of the liner panel are folded about edges of the secondary panel and wherein the outer portions are bonded to the second face of the secondary panel; and
a second primary panel joined to the first primary panel.

US Pat. No. 10,334,921

SHADING SYSTEM INCLUDING VOICE RECOGNITION OR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENT CAPABILITIES

1. An intelligent umbrella system, comprising:one or more shading elements;
a support assembly, coupled to the one or more shading elements, to provide support for the one or more shading elements;
a base assembly, coupled to the support assembly, to provide contact with a surface;
one or more microphones to capture spoken or audio commands;
one or more processors;
one or more memory modules;
one or more wireless communication transceivers;
wherein computer-readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules are executable by the one or more processors to:
convert the captured audio commands into audio files; and
perform voice recognition on the converted audio files to generate instructions or commands based, at least in part, on the converted audio files; and
one or more environmental sensors, wherein the audio command requests sensor measurements from the one or more environmental sensors, and the computer-readable instructions are executable by the one or more processors to generate and communicate the instructions or commands to the one or more environmental sensors to capture sensor measurements and receive the captured sensor measurements from the one or more environmental sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,334,920

UMBRELLA HOLDER AND STABILIZATION SYSTEM

1. An umbrella holder and stabilization system for hands-free holding of an umbrella of a type having a pole, a canopy, shaft, and a crook handle, said umbrella holder and stabilization system, comprising:a housing having a bottom wall and a plurality of side walls extending upwardly from said bottom wall that, collectively, define an interior space, said housing having a top wall spanning between upper edges of said plurality of side walls and defining an opening operable for receiving the crook handle of the umbrella into the interior space;
a neck strap member having a first end and a second end opposite said first end and a neck strap fastener coupling said first end to said second end so that said neck strap member is a loop;
at least one clamp slidably coupled to said neck strap member having a configuration that is slidable along an extent of said neck strap member and is operable to releasably capture the pole of the umbrella;
wherein said housing includes a fastener operably coupled to said neck strap for coupling said housing to said neck strap member.

US Pat. No. 10,334,919

BRAZED JOINT FOR ATTACHMENT OF GEMSTONES TO EACH OTHER AND/OR A METALLIC MOUNT

Forever Mount, LLC., Tuc...

1. A gemstone arrangement comprising:a first non-grooved gemstone having a first mounting surface;
a second non-grooved gemstone having a second mounting surface: and
at least one braze joint, the at least one braze joint being formed from a reactive metallic alloy, the braze joint adhering the first mounting surface to the second mounting surface, the braze joint being substantially concealed from a direct line of sight from a top portion of the gemstone preventing excessive alloy from getting outside a desired braze area.

US Pat. No. 10,334,918

CUSTOMISABLE JEWELLERY

1. A customisable item of jewellery comprising a plurality of adornments each of which incorporate a head and a pin; a grid with a plurality of openings defining a plurality of distinct closely contiguous adornment locations, and attachment means suitable for releasably retaining a pin of an adornment in each selected one of said plurality of openings; whereby once a plurality of adornments are attached to said attachment means, a cluster of releasable adornments is formed, wherein said attachment means comprises a layer of resilient material which is provided beneath said grid and which spans a plurality of said openings and said pin has a barb, whereby said layer of resilient material is positioned to receive said barb; the barb and pin being retained within the resilient material by frictional contact between the pin and the resilient material when the barb and the pin are inserted into the resilient material.

US Pat. No. 10,334,917

PENDANT ADAPTER FOR INTERLOCKING BUILDING TOY

1. A multi-functional pendant includinga plurality of interlocking toy pieces and an interchangeable adaptor for converting said plurality of interlocking toy pieces into said multi-functional pendant,
each said interlocking toy piece comprises at least one protruding stud on one side and at least one depression notch on a different side of said interlocking toy piece, said at least one protruding stud of each one of said interlocking toy pieces is removably engageable, by an interference fit, with said at least one depression notch on any other of said interlocking toy pieces; and,
said interchangeable adaptor comprises at least one fastener shaped to fit into a space defined around said at least one protruding stud, said at least one fastener is made of a piece of material sufficiently thinner than a thickness of said at least one protruding stud for enabling said at least one fastener to be firmly clamped between at least two of said interlocking toy pieces when the at least one protruding stud has been engaged, by an interference fit, with said at least one depression notch; and, wherein said interchangeable adaptor further comprises at least one aperture for connecting the multi-functional pendant to a variety of accessories.

US Pat. No. 10,334,916

SUB-ASSEMBLY OF EXTERNAL PARTS FOR TIMEPIECE OR WATCH OR PIECE OF JEWELLERY

1. A sub-assembly of external watch parts, comprising:a first component comprising edges which project from an inner face of a first skirt and first undercuts in the inner face that are positioned axially above each of the edges, and
a second component comprising wings which project radially outward from a second skirt and second undercuts,
wherein said first component and said second component are provided to occupy a first dismantled position for insertion in which said first component and said second component have, one relative to the other, a first angular orientation or to occupy a second assembled and locked position in which said first component and said second component have, one relative to the other, a second angular orientation different from said first angular orientation and are retained axially by a bayonet fit between at least two said edges and at least two said wings,
wherein at least said first component or said second component comprises, at least in part in the thickness of said first skirt or respectively second skirt, at least one elastically deformable zone comprising a lug which is provided to cooperate, by indexing in a relative position between said first component and second component, with a limit stop for angular indexation and locking, which the other of said first component and second component comprises, and
wherein, in said first dismantled position for insertion, said first component and said second component have, one relative to the other, a first angular orientation, and are retained at a distance, one from the other, by repulsion means, which comprise magnetic repulsion means and/or at least one elastic element and/or at least one sealing joint, and, in said second assembled and locked position, said first component and said second component are retained axially counter to the resistant force exerted by said repulsion means.

US Pat. No. 10,334,915

ATTACHMENT LINK

The Swatch Group Research...

1. An attachment link for a watch band arranged to attach the band to a watch case between horns, wherein the attachment link is U-shaped with two arms extending out from a base, wherein a first end of the attachment link is fixed to a watch band strand between the two arms and a second end of the attachment link is formed by the bottom face of the base and is arranged to be against the case, wherein the attachment link is positioned between the horns against the case and held with a bar,wherein the attachment link comprises means for blocking pivoting in order to firmly hold the attachment link between the horns and against the case, the blocking means comprising at least one of:
a first blocking element mounted on the bottom face of the base of the attachment link and projecting outward from the bottom face towards the case, and
a second blocking element mounted on an outside face of each of the two arms of the attachment link and projecting outward from the outside face towards the horns.

US Pat. No. 10,334,914

TWIST LOCK

TEDDER INDUSTRIES, LLC, ...

1. A locking mechanism, comprising:a first male portion, comprising a post having a central axis aligned in a direction of a height of the post, the height of the post including a distance from a base of the post to a first end of the post, and including a slot recessed into an exterior surface of a side of the post, parallel to the central axis, the slot originates at the first end of the post opposite the base of the post and extends along the exterior surface of the side of the post and adjoins a locking groove recessed into the exterior surface of the side of the post, perpendicular to the slot and extending along the exterior surface of the side of the post a length equal to a fraction of a perimeter of the post; and
a second female portion, comprising a ring arranged to fit over the first end of the post, and including a locking fin protruding from an interior surface of a side of the ring, the locking fin arranged to extend into the slot when the ring is placed over the first end of the post and to extend into the locking groove when the ring is positioned on the post a preset distance above the base of the post and rotated in a first rotational direction with respect to the post.

US Pat. No. 10,334,913

ADJUSTABLE ZIPPER PULL ASSEMBLY

1. An adjustable zipper pull assembly comprising:a cord;
a plurality of protrusions extending from the cord; and
a slidable member disposed on the cord and slidable relative to the cord, the slidable member having a first aperture that receives a first region of the cord, and a second aperture that receives a second region of the cord such that the cord defines a closed loop;
wherein at least one of the slidable member and the protrusions are flexible such that one of the slidable member and the protrusions deflects relative to the other of the slidable member and the protrusions to enable the slidable member to slide over the protrusions while sliding relative to the cord and adjusting a size of the loop about a top portion of a zipper slider.

US Pat. No. 10,334,912

MULTIFUNCTION KEY FOB

1. A multifunction key fob, comprising:a housing defining an opening through which a key is deployed;
a moveable key tray contained within said housing and comprising a plurality of key slots;
a tray motor mounted in said housing and operably connected to said moveable tray; and
a plurality of key selector buttons on a surface of said housing, said key selector buttons corresponding to each of said key slots, wherein selecting one of said key selector buttons causes the key in the corresponding slot to be deployed, through said opening, to a useable position.

US Pat. No. 10,334,911

BUCKLE

Lindnerhof-Taktik GmbH, ...

1. A buckle for releasable load coupling of two elements comprising:a first buckle component and a second buckle component configured for releasable engagement at a coupled position;
said first buckle component having a first connection area for connecting said first buckle component to a first element of said two elements, and a first coupling area including a first hook profile extending a width direction;
said second buckle component having a second connection area for connecting said second buckle component to a second element of said two elements, and a second coupling area including a second hook profile extending in said width direction;
a locking element for releasably locking said first buckle component to said second buckle component when said first buckle component and said second buckle component are at said coupled position,
wherein said first hook profile and said second hook profile are complementary and interengage at said coupled position to couple said first buckle component to said second buckle component in a form-fit manner; and
wherein the locking engagement of said locking element in said coupled position is adapted to be released by pulling an operating element connected to said locking element.

US Pat. No. 10,334,910

SHOE HAVING ELASTIC TONGUE-SECURING STRAPS

Dynasty Footwear, Ltd., ...

1. A shoe comprising:(a) a sole;
(b) an upper, extending above the sole, that includes a front section, a first side section, a second side section, a rear section, and a tongue that originates from the front section and extends toward the rear section; and
(c) an elastic strap that at least one of (i) extends over and across the tongue, (ii) is attached to the tongue, or (iii) extends from a side edge of the tongue,
wherein the tongue extends between and partially underneath the first side section and the second side section,
wherein the first side section includes an opening, and
wherein the elastic strap includes a first portion, having a proximal end attached to the tongue, that extends along an interior surface of the first side section, a second portion, extending from the first portion, that passes through the opening, and a third portion, extending from the second portion, that runs along an outside surface of the first side section.

US Pat. No. 10,334,909

ELASTIC SHOELACE WITH A RING

1. An elastic shoelace comprising:a knot (3) located at one end of the elastic shoelace;
a circular eye (2) located opposite the knot at an other end of the elastic shoelace;
a ring (5) that is received by and located on the eye (2); and
a tag (6) provided on the ring;
wherein the elastic shoelace is inserted with the eye (2) through a set of holes (B) in a lower section of a shoe (A) upwards and once the elastic shoelace is secured in the set of holes (B) in the shoe (A), the knot (3) is fixed behind a first bottom hole (B) of the shoe (A) and the ring (5) is hooked onto an adequate threaded pin (4) arranged on the shoe (A).

US Pat. No. 10,334,908

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH DECOUPLED UPPER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:a longitudinal direction extending along a major axis of the article of footwear and a lateral direction extending along a minor axis of the article of footwear;
an upper and a sole structure;
a connecting member comprising a first sheet of material forming an upper layer and a second sheet of material forming a lower layer, the upper layer being attached to the lower layer at a central attachment portion that extends longitudinally along the connecting member;
the upper layer being attached to the upper and the lower layer being attached to the sole structure;
the connecting member including a lateral decoupled portion extending laterally from the central attachment portion to a lateral side of the connecting member and including a first free portion of the upper layer and a first free portion of the lower layer;
an opening disposed between the first free portion of the upper layer and the first free portion of the lower layer, wherein the opening is also disposed between the upper and the sole structure;
a covering portion positioned adjacent an exterior surface of the upper, wherein the covering portion has a first end portion disposed adjacent to an upper periphery of the sole structure and a second end portion positioned adjacent a lacing edge of the exterior surface of the upper;
wherein the covering portion is configured to cover the opening between the first free portion of the upper layer and the first free portion of the lower layer, and wherein the covering portion is configured to cover a portion of the exterior surface of the upper;
wherein the lower layer of the connecting member and a portion of the covering portion separate the upper from the sole structure, and wherein the lower layer of the connecting member extends from a medial edge of the sole structure to a lateral edge of the sole structure; and
wherein the first end portion of the covering portion is attached between the lower layer of the connecting member and the sole structure.

US Pat. No. 10,334,907

BIO HEEL PAD, BIO HEEL PAD SHOE AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING SAME

BioFoot Pad, Incorporated...

1. A shoe having a bio foot pad for insertion into the shoe, comprising:a shoe counter having a bio foot pad, wherein the bio foot pad includes a plurality of circumferential elastic fibers uniformly located in an arcuate orientation throughout a viscoelastic material such that each fiber includes first and second fiber termination ends, wherein all of the first fiber termination ends are connected together and all of the second fiber termination ends are connected together at separate locations outside of the viscoelastic material for fixation to the shoe counter;
wherein the circumferential elastic fibers react to biphasic properties of the viscoelastic material such that the biphasic properties include a non-elastic phase and an elastic phase; and
wherein the circumferential elastic fibers are configured to, under a compression of the viscoelastic material due to an interaction of a heel area of a user of the shoe with the viscoelastic material that generates the elastic phase, develop a plurality of hoop stresses that allow axial forces exerted against the heel area of the user of the shoe to be evenly distributed along the heel area of the user of the shoe.

US Pat. No. 10,334,906

INTELLIGENT ELECTRONIC FOOTWEAR AND CONTROL LOGIC FOR AUTOMATED INFRASTRUCTURE-BASED PEDESTRIAN TRACKING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method for automating a collaborative operation between an intelligent electronic shoe (IES) and an intelligent transportation management (ITM) system, the IES including an upper for attaching to a foot of a user and a sole structure attached to the upper for supporting thereon the foot of the user, the method comprising:transmitting, via a transmitter-detector module communicatively connected to a traffic system controller of the ITM system, a prompt signal to a detection tag attached to the sole structure and/or upper of the IES;
receiving, via the transmitter-detector module, a response signal emitted by the detection tag responsive to receiving the prompt signal;
determining, via the traffic system controller based on the response signal, a user location of the user;
receiving, via the traffic system controller from a footwear controller attached to the sole structure and/or upper, sensor data indicative of a speed and a heading of the IES;
determining, via the traffic system controller, a first operating state of a traffic signal proximate the user location and communicatively connected to the traffic system controller;
determining, via the traffic system controller based on the received sensor data, an expected incursion time that the IES will breach a traffic lane regulated by the traffic signal;
determining, via the traffic system controller, an estimated phase change time between a current time and a preprogrammed phase change time at which the traffic signal is scheduled to switch from the first operating state to the second operating state;
determining, via the traffic system controller, if the expected incursion time is less than the estimated phase change time; and
transmitting, via the traffic system controller to the traffic signal responsive to a determination that the expected incursion time is less than the estimated phase change time, a command signal to switch from the first operating state to a second operating state.

US Pat. No. 10,334,905

HEEL-SUSPENDING PROTECTIVE BOOT

Walgreen Health Solutions...

1. A protective boot for use by a person lying in a supine position and supporting a lower leg, heel, and foot thereof, the boot comprising:a body formed of a flexible and compressible foam material, the body having a proximal leg portion, a distal forefoot portion contiguous with and projecting from the leg portion in a transverse direction thereto, a continuous cavity defined by and within the leg and forefoot portions and being complementary in size and shape to support the lower leg of the person while supporting the foot of the person in an upright position, an anterior opening defined in the leg and forefoot portions to permit the foot and lower leg to pass therethrough into the cavity within the leg and forefoot portions, oppositely-disposed lateral regions defined by the leg portion and separated by the anterior opening, oppositely-disposed lateral regions defined by the forefoot portion and separated by the anterior opening, an interior surface defined by the leg and forefoot portions within the cavity, an exterior surface defined by the leg and forefoot portions, and a continuous rim separating the interior and exterior surfaces;
a cushion within the cavity within the lower leg portion for supporting the lower leg of the person and suspending the heel of the person within the cavity;
a first low-friction material defining the exterior surface at the leg and forefoot portions;
a trim being a second low friction fabric at the continuous rim separating the interior and exterior surfaces, the second low-friction fabric trim being a different material than the first low-friction material defining the exterior surface of the body and being sewn onto the body so as to form the continuous rim in its entirety by compressing and narrowing the foam material of the body along the entire perimeter of the anterior opening;
first means for adjustably closing the anterior opening in the leg portion with the lateral regions of the leg portion; and
second means for adjustably closing a portion of the anterior opening in the forefoot portion with the lateral regions of the forefoot portion by drawing the lateral regions of the forefoot portion inward and toward the medial and lateral sides of the foot of the person within the forefoot portion without applying pressure to the dorsum of the foot.

US Pat. No. 10,334,904

SPORTS HELMET WITH ROTATIONAL IMPACT PROTECTION

BAUER HOCKEY, LLC, Blain...

1. A hockey or lacrosse helmet for protecting the head of a player, the hockey or lacrosse helmet comprising:(a) a rigid outer shell defining an external surface of the helmet, the rigid outer shell comprising a plurality of shell members movable relative to one another to adjust the fit of the helmet on the player's head;
(b) an inner padding configured to conform to the head of the player, the inner padding being configured to decrease a radial acceleration of the head of the player as a result of a radial impact acting against the outer shell, said inner padding comprising a plurality of inner pad members, the inner pad members being associated with respective ones of the shell members so that when the shell members move relative to one another a corresponding movement is imparted to the associated inner pad members;
(c) a rotational impact cushioning arrangement comprising at least one thin and flexible piece of damping material configured to reduce a rotational acceleration of the head of the player as a result of a rotational impact acting against the outer shell, the thin and flexible piece of damping material having a main surface and a thickness, the main surface having an extent that is greater than the thickness, the thin and flexible piece of damping material residing at a location which is adjacent the head of the player when the helmet is worn and the main surface being oriented towards the head of the player when the helmet is worn, the location of the thin and flexible piece of damping material being such that displacement of the shell members relative to one another produces a movement of the thin and flexible piece of damping material relative to at least one of the inner pad members, wherein the thin and flexible piece of damping material is configured such that a rotational impact on the outer shell induces a lateral distortion of the thin and flexible piece of damping material in a direction along the main surface thereof; and
(d) an adjustment mechanism operable by the player and configured to allow the shell members to move relative to one another to perform an adjustment of the fit of the helmet on the player's head.

US Pat. No. 10,334,903

RETRACTABLE DISPLAYS FOR HELMETS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A helmet comprising:an outer shell;
a heads-up information system comprising a display, the heads-up information system movable from a storage position within the outer shell to a use position in which the display of the heads-up information system is visible by the user, when the helmet is worn by the user; and
an attachment assembly coupled to the outer shell and the heads-up information system and operable to move the heads-up information system between the storage position and the use position;
wherein, the axis of movement from the use position to the storage position is something other than an axis normal to the plane of the user's vision.

US Pat. No. 10,334,902

ATTACHMENT SYSTEM

Revision Military S.a.r.L...

1. An attachment system for mounting an accessory to a wearable article, the attachment system comprising:an attachment plate securable to an attachment base on a wearable article;
a first engaging element on the attachment plate, the first engaging element constructed and arranged to engage a second engaging element on the attachment base;
a flexible member extending in a direction from a first side of the attachment plate toward a second side of the attachment plate opposite the first side; and
a third engaging element coupled to the flexible member, the third engaging element constructed and arranged to engage a fourth engaging element on the attachment base;
first and second grips positioned on opposite sides of the flexible member, the flexible member and the first and second grips configured such that movement of the grips toward one another deforms the flexible member, wherein:
when the first engaging element is engaged with the second engaging element on the attachment base, the third engaging element is movable between an unlocked position in which the third engaging element is not engaged with the fourth engaging element on the attachment base, and a locked position in which the third engaging element is engaged with the fourth engaging element to secure the attachment body to the attachment base, and
the third engaging element is movable between the locked and unlocked positions via deformation of the flexible member.

US Pat. No. 10,334,901

EMERGENCY HAIR WEAVE KIT

Anita Lucille Brooks, Oa...

1. A hair weaving kit comprising:a hair cap having a top side and a bottom side;
a plurality of pieces of precut lengths of hair with at least one first snap attached to an end of each of the plurality of pieces of precut lengths of hair; and
a plurality of mating second snaps for mating with the first snaps;
wherein there are no snaps attached to the hair cap; and
wherein the mating second snaps and the first snaps are configured to attach the plurality of pieces of precut lengths of hair to the hair cap by placing the plurality of pieces of precut lengths of hair on the top side of the hair cap, placing the mating second snaps on the bottom side of the hair cap, and locking the mating second snaps to the first snaps with the hair cap sandwiched in between such that the plurality of pieces of precut lengths of hair are attached to the hair cap.

US Pat. No. 10,334,900

MAGNETIC CLOSURES

The North Face Apparel Co...

10. A releasable closure for connecting a first part to a second part along a predetermined length thereof, comprising:a. a first element coupled to the first part and encapsulating a smart fluid and extending along the predetermined length;
b. a compatible element coupled to the second part and extending along the predetermined length;
c. a switch for selectively inducing an electromagnetic field in the smart fluid thereby changing the state of the fluid and causing the first element to couple to the compatible element uniformly along the predetermined length; andwherein the smart fluid is any fluid whose magnetism changes in the presence of a magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,334,899

WEARABLE ADAPTIVE ELECTROACTIVE POLYMER FABRIC

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An adaptive fabric apparatus comprising:an adaptive garment capable of changing a size of fabric micro holes to modify a textile density, the adaptive garment including wearable electroactive fibers that contract to increase the size of fabric micro holes in response to an applied voltage; and
an adaptive fiber interface to adjust the textile density of the adaptive garment in response to an event-based trigger by modifying a voltage level applied to at least a portion of the wearable electroactive fibers.