US Pat. No. 10,394,361

TOUCH DISPLAY DEVICE

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. A touch display device, comprising:a display panel including a plurality of gate lines and a plurality of data lines for displaying an image and a plurality of touch sensing electrodes for sensing a touch;
an application host processor configured to output an image signal, a touch control signal, and a reset signal; and
a display driver integrated circuit configured to:
process the image signal to output the processed image signal to the display panel,
receive a touch signal from a touch sensing electrode installed in the display panel,
convert the touch signal into a digital signal to output a touch sensing data, and
reset the display driver integrated circuit and output an interrupt signal to the application host processor upon occurrence of an error caused by electrostatic discharge,
wherein the display driver integrated circuit includes:
a display processor configured to process the image signal to output the processed image signal to the display panel, and output a display error signal upon occurrence of an error caused by electrostatic discharge; and
a touch sensing processor configured to receive the touch signal from the touch sensing electrode installed in the display panel, convert the touch signal into the digital signal to output the touch sensing data, receive the display error signal to output a display reset signal, and output the display reset signal or a touch reset signal and simultaneously output an interrupt signal to the application host processor, upon occurrence of an error caused by electrostatic discharge.

US Pat. No. 10,394,360

TOUCH SENSOR, DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF FABRICATING DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A touch sensor comprising:insulating patterns spaced apart from one another;
sensing electrodes disposed directly on the insulating patterns; and
a sensing line coupled to the sensing electrodes,
wherein each of the sensing electrodes comprises:
a first region having a flat surface; and
a second region disposed around a perimeter of the first region, a surface of the second region forming an inclination angle relative to the flat surface of the first region, and
wherein each of the sensing electrodes covers a corresponding insulating pattern of the insulating patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,394,356

DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A display device comprising:a first base substrate having a plurality of sensing areas and a plurality of pixel areas each corresponding to a pixel;
first electrodes provided in each pixel area on the first base substrate;
second electrodes provided in each sensing area to cover at least a portion of the pixel areas;
a second base substrate opposite to the first base substrate; and
a liquid crystal layer provided between the first base substrate and the second base substrate,
wherein each pixel area includes a display area to display an image and a non-display area provided on at least one side of the display area, and at least a portion of edges of the second electrodes is arranged within the display area to overlap the display area in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,394,355

DISPLAY DEVICE WITH BUILT-IN TOUCH SCREEN AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME

LG Display Co., Ltd., Se...

1. A display device, the display device comprising:a gate line extending along a first direction on a substrate;
a data line extending along a second direction directly on an insulation layer on the substrate;
a subpixel at an intersection of the gate line and the data line, the subpixel including:
a pixel electrode,
a transistor including:
a gate electrode on the substrate, wherein the gate electrode is provided in a same layer as the pixel electrode,
a part of the insulation layer on the gate electrode and the pixel electrode,
an activation layer on the part of the insulation layer,
a drain electrode on the activation layer, the drain electrode electrically connected to the pixel electrode, and
a source electrode on the activation layer, the source electrode electrically connected to the data line,
a common electrode overlapping with the pixel electrode; and
a touch sensing line directly on the insulation layer, the touch sensing line provided in a same layer as the data line directly on the insulation layer, and the touch sensing line electrically connected to the common electrode,
wherein the pixel electrode is interposed between the touch sensing line and the data line.

US Pat. No. 10,394,354

ARRAY SUBSTRATE, TOUCH DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

SHANGHAI TIANMA MICRO-ELE...

1. An array substrate, comprising:a substrate having a lower side and an upper side;
a plurality of gate lines and a plurality of data lines, the gate lines and the data lines intersecting and insulating with each other to form a plurality of pixel units on the upper side of the substrate, wherein the pixel units comprise a first pixel unit comprising:
a first insulating layer comprising at least a first via hole;
at least a common electrode provided at one side of the first insulating layer, and at least a pixel electrode provided at the other side of the first insulation layer; and
at least a first transparent connection block provided in the same layer with the pixel electrodes, and each of the first transparent connection blocks is connected to the common electrode via the first via hole; and
at least a touch metal line provided in the same layer with the pixel electrodes, each of the touch metal lines being electrically connected to each of the first transparent connection blocks,
wherein the common electrode is provided between the pixel electrode and the substrate, and the touch metal line does not overlap the first via hole, and light incident from the lower side of the substrate passes through the first via hole without being reflected by the touch metal line electrically connected to the first via hole via the first transparent connection block.

US Pat. No. 10,394,352

TRIGGERING METHOD AND WIRELESS HANDHELD DEVICE

HUAWEI DEVICE CO., LTD., ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a touchscreen;
at least one processor connected to the touchscreen; and
a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program to be executed by the at least one processor, the program including instructions to:
detect a first click operation by a user on the touchscreen when the touchscreen is locked;
determine that a click frequency of the first click operation matches a preset click frequency;
start a first application installed in the electronic device, and display a first function interface of the first application in response to determining that the click frequency matches the preset click frequency;
detect a second click operation by the user on the touchscreen when the touchscreen is locked;
determine that a click intensity of the second click operation matches a preset click intensity; and
start a second application installed in the electronic device, and display a second function interface of the second application in response to determining that the click intensity matches the preset click intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,394,350

FABRICATED ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT ON TOUCH SENSOR SUBSTRATE

Atmel Corporation, Chand...

1. A device comprising:a flexible substrate comprising a main portion and a tail portion;
a touch sensor comprising flexible conductive material disposed on the main portion of the flexible substrate, wherein the flexible conductive material comprises at least one of anisotropic conductive paste (ACP), anisotropic conductive film (ACF), and conductive epoxy;
conductive tracks comprising flexible conductive material disposed on the flexible substrate, wherein the flexible conductive material comprises at least one of ACP, ACF, and conductive epoxy;
an electrical component bonded to the tail portion of the flexible substrate such that the electrical component is bonded to the flexible substrate on which the touch sensor is disposed, wherein the conductive tracks electrically couple the electrical component to the touch sensor;
a stiffener positioned opposite the electrical component on a side of the flexible substrate opposite a side of the flexible substrate on which the electrical component is disposed;
an electrically conductive material comprising at least one of a copper-based material, a silver-based material, and a carbon-based material, the electrically conductive material disposed above at least a portion of the conductive tracks and below the electrical component;
a plurality of bonding pads arranged on the flexible substrate in a pattern associated with a plurality of pins of the electrical component, wherein the bonding pads are bonded to the pins using the electrically conductive material; and
a plurality of electrical interconnects formed between the bonding pads and the pins by a plurality of conductive particles of the electrically conductive material;
wherein the touch sensor comprises a double-layer configuration with one or more electrodes disposed on a first surface of the flexible substrate and one or more electrodes disposed on a second surface of the flexible substrate opposite the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,394,349

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED SYNCHRONIZATION BETWEEN DEVICES

STMicroelectronics Asia P...

1. A synchronization detector, comprising:a receiver configured to receive a synchronization signal originating from a stylus external to the synchronization detector, the synchronization signal having a period and edges; and
a window generator configured to generate an activating signal for the receiver, the activating signal enabling the receiver to attempt detection during each of a plurality of time windows, the receiver being disabled outside each of the plurality of time windows, the plurality of time windows including:
a first time window for detecting a first subsequent synchronization signal edge in response to a first synchronization signal edge;
a second time window for detecting a second subsequent synchronization signal edge following the first subsequent synchronization signal edge in response to a failure to detect the first subsequent synchronization signal edge within the first time window, wherein the second time window has a duration that is greater than that of the first time window and that is related to the period of the synchronization signal; and
a third time window for detecting a third subsequent synchronization signal edge following the second subsequent synchronization edge signal in response to a failure to detect the second subsequent synchronization signal edge within the second time window, wherein the third time window has a duration that is greater than that of the second time window and that is related to the period of the synchronization signal;
a comparator configured to receive output from the receiver when the receiver is enabled, to compare that output to a reference threshold, to assert a detection signal when the output from the receiver is greater than the reference threshold, and to deassert the detection signal when the output from the receiver is less than the reference threshold; and
a counter receiving the detection signal, and configured to count a number of assertions of the detection signal.

US Pat. No. 10,394,348

ACTIVE STYLUS WITH MULTIPLE SENSORS FOR RECEIVING SIGNALS FROM A TOUCH SENSOR

Wacom Co., Ltd., Saitama...

1. A stylus comprising:a first sensor disposed proximate a first end of the stylus and adapted to receive a first receive signal via a first capacitive coupling with a touch sensor of a device, the first end of the stylus being at a tip-end of the stylus; and
a second sensor disposed proximate the first end of the stylus and adapted to receive a second receive signal via a second capacitive coupling with the touch sensor of the device;
wherein a proximity of the first sensor to the first end of the stylus is greater than a proximity of the second sensor to the first end of the stylus; and
wherein a largest radius of the first sensor is greater than a smallest radius of the second sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,394,347

CURVING MECHANISM FOR A PORTABLE MOUSE

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A portable mouse comprising:a main plate including a first plurality of fins on a first lengthwise side of the main plate and a second plurality of fins on a second lengthwise side of the main plate;
a first side plate and a second side plate coupled to the main plate, the first side plate including a plurality of slots, the plurality of slots slidably coupled to the first plurality of fins,
wherein the main plate is configured to bend from a flat position to a curved position when the first and second side plates are pulled away from the main plate.

US Pat. No. 10,394,346

USING A HARDWARE MOUSE TO OPERATE A LOCAL APPLICATION RUNNING ON A MOBILE DEVICE

Citrix Systems, Inc., Fo...

1. A method of operating a local application running on a mobile device, the method comprising:receiving, by processing circuitry of the mobile device, native mouse input from a hardware mouse communicating with the mobile device, the native mouse input being received in response to user operation of the hardware mouse;
translating, by the processing circuitry, the native mouse input into translated touchscreen input;
providing, by the processing circuitry, the translated touchscreen input to the local application running on the mobile device to control operation of the local application; and
in response to providing the translated touchscreen input to the local application, rendering visual output from the local application;wherein rendering visual output from the local application includes:modifying displayed content on a touchscreen of the mobile device;wherein the native mouse input includes a set of detected hardware mouse events;wherein translating the native mouse input into the translated touchscreen input includes:generating, as the translated touchscreen input, a set of touchscreen events based on the set of detected hardware mouse events;wherein generating the set of touchscreen events includes:providing a finger tap gesture in response to a first set of detected hardware mouse events,
providing a finger swipe gesture in response to a second set of detected hardware mouse events, and
providing a two-finger gesture in response to a third set of detected hardware mouse events; andwherein the method further comprises:detecting real touchscreen input via the touchscreen of the mobile device, and
providing the real touchscreen input to the local application running on the mobile device to further control operation of the local application.

US Pat. No. 10,394,345

LIDAR DISPLAY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving, by a computing system comprising one or more computing devices, one or more images for display;
receiving, by the computing system, first information representing conditions surrounding a vehicle;
receiving, by the computing system, second information representing an area in which the vehicle is located and a lawfully allowed maximum brightness for the area;
determining, by the computing system, a brightness of imagery associated with the one or more images for display, wherein the brightness does not exceed the lawfully allowed maximum brightness for the area; and
illuminating, by the computing system, one or more of a plurality of light emitting elements coupled to a rotational portion of a LIDAR device based at least in part on the conditions surrounding the vehicle, a rotational frequency of the LIDAR device, and the one or more images for display, wherein the one or more of the plurality of light emitting elements rotate at the rotational frequency of the LIDAR device and illuminate to display the imagery at the determined brightness.

US Pat. No. 10,394,344

CHARACTER INPUT ERROR CORRECTION

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving from a keyboard of a computer system character input by a user, the character input comprising character input errors by the user, the character input errors being input of incorrect characters by the user via the keyboard;
automatically identifying the character input errors of the character input and classifying the character input errors into one or more character error classifications, each character error classification of the one or more character error classifications corresponding to a respective visual transformation of input characters;
determining that a frequency of the identified and classified character input errors exceeds a predefined threshold confidence level for triggering application of keyboard corrections for user input; and
based on the determining, applying keyboard corrections for user input, the applying keyboard corrections comprising applying a correction to one or more characters displayed for or input by the user, the applied correction to the one or more characters being based on at least one of the one or more character error classifications into which the character input errors are classified, wherein the keyboard correction comprises, based on selection of a key of the keyboard, the key labeled with a character label representing a first character, providing a second character to the computer system different from the first character, the first and second characters being two characters that the user has interchanged when typing, as determined based on at least some of the identified character input errors.

US Pat. No. 10,394,342

APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR REPRESENTING USER INTERACTIONS WITH REAL-WORLD INPUT DEVICES IN A VIRTUAL SPACE

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A key assembly for a keyboard comprising:a key cap comprising:
a connector; and
a touch sensor that is communicatively coupled to a control device, wherein:
when the touch sensor senses a touch event, the touch sensor sends a touch signal to the control device; and
when the touch sensor senses an absence of touch, the touch sensor sends a control signal to the control device; and
a switch that is communicatively coupled to the control device and that is movable between a pressed position and an un-pressed position, the switch comprising a plunger that is movable between an extended position and a compressed position, wherein:
when the switch is in the pressed position, the plunger is in the compressed position and the switch sends a closed signal to the control device; and
when the switch is in the un-pressed position, the plunger is in the extended position and the switch sends an open signal to the control device;
wherein the control device:
receives, from the switch, a switch signal comprising at least one of:
the closed signal; or
the open signal; and
directs a head-mounted display to present, in a virtual space:
a visual representation of a fingertip; and
a visual representation of the key assembly; and
animates, when the switch signal includes the closed signal, an actuation of the visual representation of the key assembly by the visual representation of the fingertip by animating the visual representation of the fingertip moving the key assembly from the un-pressed position to the pressed position.

US Pat. No. 10,394,340

BACKLIT ILLUMINATION OF ELECTRONICS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A device comprising:an outer layer comprising a plurality of outer layer segments and at least one opening positioned between the outer layer segments, each outer layer segment of the plurality of outer layer segments comprising an outer layer segment perimeter;
a first adhesive layer comprising a plurality of adhesive material segments, each adhesive material segment comprising an adhesive material segment perimeter;
a second adhesive layer comprising a second adhesive material; and
a light guide, and
wherein the first adhesive layer is positioned between the outer layer and the light guide, and the light guide is positioned between the first adhesive layer and the second adhesive layer,
wherein each adhesive material segment of the plurality of adhesive material segments is positioned between an outer layer segment and the light guide such that the outer layer segment perimeter of the respective outer layer segment surrounds the adhesive material segment perimeter of the respective adhesive material segment as viewed in a direction from the outer layer to the light guide perpendicular a surface of the outer layer,
wherein light from the light guide can pass through the at least one opening in the outer layer,
wherein a surface of the light guide farthest from the outer layer comprises microfeatures configured to redirect light from a light source toward the at least one opening in the outer layer, and
wherein placement of the second adhesive material of the second adhesive layer is laterally displaced from a location of the microfeatures as viewed in the direction from the outer layer to the light guide perpendicular to the surface of the outer layer.

US Pat. No. 10,394,339

SENSOR, INPUT DEVICE, KEYBOARD, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A sensor, comprising:a conductor layer;
a sensor layer including a sensor unit, wherein the sensor unit includes a plurality of first electrode elements and a plurality of second electrode elements; and
a separating layer that separates the conductor layer from the sensor layer, wherein
the plurality of first electrode elements is alternately arranged with the plurality of second electrode elements,
the plurality of first electrode elements includes a first electrode element adjacent to a second electrode element of the plurality of second electrode elements,
the first electrode element and the second electrode element are on an end of the sensor unit,
the plurality of first electrode elements includes a third electrode element adjacent to a fourth electrode element of the plurality of second electrode elements,
the third electrode element and the fourth electrode element are in a central portion of the sensor unit,
a first clearance width between the first electrode element and the second electrode element on the end of the sensor unit is smaller than a second clearance width between the third electrode element and the fourth electrode element in the central portion of the sensor unit, and
sensitivity on the end of the sensor unit is higher than the sensitivity in the central portion of the sensor unit.

US Pat. No. 10,394,337

PARAMETER SETTING APPARATUS, AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, PARAMETER SETTING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Yamaha Corporation, Hama...

1. A parameter setting apparatus comprising:a real control adapted to detect modification operations by a user on the real control for modifying values of parameters;
a display device adapted to display virtual controls respectively corresponding to parameters and detect touches by the user on any of the virtual controls;
a processor adapted to:
select one from a group comprising a lock state and an unlock state,
assign, when a touch on a first virtual control of the virtual controls is detected in the unlock state, a first parameter corresponding to the touched first virtual control to the real control,
keep the assignment of the first parameter to the real control even when a touch on a second virtual control of the virtual controls is detected in the lock state,
modify a value of the first parameter assigned to the real control in response to a first modification operation on the real control while no touch on the virtual controls is detected, and
modify, while the first parameter other than a second parameter is assigned to the real control and the touch on the second virtual control of the virtual controls is detected in the lock state, a value of the second parameter corresponding to the touched second virtual control in response to a second modification operation on the real control.

US Pat. No. 10,394,336

OCULAR FOCUS SHARING FOR DIGITAL CONTENT

Comcast Cable Communicati...

1. An apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
cause display of an image via a first display device during a time period in which the image is displayed via a second display device;
determine a position, in the image displayed via the first display device, that a user is ocularly focused on;
determine a confidence value associated with the determined position; and
send information configured to cause display, via the second display device, of a visual indication of the position, wherein a location of the visual indication is based on the determined position, in the image displayed via the first display device, that the user is ocularly focused on, and wherein the visual indication is based on the confidence value.

US Pat. No. 10,394,335

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...

1. An electronic device comprising:a communication interface configured to communicate with a movement detection apparatus comprising a plurality of motion sensors, the plurality of motion sensors being configured to detect a predetermined movement comprising a plurality of motions of a user;
a display; and
a controller configured to activate one of the plurality of motion sensors when a procedure for performing operations displayed on the display is related to the predetermined movement, wherein
when the procedure for performing operations displayed on the display is related to one motion associated with a next step in the procedure for performing operations from among the plurality of motions, the controller activates one of the motion sensors that detects the one motion.

US Pat. No. 10,394,334

GESTURE-BASED CONTROL SYSTEM

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A method comprising:receiving image information about a hand from one or more imaging devices;
identifying the hand against a background from the received image information;
identifying, based on a geodesic image distance, a pose of the hand in the received image information by:
calculating the geodesic image distance between a plurality of extrema of the hand, wherein each extrema comprises a finger of the hand; and
determining a pose of the hand based on the geodesic image distance and the received image information;
recognizing that the identified pose of the hand is associated with one or more hand gestures of a plurality of hand gestures; and
generating a control command based on the recognized one or more hand gestures.

US Pat. No. 10,394,333

DISPLAY CONTROL CIRCUIT, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display control circuit for controlling a display panel, wherein the display control circuit comprises:a gesture identifying unit comprising a millimeter wave signal transceiver module and a gesture detection circuit, wherein the millimeter wave signal transceiver module is configured to transmit a first millimeter wave signal and receive a second millimeter wave signal that is reflected back, and the gesture detection circuit is configured to process and identify the second millimeter wave signal, to detect a gesture within a predetermined range around the display panel for the display control circuit to control the display panel based on the gesture.

US Pat. No. 10,394,332

SENSOR DESIGN FOR ENHANCED TOUCH AND GESTURE DECODING

MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY GERM...

1. A sensor arrangement for capacitive touch and non-touch detection, comprising a transmission electrode and a predefined number of receiving electrodes coupled with an evaluation unit, wherein the evaluation unit operates in a non-touch detection mode and in a touch detection mode, wherein the transmission electrode generates an alternating electric near field, andin the non-touch detection mode, the evaluation unit evaluates signals from the receiving electrodes to determine non-touch gestures or a three-dimensional position of an object; and
in the touch detection mode a surface touch detection area defined by the predefined number of electrodes is divided into a plurality of area segments wherein within each area segment at least two electrodes of the predefined number of electrodes contribute with a portion of their electrode surface area such that different electrode surface area ratios are formed for each of the plurality of area segments,
wherein at least one receiving electrode or the transmission electrode is formed by a plurality of electrode segments connected to form a single string of electrode segments and wherein the string of electrode segments is arranged to meander around at least one other receiving electrode or the transmission electrode thereby creating a plurality of turns wherein each turn encompasses an electrode segment of the at least one other receiving electrode or the transmission electrode, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,394,331

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR ESTABLISHING A COMMUNICATIVE COUPLING IN RESPONSE TO A GESTURE

BlackBerry Limited, Wate...

1. A method of operating a first electronic device, the method comprising:detecting at a first electronic device a gesture performed at the first electronic device using one or more input devices coupled to the first electronic device; and
outputting from the first electronic device, in response to the detecting the gesture, an activation signal to initiate communication with a second electronic device, the activation signal comprising data indicative of the gesture being detected at the first electronic device and a request to initiate communication between the first electronic device and the second electronic device, wherein the second electronic device outputs a response based on the second electronic device: detecting the gesture performed at the first electronic device using one or more input devices coupled to the second electronic device, generating data indicative of the gesture detected using the one or more input devices coupled to the second electronic device, and having stored, in advance of the performed gesture, data indicative of a predetermined gesture that matches the generated data.

US Pat. No. 10,394,330

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR FACILITATING WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS BASED ON IMPLICIT USER CUES

Qualcomm Incorporated, S...

1. An access terminal, comprising:a wireless communications interface;
a plurality of sensors; and
a processing circuit coupled to the communications interface and the plurality of sensors, the processing circuit adapted to:
detect user cues via the plurality of sensors, wherein the user cues correspond to at least two of an eye gaze, an audio cue, or a hand gesture;
determine that a predefined combination of at least two of the user cues detected via the plurality of sensors has occurred, the predefined combination of at least two of the user cues comprising at least an eye gaze user cue and a hand gesture user cue, each being directed towards a physical location of another user and indicating a desire by a user of the access terminal to terminate communication with the other user; and
automatically terminate, without further user input, a wireless communication link via the wireless communications interface with an access terminal associated with the other user in response to the predefined combination of at least two of the user cues;
determine that an additional predefined combination of at least two of the user cues has occurred; and
automatically send one or more transmissions over the wireless communication link to the access terminal associated with the other user in response to the additional predefined combination of at least two of the user cues prior to termination of the wireless communication link;
wherein the automatically sending of one or more transmissions over the wireless communication link to the access terminal associated with the other user comprises:
automatically transmit one or more messages comprising information obtained from the additional predefined combination of at least two of the user cues to the access terminal associated with the other user for display on the second access terminal as an overlay within a field-of-view of the second access terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,394,327

INTEGRATION OF AUXILIARY SENSORS WITH POINT CLOUD-BASED HAPTIC RENDERING AND VIRTUAL FIXTURES

University of Washington,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving first data about an environment at a computing device from a first group of one or more sensors, wherein the environment comprises a first object and a second object, wherein the first object comprises a robotic device, and wherein the first data comprises a plurality of data points related to the environment;
modeling the environment as a virtual environment using the computing device, wherein the virtual environment is based on the first data, and wherein the robotic device is controlled using the virtual environment of the computing device;
determining whether to obtain one or more additional data points for the plurality of data points to model the environment using the computing device by:
determining whether an object distance in the environment between the first object and the second object is within a predetermined distance, and
after determining that the object distance is within the predetermined distance, determining whether to obtain one or more additional data points for the plurality of data points to model a surface of the second object in the environment so that the first object avoids contacting the second object;
after determining to obtain additional data points for the plurality of data points to model the surface of the second object in the environment, using the computing device to:
receive second data about the environment, the second data comprising the one or more additional data points, and
model the environment as the virtual environment based on at least the second data; and
generating a display of the virtual environment using the computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,394,326

TACTILE SENSE PRESENTATION APPARATUS, SIGNAL GENERATION DEVICE, TACTILE SENSE PRESENTATION SYSTEM, AND TACTILE SENSE PRESENTATION METHOD

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A tactile sense presentation apparatus, comprising:a movable body;
an actuator unit connected to the movable body, the actuator unit comprising a first actuator; and
a signal generation unit configured to supply a driving signal to the first actuator such that the driving signal generates a vibration on the movable body, the vibration having, within a single vibration period of the movable body, a first amplitude and/or frequency during a first portion of the single vibration period in which the movable body is moved in a first direction and a second amplitude and/or frequency, different from the first amplitude and/or frequency, during a second portion of the single vibration period in which the movable body is moved in a second direction opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,394,310

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SLEEPING STATES USING NON-VOLATILE MEMORY COMPONENTS

Dell Products, LP, Round...

1. An information handling system, comprising:a processor; and
a memory device, the memory device storing code, the code when executed causing the processor to perform operations, the operations including:
establishing a cache memory as a system memory coupled to the processor, the cache memory implemented as a non-volatile dual inline memory module;
receiving an S4 input associated with a request to sleep operation;
generating a restoration file in the cache memory in response to the S4 input associated with the request to sleep operation; and
terminating electrical power supplied to the cache memory after the restoration file is generated in the cache memory.

US Pat. No. 10,394,307

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor configured to control a system of the information processing apparatus;
a power source controller configured to perform control of power supply to the system and to turn off a power source of the power source controller in standby mode in which power of the processor is turned off and in which at least one function of the power source controller is turned off;
a memory configured to store information in standby mode;
a memory controller configured to control the memory, a power source of the memory controller being turned off in standby mode;
a power supply configured to supply power to the memory in standby mode,
wherein the power source controller includes a region that draws power from a first power source system and a region that draws power from a second power source system, and the region that draws power from the second power source system includes functions of the power source controller that are turned off in standby mode, and
wherein the power supply draws power from the first power source system to supply power to the memory in standby mode; and
a chipset including an independently powered Real-Time-Clock (RTC) that sets a wake time to turn on the processor, wherein
the processor obtains the set wake time when the RTC sets the wake time,
the processor transmits the set wake time to the power source controller,
the power source controller is configured to set an internal wake time prior to the set wake time,
the power source of the power source controller is turned off in standby mode until the internal wake time, and
the power source controller turns on a power source of the chipset at a time before the set wake time.

US Pat. No. 10,394,306

RECORDING MEDIUM AND CRADLE APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium storing a cradle control program for executing steps on a CPU of a cradle apparatus including an attach/detach part configured to allow attachment of a printer in an information transmittable/receivable manner, a connection part configured to be wired in an information transmittable/receivable manner to an operation terminal for operating said printer, and said CPU, said steps comprising:an attachment determination step for determining whether or not said printer is attached to said attach/detach part,
an information acquisition step for acquiring connection identification information of said printer in a case that, in said attachment determination step, it is determined said printer is attached,
a connection establishing step for establishing a communication connection with said operation terminal via said connection part after acquiring said connection identification information in said information acquisition step,
an information transmission step for transmitting to said operation terminal, said connection identification information acquired in said information acquisition step after establishing said communication connection in said connection establishing step, and
a power supply start step for starting power supply to said printer in the case that, in said attachment determination step, it is determined said printer is attached,
an activation determination step for determining whether or not said printer is activated after said power supply start step, and
said information acquisition step in a case that, in said activation determination step, it is determined said printer is activated, or a power supply stop step for stopping power supply to said printer started in said power supply start step in a case that, in said activation determination step, it is determined that said printer is not being activated.

US Pat. No. 10,394,305

MEMORY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A memory system comprising:a storage device including a first interface circuit configured to be connected to a processor and a second interface circuit distinct from the first interface circuit; and
a memory device including a third interface circuit configured to be connected to the processor based on a DRAM interface, a fourth interface circuit configured to be distinct from the third interface circuit and configured to be connected to the second interface circuit, and a random access memory divided into a first memory area and a second memory area,
wherein the first memory area is accessed by the processor through the third interface circuit and the second memory area is accessed by the storage device through the second interface circuit and the fourth interface circuit;
wherein the storage device comprises:
a controller including the first interface circuit; and
a nonvolatile memory including the second interface circuit, the controller being configured to control operation of the nonvolatile memory.

US Pat. No. 10,394,304

OPTIMIZED POWER TRANSITIONS BASED ON USER OR PLATFORM CONDITIONS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computing system comprising:a memory;
one or more processors; and
one or more non-volatile computer-readable media having stored thereon instructions that are executable by the one or more processors to configure the computing system to hibernate, including instructions that are executable to configure the computing system to:
detect that the non-volatile computer-readable media have no penalty for disk seeks such that random non-contiguous I/O operations have the same relative cost as contiguous I/O operations, wherein the non-volatile computer-readable media comprises a page file and a hibernate file;
detect a trigger indicating that the computing system is to be put into a hibernate state; and
as a result of detecting that the computing system comprises non-volatile computer-readable media with no penalty for disk seeks and the trigger, perform hibernation to hibernate the computing system in a way that reduces a resume time of the computing system from hibernate from an anticipated resume time, wherein to reduce the resume time is performed by selecting a portion of memory content in the memory to be stored in the page file instead of the hibernate file.

US Pat. No. 10,394,303

LOCATION-BASED RANKING OF SEARCH RESULTS ON ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKS

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method for disambiguating similar search results, the method comprising, by one or more computing systems:accessing, by the one or more computing systems, a social graph comprising a plurality of nodes and a plurality of edges connecting the nodes, each of the edges between two of the nodes representing a single degree of separation between them, the nodes comprising:
a first node corresponding to a first user associated with an online social network; and
a plurality of second nodes that each correspond to a concept or a second user associated with the online social network;
receiving, at the one or more computing systems from a client system of the first user, a search query from the first user;
generating, by the one or more computing systems, one or more search results corresponding to the search query, wherein each search result corresponds to a node of the plurality of second nodes;
accessing, by the one or more computing systems, a first location history of the first node, wherein the first location history of the first node comprises:
a first set of geographic locations of the first user; and
one or more timestamps each corresponding to one of the first set of geographic locations;
accessing, by the one or more computing systems, one or more second location histories of the one or more second nodes corresponding to the one or more search results, wherein each second location history of each second node comprises:
a second set of geographic locations of second user corresponding to the second node; and
one or more timestamps each corresponding to one of the second set of geographic locations;
calculating, by the one or more computing systems, a proximity coefficient for each search result corresponding to one of the second plurality of nodes, wherein the proximity coefficient is calculated based on a sum of distances between the first set of geographic locations corresponding to the first node and the second set of geographic locations corresponding to the one of the second nodes during a time interval defined by the one or more timestamps of first location history of the first node and the one or more timestamps of second location history of the second node;
scoring, by the one or more computing systems, each of the search results based on the corresponding proximity coefficient to disambiguate similar search results; and
sending, from the one or more computing systems to the client system of the first user, instructions for presenting one or more of the search results to the first user based on the scores of the respective search results.

US Pat. No. 10,394,301

PER-SCREEN ON SESSION POWER CONSUMPTION PROFILING

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computer system comprising:at least one computing processor; and
a computer-readable storage medium having stored thereon computer executable instructions which, when executed by the computing processor, cause the computer system to:
determine a start of a user-interaction session with a device;
generate a session identifier based upon the start of the user-interaction session;
broadcast the session identifier for receipt by a power consuming component of the device;
receive from the power consuming component, aggregated power consumption data including the session identifier;
store the power consumption data with the session identifier;
parse the power consumption data according to the session identifier;
add parsed power consumption data to a power consumption report; and
communicate the power consumption report for display.

US Pat. No. 10,394,299

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO SEPARATE POWER DOMAINS IN A PROCESSING DEVICE

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A system comprising:a processing core built on a semiconductor substrate, the processing core having a first sub core and a second sub core, each of the first and second sub cores configured to perform a processing function; and
a plurality of power rails traversing a dimension of the processing core and spanning from the first sub core to the second sub core, each of the power rails being configured to provide an operating voltage to the first and second sub cores, and
a plurality of power breaking cells defining a boundary between the first and second sub cores at points where the power rails span from the first sub core to the second sub core,
wherein the boundary between the first sub core and the second sub core is irregularly shaped, and
wherein each of the first and second sub cores corresponds to a respective power domain, and wherein each power rail includes a conductive line for ground (VSS) and a conductive line for power source (VDD), wherein the conductive lines for VDD include discontinuities provided by the power breaking cells, wherein each of the discontinuities includes a floating gate and a doped region.

US Pat. No. 10,394,296

DATA STORAGE DEVICE FOR A DEVICE ACCESSORY

SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first interface of an accessory of a wireless device, the first interface configured to communicate with the wireless device using a wired communication technique;
a second interface of the accessory, the second interface configured to communicate with the wireless device using a wireless communication technique;
a data storage device of the accessory; and
a controller of the accessory, the controller coupled to the first interface, to the second interface, and to the data storage device, the controller configured to activate the first interface in response to a message received via the second interface and to enable read access or write access to the data storage device by the wireless device via the first interface in response to the message, wherein the message corresponds to a wakeup message.

US Pat. No. 10,394,295

STREAMLINED PHYSICAL RESTART OF SERVERS METHOD AND APPARATUS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus for computing, including streamlined physical reset, comprising:one or more processor cores;
memory having a plurality of memory locations; and
a basic input/output system (BIOS) to provide basic input/output system services, wherein the BIOS stays within a range of memory locations during each initialization of the BIOS, including an initialization of the BIOS that is part of a physical reset of the apparatus, to streamline the physical reset.

US Pat. No. 10,394,294

PREDICTIVE THERMAL CONTROL MANAGEMENT USING TEMPERATURE AND POWER SENSORS

MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCO...

1. A power controller, comprising instructions, the instructions, when loaded and executed by a processor, cause the processor to:receive a power consumption value indicating power consumption of an electronic device;
receiving a temperature and a temperature setpoint value of the electronic device;
determine, based on the power consumption value and a stored previous power consumption value, a change value representing an amount that power consumption of the electronic device changed from a previous power consumption of the electronic device;
determine an output cooling control value using a proportional-integrative-derivative control loop receiving said device temperature and said temperature setpoint value;
adjusting the output cooling control value by subtracting a value based on the change value from an integrative accumulator of the PID control loop; and
control an output for cooling the electronic device using the output cooling control value.

US Pat. No. 10,394,293

METHOD FOR PREVENTING OVER-HEATING OF A DEVICE WITHIN A DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM

Lenovo Enterprise Solutio...

6. A method comprising:determining whether or not a power status of an information processing system is set to turn on a main power of a power supply device, wherein said information processing system includes a target device, wherein said information processing system includes a fan for reducing temperature of said target device, and said fan is provided with a Vital Product Data (VPD) that stores a plurality of fan tables, each of the plurality of fan tables related to a particular power status;
in response to a determination that said power status of said information processing system is set to turn on a main power of a power supply device while said information processing system is in an operational status S0, turning on power of the fan, loading an S0 fan table retrieved from the VPD of the fan, and operating the fan according to said S0 fan table;
in response to a determination that said power status of said information processing system is not set to turn on a main power of a power supply device, determining whether or not said target device is set to operate based on a user's setting;
in response to the determination that said power status of said information processing system is not set to turn on the main power of the power supply device and in response to a determination that said target device is set to operate based on said user's setting, turning on a power switch of said target device;
in response to the determination that said power status of said information processing system is not set to turn on the main power of the power supply device and in response to a determination that said target device is not set to operate based on said user's setting, turning off said power switch of said target device;
in response to the determination that said power status of said information processing system is not set to turn on the main power of the power supply device, in response to the determination that said target device is set to operate based on said user's setting, and in response to turning on said power switch of said target device, determining, by accessing the plurality of fan tables stored in the VPD of the fan, whether or not said fan supports an S3 (suspend status)/S4 (hibernate status)/S5 (soft off status); and
in response to a determination, via accessing the plurality of fan tables stored in the VPD of the fan, that said fan supports said S3 (suspend status)/S4 (hibernate status)/S5 (soft off status), turning on said fan, loading an S3/S4/S5 fan table retrieved from the VPD, and operating the fan according to the S3/S4/S5 fan table.

US Pat. No. 10,394,292

CRYOGENIC COMPUTING SYSTEM WITH THERMAL MANAGEMENT USING A METAL PREFORM

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computing system comprising:a first substrate having a first surface with first plurality of superconducting components attached to the first surface;
a second substrate having a second surface with a second plurality of superconducting components attached to the second surface;
a first heat sink having a first surface and a first plurality of recesses formed in the first surface such that each of the first plurality of recesses is configured to provide a space to accommodate at least a portion of a first superconducting component from among the first plurality of superconducting components;
a second heat sink having a second surface and a second plurality of recesses formed in the second surface such that each of the second plurality of recesses is configured to provide a space to accommodate at least a portion of a second superconducting component from among the second plurality of superconducting components;
a first metal preform bonded to at least a first portion of the first heat sink, wherein the first metal preform is configured to conform to the at least the portion of the first superconducting component when the first superconducting component is pressed against the first metal preform and hold shape even after a first pressure on the first metal preform is relieved; and
a second metal preform bonded to at least a second portion of the second heat sink, wherein the second metal preform is configured to conform to the at least the portion of the first superconducting component when the second superconducting component is pressed against the second metal preform and hold shape even after a second pressure on the second metal preform is relieved.

US Pat. No. 10,394,289

CARD RISER

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An information handling system comprising:a processor;
a memory communicatively coupled to the processor;
a connector communicatively coupled to the processor and configured to receive an information handling resource; and
a riser configured to provide mechanical support to the information handling resource when the information handling resource is received in the connector, wherein the riser is configured to accept a first type of information handling resource having a first length along a selected direction, and a second type of information handling resource having a second length along the selected direction, the second length being greater than the first length, the riser including:
a fixed portion fixedly coupleable to the information handling system; and
a rear portion rotatably coupled to the fixed portion, wherein the rear portion includes a slidable member configured to slide from a first position to a second position along the selected direction, the first position allowing the riser to accept the first type of information handling resource, and the second position allowing the riser to accept the second type of information handling resource.

US Pat. No. 10,394,288

ALIGNMENT MEMBERS

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. A module board assembly, comprising:an alignment member including:
a frame member including a set of roller bushings;
a stiffener member including a set of cam members;
a bracket member to receive the stiffener member; and
a spring member connected to the stiffener member to apply force to the stiffener member based on the vertical position of the stiffener member relative to the bracket member, which is controlled by the horizontal position of the set of roller bushings relative to the stiffener member; and
a module board connected to the stiffener member.

US Pat. No. 10,394,285

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DEFORMATION AND HAPTIC EFFECTS

Immersion Corporation, S...

1. A method comprising:receiving one or more sensor signals from a plurality of sensors, the sensor signals indicating a plurality of grasping contacts with a device, pressures associated with the plurality of grasping contacts, and locations of each of grasping contact of the plurality of grasping contacts on the device;
receiving one or more further sensor signals indicating pressures associated with other locations on the device;
determining a deformation effect based on the pressures associated with the plurality of grasping contacts, the locations of the plurality of grasping contacts, and the pressures associated with the other locations on the device, the deformation effect configured to cause a change in a shape of the device; and
outputting the deformation effect to a deformation device configured to change the shape of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,394,284

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIVING THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. An electronic device comprising:first to n-th display panels; and
a shaft,
wherein n is a natural number of 4 or more,
wherein the first to n-th display panels are flexible,
wherein each of the first to n-th display panels comprises a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface,
wherein the first surface is provided with a first display portion,
wherein the second surface is provided with a second display portion,
wherein the shaft comprises an operating circuit,
wherein the first to n-th display panels are electrically connected to the operating circuit, and
wherein each of the first to n-th display panels are projected from the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,394,283

DISPLAY SYSTEM AND RELATED METHOD

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A display system comprising:a first display apparatus, which comprises a first image-display surface;
a second display apparatus, which comprises a second image-display surface, wherein at least one of the first image-display surface and the second image-display surface is configured to perform at least one of extending and bending in response to and subsequent to at least one of a first condition and a second condition, wherein the first condition is related to that the second image-display surface moves relative to the first image-display surface, wherein the second condition is related to that a distance between the first image-display surface and the second image-display surface becomes equal to a predetermined length, wherein the second image-display surface is configured to extend toward the first image-display surface responsive to the at least one of the first condition and the second condition to reduce a space between the first image-display surface and the second image-display surface in a plane, and wherein the first image-display surface and the second image-display surface are coplanar in the plane before the second image-display surface extends toward the first image-display surface.

US Pat. No. 10,394,282

FOLDABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A foldable electronic device comprising:a first body;
a second body;
a connection part configured to connect the first body to the second body so that the first body and the second body are rotatable to a first state in which the first and second bodies are unfolded and to a second state in which the first and second bodies overlap each other;
a flexible display element that passes over the connection part and is supported by the first and second bodies;
a roller that is rotatably installed at an end of the first body and fixed to an end of the flexible display element;
a sensor configured to detect an angular displacement of the roller; and
a controller configured to receive a detection signal from the sensor, and to determine a display area of the flexible display element in the first state or the second state,
wherein the flexible display element is located at an outer circumference of the first body, the second body, and the connection part in the second state,wherein a part of the flexible display element is rolled around the roller in the first state,wherein the controller is further configured to drive the determined display area of the flexible display element, and to not drive an area of the flexible display element rolled around the roller, andwherein one end of the flexible display element including a plurality of protruding parts is fixed to a plurality of concave parts formed on a surface of the roller.

US Pat. No. 10,394,281

DISPLAY COVER PANEL WITH INSERT MOLDING

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A method for forming a display cover panel for portable information handling systems, comprising:forming an outer panel that is an exterior of a display included in a portable information handling system, wherein the outer panel includes a molding tab that extends in a first direction towards a display surface of the display, wherein the molding tab is located next to an external edge of the outer panel, and wherein the molding tab has a height H and a width B;
co-molding an insert molding to the outer panel at the molding tab, wherein the molding tab is covered by the insert molding over the height H and the width B, wherein the insert molding includes a polymer that is bonded with the outer panel during the co-molding; and wherein:
the display has a minimum diagonal size of 12 inches;
a maximum thickness T of the insert molding when bonded to the molding tab is less than 2 mm and a first dimensionless ratio of H to B is at least 1.8;
a first bonding strength of the insert molding bonded with the outer panel at the molding tab is sufficient to withstand at least 45 Newtons force applied in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction at the external edge;
the insert molding has a first portion covering the molding tab at the external edge having a thickness A;
the insert molding has a second portion covering the molding tab at an internal edge of the outer panel having a thickness C;
the insert molding has a minimum thickness given by (A+B+C); and
a second dimensionless ratio of H to (A+B+C) is at least 0.8.

US Pat. No. 10,394,280

WEARABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND COMPONENTS THEREOF

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A wearable electronic device, comprising:a die having a plurality of conductive contacts thereon;
a mold compound, wherein the die is embedded in and is fully surrounded by the mold compound, wherein the mold compound comprises at least first, second, and third outer surfaces, wherein the first, second and third outer surfaces are different from each other, wherein the first outer surface comprises a substantially cylindrical shape, wherein the second and third outer surfaces comprise a substantially identical shape, to form, together with the first surface, a cylinder-shaped mold surrounding the die;
a plurality of conductive pads located at the first, second, and third outer surfaces of the mold compound; and
a plurality of interconnects to connect the conductive contacts of the die with corresponding conductive pads located at the first, second, and third outer surfaces of the mold compound.

US Pat. No. 10,394,278

INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM WITH THIN FLEX HINGE

Dell Products, LP, Round...

1. An information handling system comprising:a flex hinge including:
a first flexible sheet that bends at a different radius than a second flexible sheet when the flex hinge is transitioned from a first position to a second position;
a flexible neutral sheet located between the first and second flexible sheets;
a first mounting bracket fixing each of the flexible sheets to a first portion of the information handling system;
a friction linkage engaged with slots within the first and second flexible sheets; and
a second mounting bracket coupling the flexible neutral sheet to a second portion of the information handling system; and
an organic light emitting diode connected to the flex hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,394,277

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH MULTI-ANGLE CRADLING

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a first housing having a first cover disposed in a first direction and a second cover disposed in a second direction opposite the first direction;
a second housing having a third cover disposed in a third direction and a fourth cover disposed in a fourth direction opposite the third direction;
at least one first magnetic body forming a portion of the first housing;
at least one second magnetic body forming a portion of the second housing, and configured to apply a force for maintaining a rotatably connected state of the second housing to the first housing using a magnetic force with the first magnetic body;
a first sliding member forming a portion of the first housing, and
a second sliding member forming a portion of the second housing to face the first sliding member such that the second housing is configured to be obliquely cradled to the first housing by being in contact with the first sliding member.

US Pat. No. 10,394,274

FLEXIBLE ELECTRONIC DISPLAY DEVICES

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A flexible electronic device comprising:a display unit having a continuous display area extending across a first section, a second section, and a transition section of the flexible electronic device; and
a sensor configured to identify a position of the first section of the flexible electronic device relative to the second section of the flexible electronic device,
a docking port positioned in the transition section such that the flexible electronic device is configured to physically dock with an external docking station,
wherein the transition section is positioned between the first section and the second section, and
wherein the flexible electronic device is configured to bend about a first axis positioned in a same plane as a center of the transition section, at a distance greater than zero from a first surface of the flexible electronic device positioned in the plane,
wherein the flexible electronic device is configured to bend about a second axis positioned in the plane at a distance greater than zero from a second surface of the flexible electronic device positioned in the plane,
wherein the second surface is an opposite external surface from the first surface, and
wherein the display unit is configured to display a touchscreen keyboard within the first section and a task bar or plurality of shortcut keys within the transition section when the sensor identifies that the first section and the second section are not coplanar.

US Pat. No. 10,394,273

CIRCUIT DEVICE, OSCILLATOR, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND VEHICLE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A circuit device comprising:an oscillation circuit that causes a resonator to oscillate;
a clock signal output circuit that outputs a clock signal based on an output signal from the oscillation circuit; and
an output control circuit that controls output from the clock signal output circuit,
wherein the output control circuit includes:
a counter circuit that performs a counting process based on the output signal from the oscillation circuit, and
a count enable signal generation circuit that outputs a count enable signal for the counter circuit, and
wherein the counter circuit starts the counting process when the count enable signal becomes active, and outputs an output enable signal for the clock signal to the clock signal output circuit based on a result of the counting process, and
wherein the count enable signal generation circuit monitors an amplitude of the output signal from the oscillation circuit and enables the counter circuit when the amplitude exceeds a predetermined voltage, and wherein the counter circuit outputs an output enable signal a predetermined period subsequent to the amplitude exceeding the predetermined voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,394,271

FORCE FEEDBACK HANDLE DEVICE WITH A DEGREE-OF-FREEDOM AND WORKING METHOD THEREOF

BEIHANG UNIVERSITY, Beij...

1. A force feedback handle device with a degree-of-freedom, comprising: a driving part (1), a link part (2) and a frame part (3); wherein the driving part (1) and the link part (2) are both installed on a top board (9), and a rotation axis of the link part (2) coincides with a rotation axis of the driving part (1); the driving part (1), the link part (2) and the frame part (3) are fixed and connected by bolts;wherein the driving part (1) comprises a first encoder (4), a motor (5), a reducer (6), and a dynamic physical constraint (8); wherein the dynamic physical constraint (8) is connected to an output shaft of the reducer (6), the motor (5) is connected to an end of the reducer (6), the first encoder (4) is connected to an end of the motor (5), and the reducer (6) is installed on the top board (9), in such a manner that the driving part (1) is mounted on the top board (9) as a whole; the motor (5) drives the reducer (6) to rotate, so as to drive the dynamic physical constraint (8) to rotate; a rotation angle of the motor (5) is measured by the first encoder (4), and a rotation angle of the dynamic physical constraint (8) is calculated according to a reduction ratio;
wherein in the driving part (1), the first encoder (4) is an optical encoder, a potentiometer or a rotary transformer; the motor (5) is a DC motor; the reducer (6) is a harmonic reducer without backlash; a shape of the dynamic physical constraint (8) comprises two columns, wherein a through-hole is drilled along a column axis direction and cooperates with the output shaft of the reducer (6) for installation; a slot is radically cut on a smaller column of the two columns, and a screw hole is drilled on a side of the smaller column; a larger column of the two columns has a slot, and a width of the slot is wider than the link (11) by a predetermined value, in such a manner that the link (11) rotates freely within a predetermined angle; a symmetric axis of the slot vertically intersects with an axis of the through-hole;
wherein the link part (2) comprises a first dowel pin (10), the link (11), a spacer (12), a bearing (13), a link holder (14), a second dowel pin (15), a second encoder (16), a flange (17), a link shaft (18), and a force sensor (19); wherein the bearing (13) is installed on the link holder (14), the link shaft (18) is installed on an inner race of the bearing (13); the link (11) is installed on the link shaft (18); the force sensor (19) is installed on an end of the link (11); a first side of the flange (17) is mounted on a bottom surface of the link holder (14), and a second side of the flange (17) is connected to an end surface of the second encoder (16); the second encoder (16) is mounted on the link holder (14) through the flange (17), and an output shaft of the second encoder (16) is connected to the link shaft (18); the first dowel pin (10) is installed on the top board (9) for determining a relative position of the link holder (14) and the top board (9); the second dowel pin (15) is installed on the link holder (14) and arranged at a rotation limit position of the link (11), in such a manner that when the link (11) reaches a rotation limit, the second dowel pin (15) as a mechanical limit prevents the link (11) from further rotating; the link holder (14) is connected to the top board (9) through bolts, in such a manner that the link part (2) is mounted on the top board (9) as a whole; the link (11) is pushed by a user hand for driving the link shaft (18) to rotate, so as to drive the second encoder (16) to rotate; wherein a rotation angle of the link (11) is measured by the second encoder (16); the force sensor (19) comprises two 1-dimensional force sensors, so as to detect a user hand force applied on the end of the link (11);
wherein in the link part (2), the first dowel pin (10) is a column pin; the link (11) is a cuboid, and a through-hole is drilled at the end of the link (11), which cooperates with the link shaft (18) for installation; an axis of the through-hole vertically intersects with a symmetric center line of the link (11); the spacer (12) is a ring; the bearing (13) is a deep groove ball bearing; the link holder (14) is a column holder, a first end of the column holder has an end surface, and a bearing hole and a pin shaft hole are drilled on the end surface of the column holder; the bearing (13) cooperates with the bearing hole for installation; the second dowel pin (15) cooperates with the pin hole for installation; the second dowel pin (15) is the column pin; the second encoder (16) is the optical encoder, the potentiometer or the rotary transformer; the flange (17) is U-shaped with two circular holes drilled at two end surfaces of the flange (17); three light holes are respectively arranged around each of the two circular holes; the link shaft (18) is a stepped shaft, a screw hole is drilled on a shaft segment with a smaller diameter, and a light hole is drilled on a shaft segment with a larger diameter; the force sensor (19) is 1-dimensional, an exterior contour of the force sensor (19) is rectangular;
wherein the frame part (3) comprises the top board (9) and two side boards (20); wherein the two side boards (20) are arranged at two sides of the top board (9), and the top board (9) is mounted at top portions of the two side boards (20); the frame part (3) has an inverted U-shape;
wherein the top board (9) is a rectangle, and a rabbet and two evenly distributed light holes are provided at two ends of each narrow edge; a through-hole is drilled at a center of the rectangle, which cooperates with an end surface of the reducer (6) for installation; the side boards (2) are L-shaped with screw holes at top ends and through-holes at bottom ends.

US Pat. No. 10,394,270

FRACTIONAL TURN COIL WINDING

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A voltage multiplying circuit comprising:an individual power source having a voltage V;
an individual switch coupled to the individual power source; and
a load coupled through the individual switch to the individual power source, the load comprising a single turn coil having a number N of coil arc sections that divide the single turn coil into electrically discreet arc segments, wherein the N coil arc sections are coupled in parallel to the individual switch, wherein a sum of the N coil arc sections equals a single turn and a loop voltage of the load equals the voltage V multiplied by the number N of coil arc sections.

US Pat. No. 10,394,269

PHOTONIC HARVESTING STRING CONFIGURATION

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method, comprising:utilizing at least one processor to execute computer code that performs the steps of:
receiving photovoltaic output from a solar module, the solar module comprising a plurality of solar panels electronically connected together by a plurality of strings, wherein each of the plurality of solar panels is assigned to only one of the plurality of strings, and wherein the photovoltaic output corresponding to any given one of the strings is limited by the lowest performing solar panel in said given one of the strings;
determining a reflection profile for the solar module, wherein the reflection profile describes an illumination pattern of light incident onto the solar module; and
increasing, based upon the determined reflection profile, the photovoltaic output of the solar module to match a requested photovoltaic output, wherein the increasing comprises electrically reassigning one or more solar panels within the solar module from one string to a different string, such that each string electrically ties together solar panels that produce a photovoltaic output within a predetermined range of each other.

US Pat. No. 10,394,266

ENERGY CONSUMPTION ASSESSMENT

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:determining a process similarity between a target production process and a candidate production process based on energy consumption units (ECUs) involved in the target production process and the candidate production process, wherein determining the process similarity comprises:
determining, from a pool of critical ECUs, a first set of critical ECUs involved in the target production process, the pool of the critical ECUs being obtained based on a plurality of reference production processes, wherein obtaining the pool of critical ECUs by:
creating, by utilizing a computing device, a topology for each of the plurality of reference production processes, and
identifying an ECU as a critical ECU, wherein the topology for each of the plurality of reference production processes is broken without the ECU;
determining, from the pool of critical ECUs, a second set of critical ECUs involved in the candidate production process, wherein one or more identified critical ECUs are automatically added into the pool of critical ECUs;
determining, from a pool of non-critical ECUs, a first set of non-critical ECUs involved in the target production process, the pool of the non-critical ECUs being obtained based on the plurality of reference production processes;
determining, from the pool of non-critical ECUs, a second set of non-critical ECUs involved in the candidate production process; and
determining the process similarity based on comparing the number of critical ECUs shared in the first and second sets of critical ECUs and the number of non-critical ECUs shared in the first and second sets of critical ECUs, wherein the number of critical ECUs shared are weighted higher relative to the number of non-critical ECUs shared;
in response to the process similarity being greater than a first threshold, correlating an energy consumption similarity between the target production process and the candidate production process based on a factor that has influence on energy consumption of at least one of the ECUs; and
in response to the energy consumption similarity being greater than a second threshold, identifying, by utilizing a benchmark identifying module in the computing device, the candidate production process as a benchmark for assessing energy consumption of the target production process.

US Pat. No. 10,394,265

PROGRAMMABLE POWER SUPPLIES FOR CELLULAR BASE STATIONS AND RELATED METHODS OF REDUCING POWER LOSS IN CELLULAR SYSTEMS

CommScope Technologies LL...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a measurement circuit having an input and an output;
wherein the input is configured to be proximate to and coupled to a first end of a power cable proximate to at least one remote radio head coupled to the power cable;
wherein the output is configured to be coupled to a programmable power supply that is coupled to a second end of the power cable, where the second end is opposite the first end, where the programmable power supply is configured to receive DC power from another power supply;
wherein the measurement circuit is configured to measure the voltage on the power cable proximate to the at least one remote radio head; and
wherein the programmable power supply is configured to have its output voltage adjusted in response to the measured voltage, and to vary the voltage at the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,394,263

ULTRA LOW POWER LINEAR VOLTAGE REGULATOR

NXP USA, Inc., Austin, T...

1. A method for voltage regulation comprising:reducing a power consumption of a voltage regulator during an IDLE phase, by disabling a feedback loop configured to regulate an internal voltage to a multiple of a reference voltage in response to the voltage regulator receiving a digital signal from a digital circuit, the internal voltage proportional to an external voltage supplied to the digital circuit; and
increasing a regulated accuracy of the external voltage during a MEASUREMENT phase by enabling the feedback loop in response to the voltage regulator receiving the digital signal from the digital circuit, wherein the IDLE phase comprises:
storing a gate voltage on a gate of a transistor, the transistor supplying the external voltage to the digital circuit, the external voltage being less than a supply voltage,
latching a first state of a pull-up transistor, the pull-up transistor changing the external voltage to the supply voltage in response to a difference between the supply voltage and the gate voltage being less than an offset voltage,
latching a second state of an internal Power On Reset (POR) signal, the internal POR signal holding the digital circuit in a reset state while the internal voltage is less than the reference voltage,
disabling a bandgap reference configured to provide the reference voltage, and
disabling the feedback loop in response to disabling the bandgap reference.

US Pat. No. 10,394,260

GATE BOOSTING CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR AN INTEGRATED POWER STAGE

SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED, ...

1. A gate driver comprising:an output stage comprising an n-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor (NMOS) pull-up transistor and an NMOS pull-down transistor, wherein the NMOS pull-up transistor and the NMOS pull-down transistor are coupled at an output node;
a bootstrap circuit comprising a main bootstrap capacitor, wherein the bootstrap capacitor provides a supply voltage for driving the NMOS pull-up transistor;
a high voltage generator coupled with the main bootstrap capacitor via a transistor switch; and
a replica bootstrap circuit comprising a replica bootstrap capacitor, wherein the replica bootstrap capacitor generates a reference voltage that regulates a drain current of the transistor switch, and wherein the regulated drain current of the transistor switch charges the main bootstrap capacitor from the high voltage generator;
wherein the replica bootstrap circuit further comprises a first voltage source and a first diode, the first voltage source configured to charge the replica bootstrap capacitor via the first diode when the first diode is forward biased.

US Pat. No. 10,394,259

CURRENT LIMITING ELECTRONIC FUSE CIRCUIT

STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L....

1. A circuit, comprising:a power transistor configured to deliver an output current to a load;
a sense transistor configured to generate a sense current proportional to the output current;
a differential amplifier circuit having an output configured to generate a drive voltage applied to control terminals of the power transistor and the sense transistor in response to a difference between a first input signal and a second input signal;
a comparator circuit configured to compare the drive voltage to a switching reference voltage and generate a switch control logic signal; and
a switchable circuit configured to change the first input signal in response to the switch control logic signal, said switchable circuit comprising a switchable resistance circuit connected in series with the sense transistor to receive the sense current and generate a voltage as said first input signal in response to the sense current, said switchable resistance circuit having a first resistance in response to a first logic state of the switch control logic signal and a second resistance in response to a second logic state of the switch control logic signal.

US Pat. No. 10,394,258

PRESSURE MAINTAINING VALVE FOR A REVERSIBLE CONNECTION TO AN AIR LINE

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche ...

1. A pressure-maintaining valve for a reversible connection to an air line, said valve comprising:a basic body with an inlet opening, an outlet opening for accommodating the air line, and a fluid chamber which connects the inlet opening to the outlet opening in a fluid-communicating manner,
a piston arranged in the inlet opening and mounted movably between a sealing position, an equalizing position and a release position, the piston having an annular groove with a piston sealing surface and a piston release surface,
wherein, in the sealing position, a sealant is arranged in a sealing manner between the piston sealing surface and a basic body sealing surface,
in the equalizing position an equalizing line arranged in the piston bypasses the sealant in a fluid-communicating manner, wherein the equalizing line has at least one line inlet in the annular groove, and,
in the release position, the piston release surface is lifted off the sealant from the basic body sealing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,394,255

DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MONITORING FRICTIONAL BEHAVIOR IN A CONTROL LOOP

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A diagnostic device for operating a control loop having a controlled system comprising a valve as an actuator, the diagnostic device comprising:a data memory storing temporal sequences of data for a setpoint, a manipulated variable and an actual value of the control loop; and
an evaluation device configured to select at least first segments of the temporal sequences for a period with a stepped profile of the setpoint and second segments of the temporal sequences for a period with a constant setpoint;
wherein the evaluation device is further configured to use the first segments of the temporal sequences to identify a linear submodel for dynamic behavior of the controlled system comprising the valve as the actuator;
wherein the evaluation device is further configured to use the second segments of the temporal sequences and the linear submodel to identify a nonlinear submodel for frictional behavior of the controlled system comprising the valve as the actuator;
wherein an output of the nonlinear submodel is input to the identified linear submodel,
wherein the evaluation device is further configured to use an evaluation of the temporal sequences to determine a presence of a level of static friction of the valve and, if the level of static friction is exceeded, to determine static friction of the valve quantitatively by identification of the nonlinear submodel; and
wherein the control loop having the controlled system comprising the valve as the actuator is operated and monitored to obtain the quantitative assessment of the frictional behavior of the controlled system comprising the valve as the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,394,252

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLATOONING VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating vehicles, comprising:moving a vehicle from a lead position in a vehicle group to a first follower position within the vehicle group via a controller and moving a first following vehicle into the lead position in the vehicle group via the controller in response to a temperature of an emissions control device of the first following vehicle being less than a first threshold temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,394,251

CLOUD-BASED CONNECTIVITY ENERGY BUDGET MANAGER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a storage maintaining energy estimates corresponding to function requests; and
a processor of a server, programmed to
receive, from a mobile device, a function request for a vehicle at key-off,
send a power up message to the vehicle indicating one or more of (i) an identifier of the function request or (ii) a set of vehicle components required to perform the function request,
receive battery information from the vehicle responsive to the vehicle powering up a set of vehicle components required to perform the function request, and
direct the vehicle to perform the function request at key-off responsive to determining, according to the battery information received from the vehicle and an energy estimate corresponding to the function request, that the vehicle has sufficient energy to perform the function request,
wherein the battery information includes a state of charge of the vehicle and an instant current draw rate for the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,394,250

WORK MACHINE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

Komatsu Ltd., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A work machine management apparatus comprising:a switchback point setting unit configured to set a switchback point of a transporting machine in a work place of a mine;
a work point setting unit configured to set a plurality of work points of the transporting machine in which a loading operation of loading a load onto the transporting machine is performed by a loading machine including an upper swing body and a lower travel body, in a portion of a swing area of the upper swing body which swings with the traveling of the lower travel body stopped, to the set switchback point in the work place;
a travel track generating unit configured to generate a plurality of target travel tracks along which the transporting machine can travel in the work place, based on a position of the set switchback point in the work place and a position of each of the set plurality of work points thereto; and
a travel track selecting unit configured to select a target travel track along which the transporting machine travels in the work place, among the plurality of target travel tracks.

US Pat. No. 10,394,249

CLEANING ROBOT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A cleaning robot comprising:a main body;
a driver configured to move the main body;
a cleaner configured to clean a cleaning space; and
a controller configured to:
identify a position of an entrance, which connects an area to another area, while the main body moves,
set a cleaning area among a plurality of areas included in the cleaning space on a basis of the identified position of the entrance, and
clean the cleaning area in response to setting the cleaning area.

US Pat. No. 10,394,248

CHARGING PILE, METHOD AND DEVICE FOR RECOGNIZING THE CHARGING PILE

XIAOMI INC., Beijing (CN...

1. A charging pile for an autonomous cleaning device, the charging pile comprising:a pile body having a side surface;
a power interface provided on the side surface of the pile body to supply power for the autonomous cleaning device;
an identification structure arranged on the side surface of the pile body to enable the autonomous cleaning device to recognize a position of the power interface and comprising a plurality of identification elements, each of the plurality of identification elements comprising at least one convex and at least one concave;
wherein for each identification element, a retroreflection coefficient of the at least one convex is smaller than that of the at least one concave and sufficient to form a retroreflected light recognizable by the autonomous cleaning device; and
wherein at least one of the plurality of identification elements comprises a convex and a concave having mismatched specifications.

US Pat. No. 10,394,247

AUTOMATIC TRACKING SHOPPING CART

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An automatic tracking shopping cart, comprising:an automatic tracking device fixed to a body of the shopping cart, and operative to control movement of the shopping cart for tracking a target object, the automatic tracking device comprising:
an image collection unit configured to collect a color image and a depth image of a field of view;
a processing unit configured to identify the target object based on the collected color image and depth image, and determine a motion parameter of the shopping cart based on a position and/or movement of the target object; and
a shopping cart driving unit configured to drive the shopping cart to move based on the determined motion parameter,
wherein the processing unit comprises:
a target determination module configured to determine target characteristics of the target object in the color image and a target depth of the target object in the depth image based on the collected color image and depth image;
an image analysis module configured to determine a current depth of the target object from a color image and a depth image of a current frame based on target characteristics and a target depth determined in a previous frame; and
a driving calculation module configured to determine the movement parameter of the shopping cart based on the calculated current depth.

US Pat. No. 10,394,244

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOBILE ROBOT BASED ON BAYESIAN NETWORK LEARNING

KOREA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH...

1. A method for controlling the navigation of the mobile robot, in which a control unit applies a drive control signal to a robot driving unit to control the navigation of the mobile robot using sensing information of a sensing unit and preset data that is stored in a storage unit and includes grid information for a navigation environment, the method comprising:a path planning step of calculating a navigation path of the mobile robot from a departure point to a destination point based on congestion map information calculated using grid map information for a navigation environment included in the preset data and the sensing information;
a navigation step of acquiring navigation environmental information including obstacle map information using the sensing information sensed by the sensing unit in a process in which the mobile robot moves along the navigation path calculated in the path planning step, and allowing the mobile robot to navigate from the departure point to the destination point by performing a position estimation operation using the acquired navigation environmental information; and
a congestion map building and calculating step of building a congestion map for the navigation environment using a navigation environment database having stored therein navigation cost information including information regarding a probability of existence or absence of an obstacle in a relevant grid in the navigation environmental information acquired in the navigation step after the completion of the navigation step,
wherein the navigation cost includes information regarding a static obstacle that is in a fixed position in the navigation environment and information regarding a dynamic obstacle that is moveable in the navigation environment, and
wherein building the congestion map includes calculating the probability of the presence or absence of the dynamic obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,394,241

MULTI-STAGE VOTING CONTROL

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A control system comprising:an actuator device responsive to a voted command, wherein the control system is in communication with the actuator device, and comprising a multi-stage voting system, configured to determine the voted command for the actuator device;
a set of controllers providing a set of commands to the multi-stage voting system;
a monitor controller providing a monitor command to the multi-stage voting system;
wherein the multi-stage voting system comprises logic in the control system with a first stage that compares the set of commands to each other, and a second stage that compares at least one of the set of commands to the monitor command; and
wherein the multi-stage voting system delivers the voted command to the actuator device based on the comparisons made in the first and second stages, the actuator device effecting an operation in response to the voted command.

US Pat. No. 10,394,238

MULTI-MODE MISSION PLANNING AND OPTIMIZATION FOR AUTONOMOUS AGRICULTURAL VEHICLES

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A tangible, non-transitory computer readable medium storing computer instructions, wherein the computer instructions, when executed by a processor, are configured to:generate a first mission plan based at least in part on inputs, wherein the first mission plan comprises at least a route and a driving speed for at least one agricultural vehicle to initially execute at a beginning of an operation;
generate a second mission plan at least when one or more of the inputs change in response to one or more events that occur during the operation, wherein the second mission plan comprises at least one modification to the first mission plan;
generate a third mission plan comprising at least one modification to the first mission plan or the second mission plan via one or more optimization techniques that reduce a cost function having adjustable weight factors;
determine respective plan values for the first, second, and third mission plans;
select the first, second, or third mission plan based on the respective plan values; and
output the selected mission plan to the at least one agricultural vehicle for execution.

US Pat. No. 10,394,237

PERCEIVING ROADWAY CONDITIONS FROM FUSED SENSOR DATA

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising:sensing sensor data by a camera included in a vehicle and having a first field-of-view of a roadway, the sensor data sensed within a distance threshold of the vehicle and within the first field-of-view;
sensing other sensor data by another camera included in the vehicle and having a second field-of-view of the roadway, the other sensor data sensed from beyond the distance threshold within the second field-of-view, the second field-of-view narrower than the first field-of-view;
fusing the sensor data and the other sensor data into fused sensor data;
a processor perceiving an object between the distance threshold and another distance threshold in a roadway view of the roadway from the fused sensor data, the other distance threshold being further away from the vehicle than the distance threshold; and
the processor adjusting configuration of vehicle operating components to adapt operation of the vehicle to the perceived object in the roadway view;
wherein sensing other sensor data by another camera comprises sensing image sensor data and LIDAR sensor data by the other camera as the other camera switches between a camera mode and a LIDAR mode.

US Pat. No. 10,394,236

VEHICLE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENABLING A DEVICE FOR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A vehicle system of a vehicle for at least one vehicle user, the vehicle system comprising:a camera arranged inside the vehicle,
an evaluation unit comprising a memory, and the evaluation unit being coupled to the camera,
a communication device being coupled to the evaluation unit,
a self-drive unit being coupled to the evaluation unit and by which the vehicle is autonomously driveable,
the camera being directed toward the vehicle user for viewing a face of the vehicle user and relaying data to the evaluation unit,
the evaluation unit evaluating, by artificial intelligence, the data from the camera in relation to attentiveness and an emotion of the vehicle user while the vehicle is controlled by the vehicle user,
the evaluated data being stored in the memory of the evaluation unit,
on a basis of either a predetermined emotion, recognized by the artificial intelligence, or a lack of attentiveness of the vehicle user, recognized by the artificial intelligence while the vehicle is controlled by the vehicle user, the vehicle user is notified of the emotion or inattentiveness recognized and the self-drive unit only being activated to take control of the vehicle from the vehicle user when either the emotion or the lack of attentiveness of the vehicle user persists for a predetermined period of time, and
an emergency stop being actuated, while the vehicle is controlled by the vehicle user, to carry out an emergency stop of the vehicle when activation of the self-drive unit fails, wherein the evaluation unit of the vehicle system is coupled to an electronic entertainment system, the electronic entertainment system is present in the vehicle, and the electronic entertainment system is activated on the basis of either the predetermined emotion recognized by the artificial intelligence or the lack of attentiveness of the vehicle user recognized by the artificial intelligence, the electronic entertainment system comprising a plurality of different types of media, and the electronic entertainment system being activated to play a specific type of media based on the predetermined emotion recognized by the artificial intelligence from a plurality of predetermined emotions stored in the memory of the evaluation unit, and if the predetermined emotion recognized by the artificial intelligence is bored and the vehicle is being driven by the self-drive unit, the electronic entertainment system is activated to play a film.

US Pat. No. 10,394,235

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A driver assistance system for a vehicle, comprising:a wrong-way driving detection device having a camera and configured to detect upcoming wrong-way driving or wrong-way-driving underway; and
an output device, coupled with an infotainment device, that outputs a signal according to data from the wrong-way driving detection device, wherein the output device is configured to modify an operating state of the infotainment device according to the signal based on the data from the wrong-way driving detection device;
wherein the output device is further configured to stop, in response to a driver input while the operating state of the infotainment device is modified according to data from the wrong-way driving detection device, (i) output of a wrong way driving detection warning signal to the driver that is dependent on the wrong-way driving detection, and (ii) modification of the operating state of the infotainment device.

US Pat. No. 10,394,234

MULTI-SENSOR SAFE PATH SYSTEM FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for guiding an autonomous vehicle to avoid an obstruction, comprising:arranging a multiplicity of cameras to surveil an area intersected by a planned path of an autonomous vehicle;
acquiring image data using the cameras while the autonomous vehicle is moving along the planned path in the area;
processing the image data to detect a presence of and determine a current position of an object in the area;
determining that the current position of the object relative to a position of the autonomous vehicle violates a constraint;
generating data representing vehicle guidance information after determining that the current position of the object violates the constraint;
converting the data into vehicle guidance signals having a format acceptable to a vehicle management system configured for controlling movement of the autonomous vehicle;
receiving the vehicle guidance signals at the vehicle management system;
transmitting control signals from the vehicle management system to the autonomous vehicle which are a function of the received vehicle guidance signals; and
discontinuing a current movement of the autonomous vehicle in response to receipt of the control signals,
wherein the constraint is at least one of the following: (a) that the object not be in close proximity to the autonomous vehicle; and (b) that the object not be in an obstructing position along the planned path of the autonomous vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,394,231

PLANT-MONITORING SYSTEM AND MONITORING METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A plant-monitoring system comprising:at least three detection elements, the detection elements being at least one type of detection element for monitoring a subject being monitored;
a detection network configured by disposing the at least three detection elements in a plant;
a storage unit that receives detection data from each of the detection elements to record the detection data as recorded data; and
a processing computing unit that:
receives the detection data from each of the detection elements,
determines presence or absence of a fault by comparing the detection data with the recorded data, and
in a case where occurrence of the fault is recognized:
identifies a place of occurrence of the fault based on the detection data,
identifies a developing direction of the fault based on a difference in data receiving times of at least two of the detection elements, and
transmits the result of the place of occurrence of the fault to a predetermined incident response team.

US Pat. No. 10,394,229

ORCHESTRATION OF LEARNING AND EXECUTION OF MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL TOOL FOR MANUFACTURING PROCESSES

International Business Ma...

1. A system controlling a manufacturing process, comprising:at least one first hardware processor;
the least one first hardware processor communicatively coupled to a control system that actuates actions to control the manufacturing process, and operable to perform:
receiving manufacturing process characteristics associated with the manufacturing process;
based on at least one of the manufacturing process characteristics, determining a prediction time at which to execute a selected machine learning model selected from multiple trained machine learning models, and at the prediction time, executing the selected machine learning model based on process data associated with the manufacturing process, the executing of the selected machine learning model predicting a control set point for future values of state variables of the manufacturing process; and
sending the control set point to the control system to control the manufacturing process by adjusting to the control set point.

US Pat. No. 10,394,227

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A MULTI-PURPOSE SENSING DEVICE FOR INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION EQUIPMENT

Rockwell Automation Techn...

12. A system, comprising:a machine configured to operate in an industrial environment; and
a multi-purpose sensor configured to couple to the machine, wherein the multi-purpose sensor comprises:
a housing;
a plurality of sensors disposed within the housing of the multi-purpose sensor and configured to acquire a plurality of different types of sets of data associated with the machine or an environment surrounding the machine, wherein:
a first portion of the plurality of different types of sets of data comprises historical sensor measurements over time for each of the plurality of sensors; and
a second portion of the plurality of different types of sets of data comprises sensor measurements subsequent to when the first portion is acquired for each of the plurality of sensors; and
a processor disposed within the housing of the multi-purpose sensor and configured to communicatively couple to the plurality of sensors and configured to:
determine a baseline collective measurement signature for the plurality of sensors based on the first portion;
determine a subsequent collective measurement signature based on the second portion;
determine whether the subsequent collective measurement signature varies from the baseline collective measurement signature;
generate one or more signals in response to a variance existing between the subsequent collective measurement signature and the baseline collective measurement signature, wherein the one or more signals are configured to cause a computing device, a cloud-based computing system, a control/monitoring device, or some combination thereof in the industrial environment to perform a preventative action, diagnostic, predictive operation, or some combination thereof, and wherein the one or more signals comprises a command signal configured to adjust an operation of the machine; and
transmit the one or more signals to the computing device, the cloud-based computing system, the control/monitoring device, or some combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,394,226

CONTROL PARAMETER OPTIMIZING SYSTEM THAT OPTIMIZES VALUES OF CONTROL PARAMETERS OF AN EXISTING POWER PLANT AND OPERATION CONTROL OPTIMIZING APPARATUS EQUIPPED THEREWITH

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power ...

1. A control parameter optimizing system comprising:an objective function setting section that sets an objective function to be optimized in controlling operation of an existing power plant;
a plant model that simulates the operation of the existing power plant and calculates a process amount of the existing power plant and a value of the objective function; and
a control parameter optimizing section that optimizes values of control parameters of the existing power plant using the plant model in such a manner as to optimize the objective function;
wherein the control parameter optimizing section includes:
an optimization control parameter selecting section that, based on control logic information extracted from a control logic database of the existing power plant, selects a control parameter from the control parameters as an optimization control parameter that is for use in optimizing the objective function; and
an optimization control parameter adjusting section that adjusts a value of the optimization control parameter using the plant model in such a manner as to optimize the objective function.

US Pat. No. 10,394,225

SYNCHRONIZATION CONTROLLER HAVING FUNCTION OF SOLVING SHOCK GENERATED IN SYNCHRONIZATION START BLOCK

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A synchronization controller configured to start to move a slave axis when a master axis passes a certain position and then move by a predetermined distance while the master axis moves from the position by a predetermined distance, the synchronization controller comprising:a synchronization operation instruction unit configured to set:
a master axis movement amount,
a slave axis movement amount, and
a position of the master axis at which the slave axis starts to be synchronized at a synchronization ratio set based on the slave axis movement amount and the master axis movement amount;
a synchronization magnification changing instruction unit configured to set the slave axis movement amount immediately before the synchronization from the start of changing of a speed ratio of the slave axis for synchronization with the master axis with a preset synchronization ratio to the end of changing of the speed ratio;
a synchronization parameter calculation unit configured to calculate a synchronization magnification at a time when changing of the synchronization magnification is completed, a master axis movement amount at a time when the synchronization magnification is changed, from the start of changing of a speed ratio of the slave axis for synchronization with the master axis with a preset synchronization ratio to the end of changing of the speed ratio, and a master axis movement amount from the current position of the master axis to a start of changing of the synchronization magnification, based on the slave axis movement amount, the master axis movement amount, and a position of the master axis at which the slave axis starts to be synchronized, which are set by the synchronization operation instruction unit, as well as the slave axis movement amount set by the synchronization magnification changing instruction unit;
a position calculation unit configured to calculate an inclination of the synchronization magnification which is graphically expressed as a linear function with respect to the position of the master axis and a position of the master axis at which the slave axis in a stop state starts to be operated, based on a calculation result of the synchronization parameter calculation unit to attain the synchronization magnification at a time when changing of the synchronization magnification is completed, calculated by the synchronization parameter calculation unit, at a time point when the slave axis completes moving by the movement amount set by the synchronization magnification changing instruction unit, or at the position of the master axis at which the slave axis starts to be synchronized set by the synchronization operation instruction unit; and
a slave axis movement amount output unit configured to output an instruction to the slave axis by gradually changing, from a position of the master axis at which a synchronization magnification changing operation is started, the inclination of the synchronization magnification with respect to a master axis speed.

US Pat. No. 10,394,224

FABRICATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND FABRICATION MANAGEMENT CONTROL APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. A fabrication management system comprising:a fabrication control apparatus including
a composite fabrication unit that fabricates a plurality of fabricated members in a single process, and
a controller that controls fabrication performed by the composite fabrication unit; and
a fabrication management server including
a designing section that, from fabrication information about a plurality of first fabricated members for which a fabrication request has been made, designs a second fabricated member that holds all of the first fabricated members in a removable manner, and
an instructing section that instructs fabrication to be performed in accordance with fabrication procedure information, the fabrication procedure information indicating a procedure for obtaining a finished fabricated object by assembling together the first fabricated members and the second fabricated member,
wherein data that identifies each of the fabricated members comprises voxel data saved in a fabricatable voxel (FAV) format.

US Pat. No. 10,394,218

VIBRATION CUTTING PROCESS DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A vibration cutting process diagnostic device that is capable of diagnosing, before machining, propriety of a vibration cutting process used when a movable shaft is reciprocated to machine a sectional shape of a working object into a non-complete round shape, the device comprising:a frequency analyzer to calculate a frequency component contained in a position command signal for the movable shaft on a basis of machining shape data on the working object and a machining speed set value; and
a process diagnosis executor to diagnose propriety of machining the machining shape data under the machining speed set value on a basis of the frequency component, and a movable shaft parameter of the movable shaft, wherein
the process diagnosis executor
calculates a range of machining speeds that makes the process performable or a range of machining speeds that makes the process unperformable, and
causes the display the range.

US Pat. No. 10,394,213

METHOD OF INDEPENDENT CONTROL PERIOD ALLOCATION OF AXIS IN THE PLC POSITIONING SYSTEM

LSIS CO., LTD., Anyang-s...

1. A method of independent control period allocation of axes in a PLC positioning system, comprising:dividing the axes into a first axis group having a first control period requiring an immediate response and a second axis group having a second control period requiring a non-immediate response;
allocating a stack of an interrupt stack pointer (ISP) area for axes in the first axis group and allocating a stack of a user stack pointer (USP) area for axes in the second axis group based on required response speed;
receiving a request for a position control calculation of the first axis group during a position control calculation of the second axis group;
performing the position control calculation of the first axis group through task switching to the ISP area; and
in response to completing the position control calculation of the first axis group, resuming the position control calculation of the second axis group through task switching to the USP area.

US Pat. No. 10,394,180

CLEANING BLADE

NOK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A cleaning blade, comprising:an elastic body formed of a rubber base material molded product, and a surface treatment layer on at least an area of the elastic body to be brought into contact with a cleaning object, wherein,
the surface treatment layer is a hardened product containing an isocyanate compound with which a surface portion of the elastic body has been impregnated and which has been reacted with the elastic body;
the surface treatment layer has an elastic modulus of 95 MPa or lower;
the elastic body has an elastic modulus of 20 MPa to 60 MPa; and
the difference in elastic modulus between the surface treatment layer and the elastic body is 1 MPa or greater.

US Pat. No. 10,394,170

FUSER DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Oki Data Corporation, To...

1. A fuser device carrying a medium in a medium carrying direction, the medium having two faces wherein one of the faces is a print face on which a developer image is fused with the fuser device, and the other of the faces is a back face on which no developer image is fused, comprising:a first rotation member that is an endless belt and has flexibility,
a second rotation member that is an endless belt, has flexibility, and is installed rotatable so as to carry the medium from an upstream side to a downstream side in the medium carrying direction in cooperation with the first rotation member while nipping the medium between the second rotation member and the first rotation member wherein the print face of the medium faces the second rotation member and the back face of the medium faces the first rotation member while the medium is carried on a carrying path through the first and second rotation members,
a first pressing member that is positioned inside the first rotation member and has a first pressing face pressing the first rotation member toward the second rotation member, and
a second pressing member that is positioned inside the second rotation member and has a second pressing face, arranged to be opposite to the first pressing face with respect to the carrying path, the second pressing face pressing the second rotation member toward the first rotation member, wherein
the first pressing face has, at the most upstream side of the medium carrying direction, a pressure reducing part that reduces a pressing force of the first rotation member that is applied to the second rotation member, and
the second pressing face does not have a pressure reducing part that reduces a pressing force of the second rotation member that is applied to the first rotation member.

US Pat. No. 10,394,168

ROTATOR CONTROL DEVICE, CONVEYANCE DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ROTATOR CONTROL METHOD

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A rotator control device comprising:a plurality of drivers to drive a plurality of rotators to convey a sheet, respectively; and
a processor including:
a selector configured to select, from the plurality of rotators, a pair of a first rotator subjected to rotation speed adjustment and a second rotator adjacent to the first rotator;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a torque-related value representing one of a driving torque value of a corresponding driver of the plurality of drivers to drive the second rotator and a value proportional to the driving torque value of the corresponding driver to drive the second rotator; and
a speed adjuster configured to adjust a rotation speed of the first rotator to approximate a variation in the torque-related value acquired by the acquisition unit to zero,
wherein the selector is configured to:
select a subsequent pair from the plurality of rotators after adjustment of the rotation speed of the first rotator of a preceding pair;
designate the first rotator of the preceding pair as the second rotator of the subsequent pair; and
select, as the first rotator of the subsequent pair, one of the plurality of rotators adjacent to the first rotator of the preceding pair, on a side opposite the second rotator of the preceding pair.

US Pat. No. 10,394,167

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image carrier configured to carry an image formed on an outer circumferential surface of the image carrier;
a circulating member configured to rotate and configured to receive the image from the image carrier on an outer circumferential surface of the circulating member that is in contact with the outer circumferential surface of the image carrier or on a recording material that is transported while being nipped between the outer circumferential surface of the image carrier and the outer circumferential surface of the circulating member;
a first driving unit configured to drive the image carrier;
a second driving unit configured to drive the circulating member by a driving force independent from a driving force of the first driving unit;
a load detector configured to detect a driving load of at least one of the first and second driving units; and
a driving adjuster configured to regulate the driving by the second driving unit based on a free rotation state load of the second driving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,394,166

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CLEANING DEVICE FOR A TRANSFER BELT AND A PRE-CLEANING BRUSH

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an endless transfer belt that travels while carrying a toner image on a transfer surface thereof;
a cleaning device that sweeps off toner remaining on the transfer surface of the endless transfer belt by using a rotary brush, electrically adsorbs the toner swept by a recovery roller, and removes the toner;
a pre-cleaning brush that slidably contacts with the transfer surface of the endless transfer belt at an upstream side in a rotation direction of the endless transfer belt from the cleaning device, the pre-cleaning brush having conductivity;
a support member that supports the pre-cleaning brush from a side opposite to a side of the endless transfer belt, the support member having a support wall that extends over approximately a whole in a width direction of the endless transfer belt while facing the transfer surface of the endless transfer belt and supports the pre-cleaning brush, the support member having conductivity, and the support wall being formed with openings that liberate foreign matter including toner deposited onto the pre-cleaning brush;
a suction device that sucks the foreign matter deposited onto the pre-cleaning brush through the openings from a side of the support wall of the support member that is opposite to the side of the endless transfer belt;
a voltage applying unit that applies a voltage having a predetermined polarity to the pre-cleaning brush via the support member; and
a control unit that controls a polarity of the voltage to be applied by the voltage applying unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to allow the polarity of the voltage to be applied by the voltage applying unit to differ in a part corresponding to an image formation area in the endless transfer belt and an inter-paper area.

US Pat. No. 10,394,127

PATTERN FORMING METHOD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A pattern forming method comprising:a step (1) of forming a film using an actinic ray-sensitive or radiation-sensitive resin composition including a resin having an acid-decomposable repeating unit capable of decomposing by the action of an acid to generate an acid having a pKa of 3.0 or less;
a step (2) of exposing the film using actinic rays or radiation; and
a step (3) of carrying out development using a developer including an organic solvent after the exposure to form a negative tone pattern,
wherein the acid-decomposable repeating unit capable of decomposing by the action of an acid to generate an acid having a pKa of 3.0 or less is represented by General Formula (1-1),

in the formula,
Ra and Rb each independently represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or a cyano group,
Rc represents a hydrogen atom or a substituent,
L1 represents a single bond or a linking group selected from the group consisting of an arylene group, an alkylene group, a cycloalkylene group, —O—, —S—, —SO2—, —CO—, —N(R33)—, or a combination thereof, wherein R33 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a cycloalkyl group, an alkenyl group, an aryl group, or an aralkyl group,
in a case where Rc is the substituent and L1 is the linking group, Rc and L1 may be bonded to each other to form a ring, and
X represents a group capable of leaving by the action of an acid and has a total number of carbon atoms and oxygen atoms of 4 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,394,115

METHOD FOR VERIFYING MASK DATA IN COMPUTING DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method for verifying mask data in a computing device, comprising:obtaining layout data for a layout of a semiconductor device;
obtaining optical proximity corrected (OPCed) layout data obtained by performing an optical proximity correction on the layout data;
obtaining mask data for a mask used to manufacture the semiconductor device;
determining whether a scattering bar exists in the mask data;
when the scattering bar does not exist in the mask data, determining whether an interaction occurs once between a pattern corresponding to the optical proximity corrected layout data and a pattern corresponding to the mask data; and
when as a determination result, the interaction does not occur once, detecting an error of the mask data.

US Pat. No. 10,394,111

LIGHT ASSEMBLY FOR A PROJECTOR

1. A light assembly configured to be installed in a movie theatre projector, the light assembly comprising:an adaptor configured to mechanically couple to a bulb mount of the movie theatre projector;
an emitter housing that comprises a Light Emitting Diode (LED) emitter plate;
at least one LED directly or indirectly attached to the LED emitter plate and configured to emit a beam of light;
a cooling assembly configured to dissipate heat from the LED emitter plate; and
a lens assembly configured to adjust the size or pitch of the beam, the lens assembly comprising:
a concave adjustor comprising a concave lens configured to spread the beam emitted from the at least one LED; and
a convex adjustor comprising a convex lens configured to collimate light received from the concave lens,
wherein the concave adjustor is movably attached to the emitter housing and the convex adjustor, and wherein the lens assembly is configured to be manipulated to adjust a distance between the concave lens and the convex lens, thereby adjusting the size or pitch of the beam.

US Pat. No. 10,394,110

PHOSPHOR WHEEL MODULE, LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A phosphor wheel module, comprising:a rotatable substrate having a rotation center; and
a phosphor region disposed on a surface of the substrate, the phosphor region including a phosphor disposed on at least a part of a circumference of a circle having a first radius from the rotation center,
wherein the substrate includes:
a ventilation region including a plurality of openings located closer to the rotation center than the phosphor region, each of the plurality of openings being a through-hole; and
a heat conduction region located farther away from the rotation center than the phosphor region;
wherein an area of the heat conduction region is equal to or larger than a sum total of areas of the plurality of the openings.

US Pat. No. 10,394,109

PROJECTOR SUSPENSION DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A projector suspension device for a projector comprising:a base configured to be fixed to a wall surface;
a support member extending from the base, the support member configured to support the projector; and
an adjustment mechanism configured to adjust a rotation of the projector and a position of the projector, the adjustment mechanism including
a first slide substrate configured to slide with respect to the support member in a first direction perpendicular to the wall surface and adjust the position of the projector in the first direction, the first slide substrate configured to be fixed to the support member,
a substrate configured to be fixed to the first slide substrate,
a first rotating substrate connected to the substrate, the first rotating substrate configured to rotate with respect to the substrate,
a second rotating substrate connected to the first rotating substrate, the second rotating substrate configured to rotate with respect to the first rotating substrate about an axis that is parallel to the wall surface and perpendicular to a plane surface of the substrate, and
a turning member configured to adjust a rotation of the second rotating substrate, the turning member having a rotating pivot which is perpendicular to the base,
wherein
the second rotating substrate is configured to rotate about the axis by rotation of the turning member, and
the rotating pivot of the turning member is parallel to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,394,092

DISPLAY SUBSTRATE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display substrate, comprising:a base substrate, and
a sensing electrode layer located on a first side of the base substrate,
wherein the sensing electrode layer comprises a sensing electrode and a dummy pattern, the dummy pattern comprising dummy sub-patterns arranged into columns, each dummy sub-pattern having a first border defining the dummy sub-pattern in a column direction, and first borders of respective dummy sub-patterns being non-periodically arranged,
wherein each dummy sub-pattern has a second border defining the dummy sub-pattern in a row direction, the second border is formed into a polygonal line, and corners of the polygonal line are covered by a black matrix,
wherein two adjacent strips of the black matrix and two adjacent polygonal lines define a preset number of pixel regions in the column direction, where the preset number is a positive integer, and
wherein the black matrix is located on a second side of the base substrate opposite to the first side where the sensing electrode layer is located.

US Pat. No. 10,394,057

EYES CLOSED INTERFACE

VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC,...

1. An eye-mountable device comprising:a lens comprising a polymeric material, the lens operable to be removably mounted over an eye and to be compatible with a motion of an eyelid when a concave surface of the lens is so mounted;
an eyelid sensor disposed in or on the lens and operable to provide output data indicative of whether the eyelid of the eye on which the lens is mounted is closed;
a display disposed in or on the lens and operable to display a light signal in response to the output data from the eyelid sensor indicating that the eyelid is closed;
a feedback sensor disposed in or on the lens to sense a feedback from a wearer of the eye-mountable device and output a feedback signal; and
a control electronics coupled to the display and the feedback sensor, the control electronics configured to cause the display to repeat displaying the light signal when the eyelid is closed unless the feedback signal indicates an acknowledgement that the light signal was noticed by the wearer.

US Pat. No. 10,394,010

OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR SHAPING THE WAVEFRONT OF THE ELECTRIC FIELD OF AN INPUT LIGHT BEAM

UNIVERSITE PARIS DESCARTE...

1. An optical system for shaping a wavefront of an electric field of a light beam (1) to be projected into a target volume (5), for realizing multi (3D)-transversal plane illumination patterns along the optical axis (z) in a target volume, including:(i) a first optical element (2) which is a spatial light modulator used to control light distribution, through phase or amplitude modulation of the electric field of the light beam, forming 2D illumination patterns in at least one transverse plane (51, 52, 53) in the target volume (5) in regard to an optical axis (z), a first spatial light modulator being divided in a number of first independent regions (21, 22), each of these first independent regions (21, 22) being used to generate a 2D illumination pattern (511, 521) focused onto at least one intermediate optical element (4, 4a, 4b),
(ii) the at least one intermediate optical element (4, 4a, 4b) being a dispersive grating having lines for performing temporal focusing of the light beam (1) on the at least one transverse plane (51, 52, 53), and being located, on the optical axis (z), after the first optical element (2) on a trajectory of the light beam (1) where an image of the 2D illumination patterns is formed, for modulating the phase or the amplitude of the electric field of the light beam,
(iii) and a second optical element (3) being a spatial light modulator for modulating the phase of the electric field of the input light beam and used to control an axial position of the at least one transverse plane (51, 52, 53) in the target volume (5) along the optical axis (z), the second optical element (3) being situated on the optical axis (z) after the at least one intermediate optical element (4) on the trajectory of the light beam (1) at a plane conjugated to the at least one intermediate optical element (4, 4a, 4b), the second optical element (3) being divided in a number of second independent regions (31, 32) equal to the number of first independent regions (21, 22), each second independent region (31, 32) controlling the axial position in the target volume (5) of the corresponding 2D illumination patterns (511, 521) generated by the first spatial light modulator in the transverse planes (51, 52), the transverse planes (51, 52) being displaced independently of each other in regard to the optical axis (z) in the target volume, the number of first independent regions (21, 22) being equivalent to the number of transverse planes (51, 52), the first independent regions and the second independent regions (21, 22, 31, 32) are tiled parallel to an orientation of the dispersive grating lines.

US Pat. No. 10,393,956

HOLLOW-CORE FIBRE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A hollow-core fibre of non-bandgap type, comprising:a hollow core region axially extending along the hollow-core fibre and having a smallest transverse core dimension (D), wherein the core region is configured for guiding a transverse fundamental core mode and a plurality of transverse higher order core modes, and
an inner cladding region including an arrangement of anti-resonant elements (AREs) surrounding the core region along the hollow-core fibre, each having a smallest transverse ARE dimension (di) and being configured for guiding a plurality of transverse ARE modes, wherein
the smallest transverse core dimension (D) is a smallest distance between AREs on diametrically opposite sides of the core region,
the smallest transverse ARE dimension (di) is a smallest inner cross-sectional dimension of the ARE,
the core region and the AREs are configured to provide phase matching of the higher order core modes and the ARE modes,
the ARE dimension (di) and the core dimension (D) are selected such that a ratio of the ARE and core dimensions (di/D) is approximated to a quotient of zeros of Bessel functions of first kind (ulm,ARE/ulm,core), multiplied with a fitting factor in a range from 0.9 to 1.5, with m being the m-th zero of the Bessel functions of first kind of order 1, said zeros of the Bessel functions describing the LPlm , ARE modes and LPlm higher order core modes, respectively, and
the core region and the AREs are configured to provide the phase matching of the higher order core modes and the ARE modes in a broadband wavelength range covering wavelengths within a hollow-core fibre transparency window of the fundamental core mode.

US Pat. No. 10,393,955

OPTICAL FIBER FILTER OF WIDEBAND DELETERIOUS LIGHT AND USES THEREOF

1. A Raman filter for filtering a light beam having a useful component and an associated Raman component at a wavelength longer than a wavelength of the useful component, comprising:an optical fiber path comprising a core and at least one cladding surrounding the core; and
at least one Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) having an input end and an output end and disposed along the optical fiber path to receive the light beam along a core mode at the input end, said FBG comprising a refractive index modulation in the core of the optical fiber path, said refractive index modulation defining slanted grating fringes having a tilt angle and a longitudinal variation defining a chirped grating period which is maximum at the input end and decreases progressively from the input end to the output end, wherein said FBG is configured to couple the Raman component into one or more cladding modes, and wherein the grating period has a variation defining a Bragg wavelength longer than a wavelength of the useful component at all points along the FBG.

US Pat. No. 10,393,954

LIGHT GUIDING STRUCTURE, BACKLIGHT SOURCE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A light guiding structure comprising a light guiding plate, wherein at least one side end surface of the light guiding plate is provided with a fixing mechanism configured to fix a light bar,wherein the light bar comprises a flexible printed circuit board and a plurality of spot light sources fixed on the flexible printed circuit board, and
wherein the fixing mechanism comprises a plurality of fixing members spaced apart from each other and configured to fix the plurality of spot light sources of the light bar, respectively,
wherein each fixing member has a substantially L-shaped profile and comprises:
a fixing arm arranged to be substantially in parallel with the side end surface of the light guiding plate, so as to hold the spot light source between the fixing arm and the side end surface of the light guiding plate; and
a connecting arm having one end fixed to the side end surface of the light guiding plate, and the other end connected to the fixing arm,
wherein the fixing arm extends from a connecting portion of the fixing arm and the connecting arm to a free end of the fixing arm in a direction parallel to an intersecting edge between a light-emitting surface of the light guiding plate and the side end surface,
wherein the plurality of fixing members are spaced apart from each other in the direction parallel to the intersecting edge, a material of the light guiding plate is absent between any two adjacent fixing members,
wherein the plurality of fixing members have openings with the same orientation, the openings facing toward an end of the intersecting edge in the direction parallel to the intersecting edge, and a length of the fixing arm of the fixing member is less than a distance between two adjacent spot light sources, so that each of the plurality of spot light sources is allowed to be moved to a position between the fixing arm and the side end surface of the light guiding plate from a position between two fixing members via a corresponding one of the openings in the direction parallel to the intersecting edge.

US Pat. No. 10,393,951

BACKLIGHT MODULE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A backlight module, wherein the backlight module comprises a glue frame, a backlight source, a light guide plate, a quantum tube and an optical thin film, and the light guide plate comprises an incident surface and an illuminating surface, and the backlight source comprises a substrate and a plurality of lamp sources on the substrate aligned in a straight line, and the quantum tube comprises a mainbody and two bending sections at two ends of the mainbody, and the optical thin film is installed on the illuminating surface, and the glue frame is arranged to surround the light guide plate and periphery of the optical thin film, and the quantum tube is installed on the substrate and arranged to be parallel with the plurality of lamp sources, and the lamp sources are located between the glue frame and the light guide plate, and the mainbody is located between the lamp sources and the incident surface, and the two bending sections at the two ends of the mainbody are located at outer sides of the lamp sources at two ends of the plurality of the lamp sources;wherein the two bending sections of the quantum tube are respectively extending from the two ends of the mainbody of the quantum tube such that each of the two bending sections has a distal free end that is distant from the end of the mainbody of the quantum tube from which the bending section extends and wherein the two bending sections of the quantum tube are opposite to and spaced from each other to define therebetween a space such that the plurality of the lamp sources of the backlight source are located in the space defined between the two bending sections of the quantum tube; and
wherein the quantum tube comprises a glass tube having a predetermined cross-sectional shape and quantum dots filled in the glass tube, the two bending sections of the quantum tube comprising bending of the glass tube in each of two opposite ends of the glass tube such that the two bending sections of the quantum tube have a cross-section that has a shape identical to the predetermined cross-sectional shape, wherein the quantum tube has a U-shaped configuration having a base section and two limb sections extending from the base section, the base section of the U-shaped configuration comprising the mainbody of the quantum tube, the two limb sections of the U-shaped configuration respectively comprising the two bending sections, the plurality of the lamp sources of the backlight source being partly enclosed by the U-shaped configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,393,950

BACKLIGHT MODULE AND DISPLAY DEVICE USING SAME

HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTR...

1. A backlight module comprising:a backboard made of a thermally conductive material, the backboard forming an outermost layer of the backlight module;
a frame partially covering the backboard and in direct contact with the backboard;
at least one lamp configured for emitting light; and
a thermally conductive layer positioned on the backboard and in direct contact with the backboard and the frame;
wherein the thermally conductive layer defines at least one groove, each of the at least one lamp is received in one of the at least one groove and in direct contact with the thermally conductive layer;
the at least one lamp is mounted on a circuit board and in direct contact with the circuit board, the circuit board is located on a side of the thermally conductive layer away from the backboard and covers the at least one groove; the at least one lamp is inserted into the at least one groove from a side of the thermally conductive layer away from the backboard;
wherein heat produced by the at least one lamp is transmitted to outside of the backlight module by the thermally conductive layer and the backboard; and
further comprising a light guiding plate located on the backboard, the light guiding plate is located at a side of the thermally conductive layer away from the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,393,949

LIGHT EMITTING MODULE AND DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING LIGHT EMITTING MODULE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A light emitting module comprising:a light guide, which includes a light-emitting surface, an opposite surface, a first face, a second face, and a third face, wherein the opposite surface is opposite the light-emitting surface, wherein each of the first face, the second face, and the third face is connected between the light-emitting surface and the opposite surface and is smaller than each of the light-emitting surface and the opposite surface, wherein the first face is not coplanar with the third face, and wherein the second face is oriented not parallel to the first face and is connected through the third face to the first face;
a first light source set, which is disposed at the first face and includes a first first-set light source, wherein the first first-set light source directly contacts the first face, and wherein no light source is positioned between the first first-set light source and an edge of the first face;
a second light source set, which is disposed at the third face and includes a first second-set light source, wherein the first second-set light source directly contacts the third face, wherein no light source is positioned between the first second-set light source and an edge of the third face, and wherein a distance from a center of a light-emitting face of the first second-set light source to the edge of the third face is greater than a distance from a center of a light-emitting face of the first first-set light source to the edge of the first face.

US Pat. No. 10,393,948

BACKLIGHT UNIT AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A backlight unit, comprising a backplane and a light guide plate (LGP), whereinthe backplane includes a body section and a bending section connected with the body section in an integrated structure;
the body section includes a first surface and a second surface opposite to each other; the bending section includes at least a connecting portion and a mounting portion extended from the connecting portion and opposite to the first surface;
the connecting portion is a bending structure along a first side of the body section; a bending direction of the connecting portion is a direction from the second surface of the body section to the first surface;
the LGP is disposed on the first surface of the body section;
one side of the mounting portion away from the connecting portion is opposite to a first end face of the LGP; and light sources are disposed on the mounting portion;
wherein a first zigzag structure is provided on one side of the mounting portion provided with the light sources; and a size of notches of the first zigzag structure matches with a size of the light sources;
wherein a first space is defined by the connecting portion, the mounting portion and the first surface;
the backlight unit further comprising sealant, wherein the sealant at least includes a bearing portion matching with and provided in the first space; the bearing portion includes a second zigzag structure; and a shape of the second zigzag structure matches with that of the first zigzag structure;
wherein a width D2 of notches of the second zigzag structure and a width D1 of the notches of the first zigzag structure satisfy D2?D1.

US Pat. No. 10,393,947

BACKLIGHT UNIT, DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display device, comprising:a display panel configured to display an image using light; and
a backlight unit configured to provide the light to the display panel,
wherein
the backlight unit comprises:
a light source which generates the light;
a light guide plate which guides the light in an upward direction toward the display panel and the light guide plate including a transmission region and a reflection region;
a supporting pattern on a light exit surface of the light guide plate at the reflection region thereof, the supporting pattern comprising an upper surface facing the display panel, a lower surface facing the light exit surface of the light guide plate, and a side surface which connects the upper and lower surfaces to each other;
a reflection layer provided on the upper and side surfaces of the supporting pattern at the reflection region of the light guide plate; and
an insulating layer which covers the transmission region of the light guide plate and the reflection layer at the reflection region of the light guide plate.

US Pat. No. 10,393,945

DIRECTIONAL BACKLIGHT UNIT AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A directional backlight unit comprising:at least one light source;
a light guide plate arranged at a side of the at least one light source, and configured to guide light emitted from the at least one light source by total reflection;
a plurality of diffraction gratings arranged in a pattern at a surface of the light guide plate and configured to diffract the light emitted from the at least one light source and to emit the light diffracted by the plurality of diffraction gratings at a predetermined angle from a front surface of the light guide plate; and
a mirror arranged at a rear surface of the light guide plate and configured to reflect the light diffracted by the plurality of diffraction gratings toward the light guide plate, the rear surface of the light guide plate being opposite to the front surface of the light guide plate,
wherein the at least one light source comprises at least one of a red light source, a green light source, and a blue light source,
wherein the mirror comprises at least one of a red dichroic mirror configured to reflect only red light, a green dichroic mirror configured to reflect only green light, and a blue dichroic mirror configured to reflect only blue light, and
wherein the at least one of the red dichroic mirror, the green dichroic mirror and the blue dichroic mirror is arranged over a portion of the rear surface of the light guide plate.

US Pat. No. 10,393,942

COLOR SHIFTING ILLUMINATOR

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A color shifting illuminator, comprising:a first luminescent material that absorbs first incident photons having an energy greater than or equal to a first threshold energy and, in response to absorbing the first incident photons, emits first photons with less energy than the first incident photons;
a second luminescent material that absorbs second incident photons having an energy greater than or equal to a second threshold energy and, in response to absorbing the second incident photons, emits second photons with less energy than the second incident photons and less energy than the first photons;
a waveguide including the first luminescent material and the second luminescent material, wherein the waveguide exhibits total internal reflection for the first photons and the second photons satisfying conditions for total internal reflection; and
an extraction region coupled to the waveguide to emit the first photons and the second photons.

US Pat. No. 10,393,931

GRATING ELEMENT

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A grating device comprising:an optical material layer;
a channel type optical waveguide region provided in said optical material layer said channel type optical waveguide region comprising first and second ridge grooves and a ridge portion provided between said first and second ridge grooves;
a first extension region provided on a first external surface of said first ridge groove;
a second extension region provided on an opposite second external surface of said second ridge groove;
a first Bragg grating provided in said ridge portion; and
periodic microstructures provided in said first extension regions, respectively, and outside of said ridge grooves, respectively;
wherein at least one of said periodic microstructures comprises a second Bragg grating;
wherein said periodic microstructures are provided in 50 percent or larger of a total areas area of said first and second extension regions.

US Pat. No. 10,393,899

AUTOMATIC TRACKING OF FAULTS BY SLOPE DECOMPOSITION

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A computer-implemented method for automatically tracking faults in a 2-D imaged seismic cross-section or a 3D imaged seismic data volume, comprising:(a) decomposing, with a computer, the imaged seismic data into slopes, wherein the imaged seismic data has previously undergone depth migration; and
(b) forming, with a computer, a fault-highlighted data volume or cross-section from voxels corresponding to fault discontinuities in the imaged seismic data having slopes that span a broader range of slopes than other voxels in the imaged seismic data;
(c) selecting, with a computer, one or more initial seeds for fault surfaces or fault lines within the fault-highlighted data volume or cross-section;
(d) generating, with a computer, one or more fault contours in the fault-highlighted data volume or cross-section starting from the initial seeds;
(e) displaying, with a computer, a connected, smooth fault surface or line based on the one or more fault contours and
(f) exploring for hydrocarbons based at least in part upon the generated fault contours and/or the displayed smooth fault surface or line.

US Pat. No. 10,393,886

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC TOUCHLESS WIRELESS CHARGING OF MOBILE X-RAY CART DETECTORS AND ACCESSORIES

Carestream Health, Inc., ...

1. A mobile radiography system comprising:a moveable transport frame configured to travel across a floor;
an adjustable support structure coupled to the moveable transport frame;
an x-ray source coupled to the adjustable support structure;
a power transmitter to transmit wireless power signals; and
a first battery powered digital detector to capture a radiographic image generated by x-rays from the x-ray source, the digital detector comprising receiving circuitry configured to receive the wireless power signals to recharge the battery,
wherein the first battery powered digital detector is configured to monitor a frequency of the transmitted wireless power signals, to not receive the transmitted wireless power signals, and to not recharge the battery only if the monitored frequency does not match a predetermined frequency range.

US Pat. No. 10,393,882

ESTIMATION OF INTER-FREQUENCY BIAS FOR AMBIGUITY RESOLUTION IN GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEM RECEIVERS

15. An apparatus comprising:an ambiguity resolution engine implemented at least one of on at least one processor or by hardware, the ambiguity resolution engine to:
determine an initial set of floating-point ambiguities based on carrier phase measurements and code measurements obtained for a plurality of satellite signals received by a mobile receiver from a plurality of satellites of a global navigation satellite system, the initial set of floating-point ambiguities including an inter-frequency bias; and
perform a least squares search process based on the initial set of floating-point ambiguities to determine a selected set of integer ambiguities and a corresponding estimate of the inter-frequency bias; and
a position determiner implemented at least one of on at least one processor or by hardware, the position determiner to estimate a position of the mobile receiver based on the selected set of integer ambiguities and the corresponding estimate of the inter-frequency bias.

US Pat. No. 10,393,881

OBTAINING VEHICLE POSITIONS BASED ON POSITIONAL TRIGGER EVENTS

GENERAL MOTORS LLC, Detr...

1. A method of obtaining a path of a vehicle, wherein the method is carried out by vehicle electronics of the vehicle, wherein the vehicle electronics include a global positioning satellite (GPS) module that is configured to receive one or more GPS signals from a constellation of GPS satellites, and wherein the method comprises:obtaining a first position of the vehicle using the GPS module;
monitoring for an occurrence of a positional trigger event at the vehicle electronics, wherein the positional trigger event is based on a change in vehicle speed, a change in a steering element angular position, and a vehicle turn duration, wherein one or more thresholds are used to assess the occurrence of the positional trigger event, wherein the monitoring includes using vehicle information to convert the change in the steering element angular position to a vehicle turn radius, and wherein at least one of the one or more thresholds is dynamically adjusted based on the vehicle speed and the vehicle turn radius in an inverse relationship such that lower vehicle speeds require a greater vehicle turn radius to satisfy the positional trigger event and greater vehicle speeds require a lesser vehicle turn radius to satisfy the positional trigger event;
in response to the occurrence of the positional trigger event, obtaining a second position of the vehicle using the GPS module; and
transmitting the first and second positions to a storage device, wherein the first and second positions form the path.

US Pat. No. 10,393,879

GLOBAL POSITIONING DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A global positioning device comprising:a receiver configured to receive a value of an error used in satellite positioning at a first time interval and receive a first correction value of the error at a second time interval that is 1/n (n is an integer of two or larger) time interval of the first time interval; and
processing circuitry configured to correct the value of the error at the second time interval using the first correction value, wherein
the receiver is further configured to receive, at the first time interval, a first value of a frequency-dependent error that is an error dependent on a frequency of a carrier from a positioning satellite and a second value of a frequency-independent error that is an error independent of the frequency of the carrier and receive, at the second time interval, a second correction value of the frequency-independent error, and
the processing circuitry is further configured to correct the second value of the frequency-independent error at the second time interval using the second correction value.

US Pat. No. 10,393,876

CAMERA DEVICE

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A camera device comprising:a light supplier configured to output IR (infrared) light;
a light receiver including a plurality of pixels each having a first receiving unit and a second receiving unit and configured to be input with light output from the light supplier and then reflected from an object;
a calculator configured to calculate a distance from the object using a difference in amounts of light input to the first receiving unit and the second receiving unit of the light receiver;
a first lens configured to refract light output from the light supplier in a first direction;
a second lens configured to refract light output from the light supplier in a second direction, which are disposed between the light supplier and the object; and
a light transmission member arranged between the light supplier and the first lens to transmit light output from the light supplier to the first lens.

US Pat. No. 10,393,874

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A distance measuring device comprising:at least one distance measuring unit configured for contactless distance measurement, the at least one distance measuring unit comprising:
at least one transmission device configured to emit a reference radiation and a measurement radiation, the reference radiation being embodied as at least one partial beam of divergent radiation;
at least one sensor device configured to detect the reference radiation and the measurement radiation, the at least one sensor device comprising:
at least one first detection region configured to detect the reference radiation and having at least one single photon avalanche diode (SPAD), the reference radiation being incident on the at least one first detection region;
at least one second detection region configured to detect the measurement radiation; and
an integrated circuit semiconductor component having both the first detection region and the second detection region, and
a first optical barrier shielding a portion of the reference radiation from the measurement radiation, wherein:
the at least one beam of divergent radiation that embodies the reference radiation has a divergence angle-dependent beam profile that is described by an intensity distribution function that drops off to edge regions; and
the reference radiation is embodied as a partial beam of the divergent radiation that is emitted in at least one of the edge regions.

US Pat. No. 10,393,864

HIDDEN ULTRASONIC SENSOR ASSEMBLY

Tesla, Inc., Palo Alto, ...

1. An ultrasonic sensor assembly configured to be placed against an inside surface of a panel for sensing objects on an opposite side of the panel, the ultrasonic sensor assembly comprising:an ultrasonic sensor;
a preload structure having the ultrasonic sensor attached thereto, the preload structure configured for applying a preload on the ultrasonic sensor toward the inside surface;
a coupling element that interfaces between the ultrasonic sensor and the inside surface of the panel; and
a damping material placed against the inside surface and not where the coupling element interfaces between the ultrasonic sensor and the inside surface; and
an acoustic foam placed in contact with the damping material, the acoustic foam configured for absorbing airborne acoustic waves.

US Pat. No. 10,393,861

FREQUENCY MODULATION CIRCUIT, FM-CW RADAR, AND HIGH-SPEED MODULATION RADAR

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A frequency modulation circuit comprising:a digital-analog converter to output modulation control time-dependent voltage data;
a voltage control oscillator to oscillate, based on the modulation control time-dependent voltage data output from the digital-analog converter, an oscillation frequency signal;
a frequency divider to perform frequency division of the oscillation frequency signal of the voltage control oscillator and output a frequency division signal;
a frequency converter to down-convert the frequency division signal output from the frequency divider;
a single-phase differential converter to convert an intermediate frequency signal of single-phase output from the frequency converter into differential signals and output the differential signals;
an analog-digital converter to convert, concerning the differential signals output from the single-phase differential converter, analog signals of the differential signals into digital signals; and
a signal processing circuit to perform frequency measurement based on the differential signals of the analog-digital converter, update the modulation control time-dependent voltage data based on the measured frequency, and correct a time error of the oscillation frequency signal of the voltage control oscillator.

US Pat. No. 10,393,835

COMBINED SHIM AND BORE COOLING ASSEMBLY

Siemens Healthcare Limite...

1. An arrangement for shimming a background magnetic field of a cylindrical superconducting magnet for a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus, said arrangement comprising:a cylindrical outer vacuum chamber (OVC) bore tube, with rails on a radially inner surface of the OVC bore tube and shim trays containing shim elements mounted between respective rails that extend around the cylindrical OVC bore tube, with multiple arrangements of said shim trays being retained by said rails so as to be adjacent one another around the radially inner surface of the cylindrical OVC bore tube;
the rails having grooves that accommodate respective edges of respective shim trays;
an interference fit between each shim tray and at least one of the respective grooves;
at least some of the rails having a passageway, said passageways being connected by conduits into a coolant circuit for circulation of a coolant fluid therethrough;
the rails and the shim tray being at least partially constructed of a thermally conductive material, and being in thermal contact with one another and the OVC bore tube, causing the coolant fluid to stabilize a temperature of the OVC bore tube, the shim tray and the shim elements; and
each shim tray comprising a bottom piece and a lid that is secured to the bottom piece, said lid being in thermal contact with the rails, so that said shim trays and said rails form a thermal shield for the OVC bore tube.

US Pat. No. 10,393,834

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS AND NOISE REDUCTION METHOD

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising:a gradient magnetic field device that applies a pulse-shaped gradient magnetic field to an object placed in a static magnetic field; and
a measurement control unit that drives the gradient magnetic field device by one or more gradient magnetic field pulses and measures magnetic resonance image data,
wherein the measurement control unit performs noise suppression control to shift a frequency of noise generated by the gradient magnetic field device to a low frequency side by changing a waveform of at least one gradient magnetic field pulse during repetition of the gradient magnetic field pulses at a constant period, and
wherein the measurement control unit performs, as the noise suppression control, a combination of two or more of:
a change in the waveform of the gradient magnetic field pulse for each setting repetition number of the gradient magnetic field pulses at the constant period,
reversion of polarity of at least one gradient magnetic field pulse during the repetition of the gradient magnetic field pulses at the constant period,
an increase in an application time of at least one gradient magnetic field pulse during the repetition of the gradient magnetic field pulses at the constant period, and
movement of an application timing of at least one gradient magnetic field pulse in a temporal axis direction during the repetition of the gradient magnetic field pulses at the constant period.

US Pat. No. 10,393,819

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING STATE OF BATTERY

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A battery information estimation apparatus in a battery management system, the apparatus comprising:a processor comprising:
a time detector configured to detect respective times during which a measured voltage level of a battery, being partially charged and discharged, changes to correspond to a plurality of predetermined voltage intervals through a constant current charge, the measured voltage level being measured using a sensor; and
a state of health (SoH) information estimator configured to:
determine respective voltage intervals, belonging to measured voltage levels of the battery during the detected respective times, from among the plurality of predetermined voltage intervals included in predetermined reference information,
determine time information corresponding to the detected respective times, from among items of time information included in the predetermined reference information, the items being determined to be mapped to the determined respective voltage intervals, and
estimate state of health (SoH) information of the battery based on a SoH reference value being mapped to the determined time information using reference SoH information included in the predetermined reference information.

US Pat. No. 10,393,804

CLOCK SELECTION CIRCUIT AND TEST CLOCK GENERATION CIRCUIT FOR LBIST AND ATPG TEST CIRCUIT

STMicroelectronics Intern...

1. A test circuit operable in an automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) mode and a logic built-in self-test (LBIST) mode, the test circuit comprising:a clock selection circuit comprising:
clock logic circuitry configured to receive an LBIST mode signal and an ATPG mode signal and to generate an indication of whether the test circuit is operating in either the ATPG mode or the LBIST mode;
a multiplexing circuit configured to receive an ATPG clock and a functional clock as input and output a selected one of the ATPG clock and the functional clock; and
a clock gate circuit enabled in response to enable signals, wherein the enable signals are an inverse of a selected one of the ATPG clock and the functional clock, the clock gate circuit receiving the indication of whether the test circuit is operating in either the ATPG mode or the LBIST mode and configured to generate a test clock as a function of the indication.

US Pat. No. 10,393,803

MEMORY LOOPBACK SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. A memory module comprising:a first loopback pin communicatively coupled to a first loopback chain; and
a first plurality of memory devices coupled in series to form the first loopback chain, wherein the first plurality of memory devices comprises:
a first memory device comprising first storage circuitry; and
a second memory device comprising second storage circuitry and coupled in the first loopback chain downstream relative to the first memory device;
wherein, when first data communicated with the first storage circuitry is targeted by loopback parameters:
the first memory device is configured to generate a first loopback signal based at least in part on the first data; and
the second memory device is configured to generate a second loopback signal by inverting the first loopback signal to facilitate monitoring operation of the first memory device when a first output loopback signal generated based at least in part on the second loopback signal is output via the first loopback pin, wherein:
the first memory device is configured to:
generate a first data signal indicative of the first data using a first data frequency while operating in a normal mode; and
generate the first loopback signal by sampling the first data signal using a second data frequency while operating in a loopback mode and the first data communicated with the first storage circuitry is targeted by the loopback parameters, wherein the first data frequency is greater than the second data frequency and an integer multiple of the second data frequency; and
the second memory device is configured to:
generate a second data signal indicative of second data communicated with the second storage circuitry in the second memory device using the first data frequency while operating in the normal mode;
generate the second loopback signal by sampling the second data signal using the second data frequency while operating in the loopback mode and the second data communicated with the first storage circuitry is targeted by the loopback parameters; and
generate the second loopback signal by selecting an inverted loopback signal from between the inverted loopback signal and a non-inverted loopback signal.

US Pat. No. 10,393,798

INTEGRATED ELECTRO-OPTICAL MODULE ASSEMBLY

International Business Ma...

1. A test structure comprising:a frame containing a plurality of openings that extend entirely through the frame and having a plurality of integrated probes located on a surface thereof;
a flexible substrate located entirely beneath the frame and comprising areas for forming electro-optical module assemblies, the flexible substrate containing integrated traces and pads for electrical testing located on a surface thereof, wherein the integrated probes and the integrated traces and pads are configured to contact each other upon contacting the frame with the flexible substrate, and wherein each opening in the frame is configured to physically expose one of the areas for forming one of the electro-optical module assemblies;
an optical component holder located entirely beneath the flexible substrate, wherein the optical component holder is configured to include a plurality of openings, each opening in the optical component holder containing an optical component to affix to a surface of the flexible substrate opposite a surface that contacts the frame; and
a light source located entirely beneath, and spaced apart from, the optical component holder.

US Pat. No. 10,393,782

STRUCTURES AND METHODS FOR RF DE-EMBEDDING

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of radio frequency (RF) de-embedding, comprising:measuring first scattering parameters (S-parameters) of a first test device with a first set of structures comprising a first device under test (DUT) structure, a first through structure, and a first open structure, the first through and the first open structures corresponding to the first DUT structure;
measuring second S-parameters of a modified version of the first test device with a second set of structures comprising a second device under test (DUT) structure, a second through structure, and a second open structure, the second through and the second open structures corresponding to the second DUT structure;
determining a first electrical parameter of the first test device in the first DUT structure and a second electrical parameter of the modified version of the first test device in the second DUT structure based on the first and the second S-parameters;
determining the first and second electrical parameters based on calculations based on a difference between results of calculations based on the first S-parameters and results of calculations based on the second S-parameters; and
storing the first and the second electrical parameters,
wherein the first test device has a first length, the modified version of the first test device has a second length, and the second length is longer than the first length,
the first DUT structure is sized to accept the first length of the first test device, and
the second DUT structure is sized to accept the second length of the modified version of the first test device.

US Pat. No. 10,393,775

CURRENT-MEASURING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN ELECTRIC CURRENT

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A current-measuring device for determining an electric current in an electrical conductor, the device comprising:a plurality of magnetic-field sensors arrayed around the electrical conductor and providing an output signal corresponding to a detected magnetic field;
a compensation coil arranged around the electrical conductor;
wherein the plurality of magnetic-field sensors are arranged in the interior of the compensation coil; and
a controller setting an electric compensation current in the compensation coil;
wherein the plurality of magnetic-field sensors are arranged in a plane extending perpendicular to a direction of current flow through the electrical conductor;
a surface segment of the plane is assigned to each magnetic-field sensor of the plurality of magnetic-field sensors; and
a respective output signal provided by a respective magnetic-field sensor is adjusted with a weighting factor corresponding to a surface area of the corresponding surface segment.

US Pat. No. 10,393,772

WAVE INTERFACE ASSEMBLY FOR AUTOMATIC TEST EQUIPMENT FOR SEMICONDUCTOR TESTING

ADVANTEST CORPORATION, T...

1. A wave interfacing apparatus comprising:a socket for storing a device under test, said socket is adapted to send signals corresponding to said device under test therefrom and adapted to receive signals corresponding to said device under test thereto;
a plurality of patch antennas, each patch antenna proximately positioned relative to each other and said socket, each patch antenna is electrically coupled to said device under test; and
a single structure comprising a plurality of waveguides tightly disposed with a pitch common to said plurality of patch antennas, each waveguide mounted adjacent to a respective patch antenna from said plurality of patch antennas, wherein each waveguide is adapted to allow signal traversal from said device under test to a tester diagnostic system.

US Pat. No. 10,393,768

MEMS DEVICE TO SELECTIVELY MEASURE EXCITATION IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS

Invensense, Inc., San Jo...

1. A system , comprising:a sensor system, the sensor system comprising, a first MEMS sensor, a second MEMS sensor and a signal processor,
wherein the sensor system is configured to be excited along a predefined first axis;
wherein the first MEMS sensor has a first primary sense axis and is configured to output a first signal proportional to an excitation of the sensor system sensed along the first primary sense axis, the first primary sense axis different than the predefined first axis;
wherein the first MEMS sensor is configured to move in response to a component of the excitation along the predefined first axis that is aligned with the first primary sense axis;
wherein the second MEMS sensor has a second primary sense axis and is configured to output a second signal proportional to an excitation of the sensor system sensed along the second primary sense axis, the second primary sense axis different than the predefined first axis;
wherein the second MEMS sensor is configured to move in response to a component of the excitation along the first axis that is aligned with the second primary sense axis;
wherein, the first axis is predefined with reference to the first primary sense axis and the second primary sense axis;
wherein the signal processor is configured to combine the first signal and the second signal to output a third signal proportional to the excitation of the sensor system along the predefined first axis;
wherein the predefined first axis, the first primary sense axis and the second primary sense axis have different orientations; and
wherein the first MEMS sensor is formed on a single crystal silicon and the predefined first axis corresponds to a high elastic modulus axis of the single crystal silicon.

US Pat. No. 10,393,719

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING INFLORESCENCE, SEED AND/OR SEED YIELD PHENOTYPE

BASF PLANT SCIENCE COMPAN...

1. A method for measuring inflorescence, seed and/or seed yield phenotype of a panicle, the method comprising:providing a first conveyor belt system, g second conveyor belt system, and an imaging system;
placing said first and second conveyor belt systems face-to-face, and running said first and second conveyor belt systems simultaneously and in the same direction such that said first and second conveyor belt systems perform a gripping action;
providing a panicle cut from a plant;
providing said panicle to the first and second conveyor belt systems;
said first and second conveyor belt systems declining taking the panicle downward;
presenting said panicle at an end of the gripping first and second conveyor belt systems to said imaging system;
said imaging system acquiring at least one spatially resolved image, and
measuring the phenotype from said image by appropriate software;
directing electromagnetic radiation on said panicle, said panicle thereby propagating electromagnetic radiation;
imaging said panicle at different wavelengths thereby obtaining images comprising pixels;
aligning said images recorded at different wavelengths on the basis of said pixels, thereby generating a 3-dimensional imaging cube, said 3-dimensional imaging cube comprising 2 spatial dimensions and 1 spectral dimension;
using a customary predictive mathematical model combining the weighted contributions of the different wavelengths, thereby correlating the multispectral or hyperspectral imaging cube of said panicle to a phenotype;
measuring the phenotype from said correlation by appropriate software.

US Pat. No. 10,393,717

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN OXYGEN SENSOR, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND OXYGEN SENSOR

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. A method for operating an exhaust gas recirculation system having an oxygen sensor element for an intake tract of an internal combustion engine, wherein oxygen sensor element aging is compensated for as a function of oxygen sensor element operating time, the method comprising;providing a first amount of exhaust gas from the internal combustion engine into the intake tract and providing ambient air into the intake tract to provide a gaseous mixture of exhaust gas and ambient air to the oxygen sensor element;
measuring a pumping current required to pump oxygen that is in the gaseous mixture of exhaust gas and ambient air, through a zirconium membrane of the oxygen sensor element;
determining oxygen content in the gaseous mixture of exhaust gas and ambient air by evaluating the equation:
O2=r*(a+b*Ipump+c*Ipump2),wherein Ipump is the measured pumping current, a, b and c are factors for quadratic factory calibration, and r is a recalibration factor for aging compensation;changing the value of r, responsive to the operating time of the oxygen sensor element;
and
changing the first amount of exhaust gas provided into the intake tract responsive to an oxygen content determined by the oxygen sensor element to be in the gaseous mixture of exhaust gas and ambient air, after the value of r is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,393,716

PERSONALIZED CAPNOGRAPHY

ORIDION MEDICAL 1987 LTD....

1. A method for personalized patient monitoring, comprising:measuring a CO2 related parameter of a patient using a CO2 sensor of a capnograph positioned on the patient; and
using a processor to:
determine a first patient specific baseline for the CO2 related parameter that is based on a characteristic of the patient;
determine a second patient specific baseline for the CO2 related parameter that is based on a health condition of the patient;
determine a first deviation of the CO2 related parameter based on a relationship between the first patient specific baseline and the CO2 related parameter;
determine a second deviation of the CO2 related parameter based on a relationship between the second patient specific baseline and the CO2 related parameter;
determine a respiratory condition of the patient based on the first deviation and the second deviation;
output an alarm associated with the respiratory condition of the patient in response to the second deviation being outside a first predetermined threshold value; and
output an alert associated with an abnormal CO2 related parameter in response to the first deviation being outside a second predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,393,694

GAS SENSOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A gas sensor comprising:a sensor element for detecting a concentration of a specific gas contained in a measurement gas, the sensor element being a stacked sensor element formed by stacking an oxygen ion-conductive solid electrolyte body provided with a measurement gas-side electrode and a reference gas-side electrode, and a diffusion resistance layer which allows the measurement gas to transmit therethrough to contact with the measurement gas-side electrode;
a housing holding the sensor element inserted therein; and
an element cover disposed at an axial distal end side of the housing, wherein
the sensor element is provided with a gas introducing part for introducing the measurement gas thereinto at a distal end portion thereof, the gas introduction part being part of the diffusion resistance layer exposed to an outer surface of the sensor element,
the element cover includes an inner cover disposed so as to cover the distal end portion of the sensor element and an outer cover disposed outside the inner cover,
the outer cover is provided with an outer inlet opening for introducing the measurement gas into the outer cover,
the inner cover is provided with an inner inlet opening for introducing the measurement gas into the inner cover,
an axial intermediate position of the gas introduction part of the sensor element is more to an axial proximal end side than an axial proximal end position of the inner inlet opening of the inner cover is,
an axial distal end portion of the sensor element is more to the axial distal end side than the axial proximal end position of the inner inlet opening of the inner cover is, and
an axial distance between the axial intermediate position of the gas introduction part of the sensor element and the axial proximal end position of the inner inlet opening of the inner cover is 0 mm

US Pat. No. 10,393,688

SENSOR DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A sensor device comprising:a first electrode including a porous body that has a plurality of holes in at least the vicinity of a surface of the first electrode, the first electrode including
a substrate having a first metallic material in which either a first passivation film is formed on the surface of the first electrode or the first passivation film present on the surface of the first electrode is lost, and
a conductive film disposed on the substrate, extending along outer peripheries of the holes, and covering the outer peripheries of the holes, the conductive film having a material different from the first metallic material of the substrate;
a second electrode spaced apart from the first electrode, the second electrode including a porous body that has a plurality of holes in at least the vicinity of a surface of the second electrode, the second electrode including a material different from the first metallic material; and
a functional element configured to measure a difference in electric potential between the first electrode and the second electrode,
the sensor device being configured to measure a state of a site to be measured based on the difference in electric potential as measured by the functional element.

US Pat. No. 10,393,684

MICRO MAGNETIC RESONANCE RELAXOMETRY

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method of monitoring a disease status comprising:obtaining a sample from a subject,
measuring a longitudinal relaxation time and a transverse relaxation time in the sample; and
assessing a redox state of the sample from the longitudinal relaxation time and the transverse relaxation time of the sample,
wherein the redox state is a level of nitrosative stress of hemoglobin.

US Pat. No. 10,393,677

METHOD AND X-RAY APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A PROJECTIVE X-RAY REPRESENTATION OF AN EXAMINATION OBJECT

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for generating a projective X-ray representation of an examination object, which comprises the following method steps of:performing an interferometric projective imaging using a radiator-detector system with a Talbot-Lau grating configuration having a first linear phase grating with a first alignment;
ascertaining a projective absorption image with absolute absorption values in absolute representation format;
ascertaining a first projective differential phase contrast image with differential phase contrast values in differential representation format;
adapting the representation format of one of the ascertained images to the other image respectively;
generating at least one new result image by combining an unmodified image with an image which has been adapted in respect of its representation format; and
storing and/or outputting the at least one result image.

US Pat. No. 10,393,676

RADIATION DETECTION DEVICE, RADIATION IMAGE ACQUIRING SYSTEM, RADIATION INSPECTION SYSTEM, AND RADIATION DETECTION METHOD

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. An X-ray detection device, comprising:a first line sensor configured to detect X-ray that is transmitted through a subject and generate first X-ray image data;
a second line sensor arranged in parallel to the first line sensor with a dead zone region having a predetermined width sandwiched therebetween, and configured to detect X-ray that is transmitted through the subject and generate second X-ray image data; and
a timing control section comprising a high-frequency generator and configured to output first control pulses to the first line sensor and output second control pulses to the second line sensor,
wherein the predetermined width is narrower than a sensing width of the first line sensor and a sensing width of the second line sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,393,673

DOOR INSPECTION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE AND INSPECTION METHOD FOR THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An inspection method of a door for a vehicle for inspecting an exterior and sides of a hemmed door, the inspection method comprising:(a) moving the door using a hanger device to be mounted on a jig device, setting a vision inspection device according to a door type, and determining whether inspection setting for the door is completed;
(b) moving the door to the vision inspection device according to the setting state, scanning and measuring the exterior of the door, and determining whether quality of the door is normal; and
(c) sorting the door according to the quality of the door, and moving the door.

US Pat. No. 10,393,653

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPTICALLY DETECTING A MOVEMENT IN A BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft z...

19. An array of detectors wherein:a) each detector of the array of detectors is configured for detecting optical radiation with a detection area which is subdivided into a plurality of detection regions,
b) each detector is configured to form a derivative with respect to time of detection signals of individual detection regions, subsequently to rectify the detection signals, and to sum or to average the differentiated and rectified detection signals of all the detection regions and then to provide them as an output signal,
c) the array of detectors is configured for a parallel optical detection of a respective movement in a plurality of mutually separate biological samples or of a respective movement of a sample component in the plurality of mutually separate biological samples, and
d) each detector is configured for assignment to a corresponding cavity of a multiwell plate or a hanging drop multiwell plate which has a plurality of cavities arranged in rows and columns to receive the plurality of mutually separate biological samples.

US Pat. No. 10,393,651

ATTACHMENT FOR LIQUID SAMPLE MEASUREMENT, REFRACTIVE INDEX MEASURING DEVICE AND REFRACTIVE INDEX MEASURING METHOD

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. An attachment for liquid sample measurement, which is disposed on a V-block prism with a groove which is a V-shaped groove for keeping a liquid sample formed thereon so as to enter the groove, and is used when a refractive index of the liquid sample is measured by a V-block refractive index measuring device,the attachment for liquid sample measurement comprising:
a body, which forms an enclosing space for enclosing the liquid sample between the body and a surface of the groove formed on the V-block prism, and makes the liquid sample enclosed in the enclosing space contact directly with the surface of the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,393,650

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING CHARACTERISTICS OF AN OBJECT OR A SAMPLE

1. A system for determining characteristics of an object or a sample, comprising:at least a first and a second transmitter unit, wherein the first transmitter unit is configured for transmitting first electromagnetic waves towards the object and the second transmitter unit is configured for transmitting second electromagnetic waves towards the object; and
at least one receiver unit for receiving electromagnetic waves from the object, the receiver unit generating a receiver signal upon receipt of the electromagnetic waves from the object, wherein:
the first and the second transmitter unit are configured in such a way that the first and the second electromagnetic waves are modulated differently in such a way that by demodulating the receiver signal, a portion of the receiver signal evoked by the first electromagnetic waves can be separated from a portion of the receiver signal evoked by the second electromagnetic waves, wherein the locations of the first and the second transmitter unit and the receiver unit relative to one another and the transmission or receiving characteristics of the transmitter units or the receiver unit, respectively, are known, and
an evaluation unit configured for generating a two-dimensional and/or a three-dimensional reconstruction of the object using the receiver signal.

US Pat. No. 10,393,640

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EXHAUST PARTICULATE MATTER SENSING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:orienting a first set of electric contact pairs in a first direction to accumulate a first soot bridge set along the first direction;
orienting a second set of electric contact pairs in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction to accumulate a second soot bridge set along the second direction;
sensing a soot level in diesel exhaust based on electrical characteristics of the first and second sets of electric contact pairs; and
imparting an electric characteristic to each of the first and second sets of electric contact pairs,
wherein sensing the soot level in diesel exhaust based on electrical characteristics includes measuring a change in the electrical characteristics and includes measuring an aggregate change in conductivity between a negative electrode portion of each of the first and second sets of electric contact pairs and a positive electrode portion of each of the first and second sets of electric contact pairs.

US Pat. No. 10,393,617

MEASUREMENT METHOD OF FORCES ON RAILS AND SYSTEM THAT EXECUTES SAID METHOD

1. A method for measuring directly lateral and vertical forces exerted by a vehicle traveling on a rail, the method comprising:measuring the vertical and lateral elongations generated on the rail by the vehicle traveling on the rail via a first and a second pair of extensometric sensors joined to the rail, wherein:
(i) the first and the second pair of extensometric sensors are present on opposite lateral surfaces of the rail and each comprises a first upper extensometric sensor and a second lower extensometric sensor positioned separately from each other on the same vertical axis;
(ii) each extensometric sensor is individually connected to a recording device comprising a separate measuring channel for each of the extensometric sensors; and
(iii) the measuring comprises measuring the vertical elongations provoked in the sensors by the vertical forces and the lateral elongations provoked in the sensors by the decentring of the vertical force and by the lateral force, thereby making it possible to calculate via an equation system the difference in moment in the section that form the upper sensors with respect to that of the section of the lower sections;
calculating lateral and vertical forces generated by the vehicle on the rail via the lateral and vertical elongations measured by the extensometric sensors using a processor that is in communication with the recording device, wherein the processor employs the following formulas as calculation of at minimum the parameters corresponding to vertical force (Q) and lateral force (Y), the calculation equations being:
?S=Kq*Q
S1?S3=K1*?S*X+K2*Y
S2?S4=K3*?S*X+K4*Y; and
displaying and/or sending the calculated lateral and vertical forces to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,393,611

INSPECTION SMOKE MACHINE

1. A smoke generating device for connection to a source of pressurized gas, said device comprising:a housing defining a chamber, the chamber including a reservoir for holding a supply of liquid;
a gas inlet for connection to the source of pressurized gas;
a gas supply fluid path extending from said gas inlet, through said housing and into said chamber;
a smoke outlet for outputting smoke;
a smoke fluid path extending from said chamber through said housing to outside of said housing to convey smoke from said chamber to outside of said housing;
a heating element having a pair of electrical terminals for receiving electrical power and a heating body powered by the electrical power disposed within said chamber;
a wicking liquid transfer device configured to convey a liquid from said reservoir to said heating element by capillary action, said wicking liquid transfer device comprising:
a first portion substantially surrounding and applied to the heating body in a friction fit providing a pressure by the wicking liquid transfer device holding the first portion covering the heating body; and
a second portion projecting from the first portion into the reservoir for absorbing the liquid and by capillary action transferring liquid from the reservoir to the first portion;
wherein said wicking liquid transfer device comprises a fiber bundle wick and wherein said first portion comprises a section of said fiber bundle wick that is tied around said heating body and tied with a tightness creating said friction fit.

US Pat. No. 10,393,608

PRESSURE CHANGE MEASURING APPARATUS AND PRESSURE CHANGE MEASURING METHOD

SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC., ...

1. A pressure change measuring apparatus for detecting a time variation of a pressure to be measured, comprising:a differential pressure sensor comprising:
a cavity casing defining a cavity having a predetermined volume and a communication hole configured to allow a pressure transmission medium for transmitting the pressure to be measured to flow into and out of the cavity,
a cantilever which is provided on the cavity casing to block an opening surface of the cavity other than the communication hole and which is configured to bend to be deformed depending on the pressure difference between the inner pressure of the cavity and the pressure to be measured, and
a displacement measuring unit configured to measure a displacement corresponding to the bending deformation of the cantilever and output an output signal relating to a differential pressure between an inner pressure of the cavity, and the pressure to be measured; and
an arithmetic processing unit configured to calculate the time variation of the pressure to be measured,
wherein the arithmetic processing unit comprises:
a differential pressure calculation unit configured to obtain the pressure difference between the inner pressure of the cavity and the pressure to be measured based on the output signal of the displacement measurement unit;
a pressure-to-be-measured calculating unit configured to calculate the pressure to be measured based on a set inner pressure of the cavity and the pressure difference calculated by the differential pressure calculation unit;
a flow rate calculating unit configured to calculate a flowing quantity of the pressure transmission medium flowing into and out of the cavity for every unit of a predetermined time period based on the pressure difference calculated by the differential pressure calculation unit; and
an inner pressure updating unit configured to calculate the inner pressure of the cavity after the predetermined time period based on the flowing quantity calculated by the flow rate calculating unit and the predetermined volume of the cavity, and to update, to the calculated inner pressure, a set value of the inner pressure of the cavity to be used by the pressure-to-be-measured calculating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,393,607

SEMICONDUCTOR SENSING DEVICE

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. A semiconductor sensing device configured to output an electronic signal of a voltage corresponding to a magnitude of a detected physical quantity or force, the semiconductor sensing device comprising:a first switching output element having one terminal connected to a low-potential and another terminal having a higher potential than the one terminal;
a second switching output element connected on a high-potential side of the first switching output element, the first and second switching output elements being complementary, so as to perform switching operations based on receiving opposing input potential voltages;
a first switching element connected to the high potential side of the first switching output element, between the first switching output element and the second switching output element;
a second switching element connected between the first switching element and the second switching output element;
an output terminal connected to a connection point of the first switching element and the second switching element, the output terminal outputting to an external device the electronic signal having a potential of the connection point; and
an output adjustment circuit electrically connected to control inputs of the first and second switching elements,
wherein the output adjustment circuit is configured to turn off the first switching element when a voltage of the output terminal is less than a first voltage,
the output adjustment circuit is configured to turn off the second switching element when the voltage of the output terminal is a second voltage or higher, the second voltage being higher than the first voltage,
the output adjustment circuit is configured to turn off the second switching element when the voltage of the output terminal is equal to or lower than a third voltage, the third voltage being lower than the first voltage, and
the output adjustment circuit is configured to turn off the first switching element when the voltage of the output terminal is more than a fourth voltage, the fourth voltage being higher than the second voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,393,606

DYNAMIC PRESSURE SENSOR

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG,...

1. A pressure sensing system, comprising:an absolute pressure sensor configured to determine a static external pressure; and
a dynamic pressure sensor coupled to the absolute pressure sensor and configured to sense a pressure change between the static external pressure and a fixed reference pressure, the dynamic pressure sensor comprising:
a deflectable membrane sealing a reference volume, the reference volume exerting the fixed reference pressure on the deflectable membrane;
a ventilation hole extending through the deflectable membrane; and
a deflection sensing element capacitive in nature and coupled to the deflectable membrane, the dynamic pressure sensor configured to sense the pressure change, the pressure change including frequency components in a first frequency range.

US Pat. No. 10,393,603

VISUO-HAPTIC SENSOR

1. An apparatus, comprising:a haptic element comprising at least one optically opaque passive elastically deformable element deformable in multiple dimensions, the haptic element having a first end firmly attached to a movable robot arm and an opposite second end firmly attached to a robot tool;
at least one camera external to the haptic element and operable to capture images of an outside of the elastically deformable element; and
a processor operable to
determine a change of pose of the elastically deformable element by visual tracking and
determine a measurement of force and torque applied to the elastically deformable element based on the captured images and the determined change of pose, wherein the measurement includes at least three components comprising forces and/or torques,
wherein the measurement comprises a 6-axis force and torque vector comprising forces along all three spatial dimensions and torques along all three spatial dimensions.

US Pat. No. 10,393,601

SWITCHED-RESISTOR SENSOR BRIDGE, CORRESPONDING SYSTEM AND METHOD

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. A sensor, including:at least one resistive sensing bridge including a first sensing branch with a first sensing resistor and a second sensing branch with a second sensing resistor, said first and second sensing resistors having variable resistance values in response to a change in a physical variable sensed;
an oscillator configured for generating an oscillation signal, the oscillator controlled by an oscillator control signal wherein a frequency or a period of the oscillation signal is a function of said oscillator control signal;
a sensor reference module alternatingly coupled to the first sensing resistor and the second sensing resistor, the sensor reference module configured for generating said oscillator control signal as a function of the resistance value of said first sensing resistor or said second sensing resistor; and
a processing circuit coupled to said oscillator to provide a sensor signal indicative of the frequency or the period of said oscillation signal, said sensor signal having first and second values with the sensor reference module coupled with the first sensing resistor and with the second sensing resistor, respectively, wherein a combination of said first and second values is indicative of said sensed physical variable.

US Pat. No. 10,393,600

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND SENSING METHOD THEREOF

HTC Corporation, Taoyuan...

1. A portable electronic device comprising:a supporting plate disposed inside the portable electronic device as a supporting structure of an interior of the portable electronic device and the supporting plate comprising a first sensing side surface;
a frame comprising a second sensing side surface facing the first sensing side surface and the second sensing side surface having a recess facing toward the first sensing side surface and the supporting plate disposed inside the frame; and
a sensing component disposed in the recess between the first sensing side surface and the second sensing side surface, the sensing component being configured to sense a variation in a distance to the first sensing side surface.

US Pat. No. 10,393,599

DEFORMABLE APPARATUS AND METHOD

Nokia Technologies Oy, E...

1. An apparatus comprising:a deformable substrate;
a curved support structure;
at least one support configured to space the curved support structure from the substrate so that when the deformable substrate is deformed the curved support structure is not deformed in the same way; and
a capacitive sensor comprising a first protruding electrode and a second protruding electrode that are both capacitively coupled to an overlaying electrode;
wherein the first and second protruding electrodes protrude from at least one side of the curved support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,393,597

OVER-TEMPERATURE DETECTOR WITH TEST MODE

NXP USA, Inc., Austin, T...

1. A device, comprising:a temperature detection circuit, including:
a first path including a first transistor connected between a voltage node and a ground node, and
a second path including a second transistor connected between the voltage node and the ground node, wherein, when an ambient temperature of the temperature detection circuit is less than a temperature threshold, a voltage at an emitter terminal of the second transistor is less than a voltage at an emitter terminal of the first transistor minus VT*ln(N), where VT is thermal voltage and N is a ratio of a current density of the first transistor to a current density of the second transistor, and when the ambient temperature of the temperature detection circuit is greater than the temperature threshold, the voltage at the emitter terminal of the second transistor is greater than a voltage at the emitter terminal of the first transistor minus VT*ln(N), and
a measurement circuit, including:
a third transistor including a gate terminal connected to a collector terminal of the second transistor and a source terminal connected to the emitter terminal of the first transistor, and
an output node connected to a drain terminal of the third transistor and configured to generate an output voltage that is proportional to a difference between the temperature threshold of the temperature detection circuit and the ambient temperature of the temperature detection circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,393,596

METHOD FOR CALIBRATING AT LEAST ONE PROCESSING ELEMENT

KRONES AG, (DE)

1. A method for calibrating at least one temperature sensor of a processing station for processing plastic preforms, said method comprising:providing a measurement preform,
establishing a first measurement value of the measurement preform before or after its processing by the processing station, and
subjecting the first measurement value to a mathematical measurement point recorded by a first measuring element,whereinat least one calibration device which determines a deviation of the measured point from a reference point, and reduces this deviation at least partially by adaptation of processing parameters of the processing station.

US Pat. No. 10,393,595

ESTIMATING A CABIN TEMPERATURE OF A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A computer implemented method of controlling a cabin temperature of a vehicle, the method comprising:obtaining, via at least one temperature sensor, a surface temperature of at least a first internal surface of a cabin of the vehicle;
estimating, via a processor and using at least the obtained surface temperature, the heat transfer from the at least one surface to cabin air within the cabin;
estimating, via a processor and using at least the estimated heat transfer, an estimated cabin temperature of the vehicle; and
controlling, via a climate control system of the vehicle and using the estimated cabin temperature, the cabin temperature of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,393,594

THERMOPILE MESH

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:a semiconductor die having an active region; and
a thermocouple mesh proximate to the active region, the thermocouple mesh comprising:
a first set of wires of a first material extending in a first direction, and
a second set of wires of a second material, different from the first material, extending in a second direction that is different than the first direction, in which the thermocouple mesh is within a middle-of-line (MOL) region of the semiconductor die.

US Pat. No. 10,393,593

MEASURING ARRANGEMENT COMPRISING FIRST AND SECOND PAIRS OF THERMOWIRES

1. A measuring arrangement, comprising:a first pair of thermowires,
a second pair of thermowires, and
an evaluating circuit, wherein:
a first thermowire and a second thermowire of said first pair are insulated completely from one another by an insulation,
said two thermowires of said first pair have no junction for determining temperature and electrically connecting said two thermowires of said first pair with one another,
said two thermowires of said first pair serve to register a first thermovoltage,
said two thermowires of said second pair are electrically connected with one another at a junction and serve to provide a second thermovoltage,
said first pair of thermowires is electrically insulated from said second pair of thermowires, and
said evaluating circuit serves to register said first thermovoltage and said the second thermovoltage.

US Pat. No. 10,393,591

ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION DETECTOR USING A PLANAR GOLAY CELL

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. An electromagnetic radiation detector device using a planar Golay cell, comprising:a cell body forming a cavity therein, wherein the cavity is filled with a gas;
a wavelength selective absorber positioned within the cavity having a predetermined absorption spectral range, wherein the wavelength selective absorber is configured to absorb radiative power from a light source and to heat the gas within the cavity, causing a change in pressure within the cavity; and
a pressure sensing element fluidly connected to the cavity to measure a change in pressure within the cavity;
wherein the pressure sensing element is a microphone.

US Pat. No. 10,393,589

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR HOME MONITORING AND CONTROL

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method, comprising:(1) at a doorbell installed at a door of a home, wherein the doorbell includes a button, a camera, a doorbell speaker, a processor and a communication component:
in response to the button being touched, depressed or activated, wirelessly sending a first communication to cause an audio speaker of an electronic device to sound an audible notification and/or a message to be sent to a monitoring device associated with an occupant of the home to indicate presence of a person at the door;
in response to a detection via a remote server that an unknown individual is approaching the home, broadcasting to the unknown individual via the doorbell speaker an audible notice;
capturing video data within a field of view by the camera; and
causing, by the processor, the communication component to wirelessly stream via a remote server the video data captured by the camera to a monitoring device;
(2) at the monitoring device:
executing an application;
receiving from the doorbell via the remote server at least a portion of the video data captured by the camera of the doorbell; and
displaying the received video data captured by the camera of the doorbell; and
(3) at the remote server, wherein the remote server is located remotely from the doorbell, the monitoring device and the audio speaker:
receiving from the doorbell via the communication component the video data captured by the camera and streamed to the remote server;
storing the received video data; and
relaying the received video data to the monitoring device.

US Pat. No. 10,393,588

INFRARED DETECTION MODULE AND ASSOCIATED INFRARED VIEWING DEVICE

1. Infrared detection module comprising:a detection part comprising an infrared detector and a detector housing for accommodating the infrared detector,
a cold-production part comprising a cooling machine for cooling the detector and a cooling machine housing for accommodating the cooling machine,
a fastening device for fixing the detector housing on the cooling machine housing, the fastening device comprising a nut for being screwed onto the detector housing and/or onto the cooling machine housing so as to secure the housings together, and
an indexing pin fixed to one of the housings and an indexing orifice arranged in the other housing, the indexing orifice configured to receive the indexing pin to prevent rotation of the housings relative to each other caused by screwing of the nut.

US Pat. No. 10,393,586

SPECTROMETER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

OTO PHOTONICS INC., Hsin...

1. A spectrometer, comprising:a light input for receiving an optical signal;
a diffraction grating disposed on a transmission path of the optical signal from the light input for dispersing the optical signal into a plurality of spectral rays;
an image sensor disposed on a transmission path of at least a portion of the spectral rays; and
a waveguide, comprising:
a first reflective surface; and
a second reflective surface, wherein a waveguide space is formed between the first reflective surface and the second reflective surface, the optical signal is transmitted from the light input to the diffraction grating via the waveguide space, the at least a portion of the spectral rays is transmitted to the image sensor via the waveguide space;
wherein at least one opening is formed on the waveguide, the at least one opening is located on at least one of the first reflective surface and the second reflective surface, and a portion of the spectral rays diffuses from the at least one opening out of the waveguide space without reaching the image sensor;
wherein the waveguide further comprises at least one extension extending from an end of the waveguide beside the waveguide space toward the image sensor, so as to define a first opening of the at least one opening between the end and the image sensor; and
wherein the extension abuts the image sensor to form the first opening between the end of the waveguide and the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,393,585

SPECTRAL DETECTOR AND SPECTRAL DETECTING METHOD USING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A spectral detector comprising:a grating panel comprising:
a light incident surface on which light is incident, the light incident surface being a single surface;
a first grating pattern provided on a first portion of the light incident surface, the first grating pattern having a first period;
a second grating pattern provided on a second portion of the light incident surface, the second rating pattern having a second period that is different from the first period and the second portion being different from the first portion; and
a light exit surface through which light exits the grating panel; and
an optical measurement panel arranged to face the light exit surface of the grating panel, and configured to measure a change in intensity of first light passing through the first grating pattern according to a propagation distance of the first light, and to measure a change in intensity of second light passing through the second grating pattern according to a propagation distance of the second light.

US Pat. No. 10,393,584

SPECTROMETER, MONOCHROMATOR, DIFFRACTION GRATING AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING GRATING AND MOLD

OTO PHOTONICS INC., Hsin...

1. A method of manufacturing a diffraction grating comprising:providing a substrate, wherein the substrate has a concave cylindrical surface;
using a blade to rule the concave cylindrical surface;
determining an included angle between the directional face of the blade and the concave cylindrical surface before ruling; and
ruling a plurality of grooves and a plurality of diffraction structures one by one on the concave cylindrical surface of the substrate along a generatrix of the concave cylindrical surface based on the determined included angle to form a reference curve having a plurality of first inflection points, wherein a section contour is obtained by a cross section of the plurality of diffraction structures; the cross section is perpendicular to the generatrix of the concave cylindrical surface; and the section contour shows a connecting line of apexes of the plurality of diffraction structures as the reference curve.

US Pat. No. 10,393,583

CALIBRATION TARGET FOR HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGE SENSOR

NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS ...

1. A calibration target for a hyperspectral image sensor comprising:a plurality of panels arranged along a non-linear path for the calibration target; and
a plurality of sheets of dispersive fabric, wherein each of the plurality of sheets of dispersive fabric overlays a corresponding one of the plurality of panels to radiate a different spectral band corresponding to spectral bands detectable by the hyperspectral image sensor, and each of the plurality of sheets of dispersive fabric is a dispersive prism that refracts and disperses light illuminated from a natural illumination source to provide light on a plurality of different spectral bands corresponding to spectral bands detectable by the hyperspectral image sensor, wherein the plurality of sheets of dispersive fabric are a size that is detectable by the hyperspectral image sensor implemented on a satellite.

US Pat. No. 10,393,582

METHOD FOR REFOCUSING AN OPTICAL ASSEMBLY

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA REC...

1. A method for refocusing an optical setup on a target surface, using at least one beam originating from at least one short-pulse optical source, the optical setup comprising at least one optic for focusing the at least one beam on the target surface, the method comprising, after reference conditions for which the optical setup is considered to be focused are determined:capturing (i) a beam reflected by the target surface and (ii) a reference beam not reflected by the target surface and deriving from the at least one short-pulse optical source, one of the beams (i) and (ii) being delayed by a delay line;
obtaining a focusing signal that is representative of a temporal overlapping of pulses between the beams (i) and (ii);
based on said reference conditions, varying an optical path of one of the beams (i) and (ii) on which the delay line is placed so as to cause said focusing signal to reach or exceed a predefined threshold; and
refocusing the optical setup based on a variation of the optical path between the reference conditions and conditions in which the focusing signal reaches or exceeds said predefined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,393,581

SPECTROSCOPE

JVC KENWOOD CORPORATION, ...

1. A spectroscope, comprising:a light receiving element configured to include a pixel region where a plurality of pixels are disposed; and
a wavelength selection filter unit configured to be disposed on the pixel region and configured to include a plurality of wavelength selection filters, wherein
the plurality of wavelength selection filters has transmission wavelength characteristics which are different from each other, and split incident light for each wavelength and each wavelength band, and
the light receiving element generates a light receiving signal by photoelectrically converting the incident light which is split by the plurality of the wavelength selection filters and is incident on the pixel region, for each pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,393,580

SPECTROMETER INCLUDING LIGHT FILTER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A spectrometer comprising:a substrate comprising a transparent material;
a filter array disposed directly on a first surface of the substrate and comprising light filters configured to reflect first light; and
a first light detector into which the first light reflected by the light filters enters, the first light detector being disposed directly on a second surface of the substrate facing the first surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,393,579

MINIATURE SPECTROMETER AND A SPECTROSCOPIC METHOD

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A miniature spectrometer, comprising:an optical system configured as a diffuser;
a polarization interferometer that includes a polarizer, a Savart element, and an analyzer;
a detection unit that includes a detector; and
a data unit,
wherein the diffuser ensures utilization of an acceptance angle of the Savart element and is arranged on the polarizer of the polarization interferometer.

US Pat. No. 10,393,575

LIQUID SHUTTER FOR INFRARED IMAGING DEVICES

FLIR SYSTEMS, INC., Wils...

1. A device, comprising:a focal plane array (FPA) configured to receive infrared radiation from a scene;
a liquid shutter housing comprising a cavity;
a fluid controller; and
infrared-opaque liquid disposed within the cavity, wherein the fluid controller is configured to direct the liquid from a reservoir area of the cavity to a field of view (FOV) area of the cavity to block the FPA from the infrared radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,393,572

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPTICAL SENSING

Silixa Ltd., Elstree (GB...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a distributed acoustic sensor (DAS) system having a fibre optic cable deployed along a pipe to be monitored, wherein the fibre optic cable is arranged in use to receive an input optical signal and propagate the received optical signal along its length, the distributed acoustic sensor system being configured to:
i) receive light backscattered and/or reflected from along the fibre optic cable as the optical signal travels therealong, the light being backscattered and/or reflected in dependence on acoustic signals incident along the length of the fibre optic cable causing the fibre optic cable to expand and contract; and
ii) process the received light to determine the relative optical phase modulation along at least one section of the fibre optic cable, and determine acoustic signals incident along the pipe therefrom;
wherein the fibre optic cable is deployed along the pipe such that at at least one portion of the pipe the cable is wrapped around the pipe whereby to increase the spatial resolution of the DAS in the at least one portion.

US Pat. No. 10,393,571

ESTIMATION OF REVERBERANT ENERGY COMPONENT FROM ACTIVE AUDIO SOURCE

Dolby Laboratories Licens...

1. A method of estimating a reverberant energy component from an active audio source, comprising:determining a plurality of spatial features of the active audio source based on captured sound from the active audio source, wherein the plurality of spatial features comprise diffusivity;
determining a correspondence between the active audio source and a plurality of adaptive filtering models, each adaptive filtering model corresponding to a respective plurality of spatial features, by comparing the plurality of spatial features of the active audio source with the plurality of spatial features of the plurality of adaptive filtering models, wherein determining the correspondence comprises determining, for each of the plurality of adaptive filtering models, a respective distance between the plurality of spatial features of the active audio source and the respective plurality of spatial features of the each adaptive filtering model;
obtaining a particular adaptive filtering model for the active audio source based on each of the determined distances; and
estimating the reverberant energy component from the active audio source over time based on the particular adaptive filtering model.

US Pat. No. 10,393,570

PRECISION SCALE HAVING A REMOVABLE CLIMATE MODULE

1. Precision balance, comprising:a weighing chamber;
a draft shield, which surrounds the weighing chamber and which comprises a mechanically resilient shield coupling part;
a climate module, which comprises an air pressure sensor, an air humidity sensor and an air temperature sensor, and which further comprises a mechanically resilient module coupling part configured complementary to the shield coupling part,
wherein the climate module is configured to be mounted and dismounted in the weighing chamber by attaching to and detaching from the draft shield via the coupling parts;
a processor;
a data input unit; and
a data transmission path, over which data is exchanged between the climate module and the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,393,569

WEIGHING APPARATUS WITH PROXIMITY SENSOR

1. A weighing apparatus, comprisinga sample holder,
a protective housing, which surrounds the sample holder and has an access port and a closure element, which is configured to close the access port into a closed position and to release the access port into an open position,
a reflection sensor with a radiation emitter, configured to emit sensor radiation directed to be reflected by a reflecting object, and with a radiation receiver, configured to receive a sensor radiation component reflected by the reflecting object,
a motorized drive for the closure element,
a control unit connected to the motorized drive and to the reflection sensor and configured to control the motorized drive in accordance with respective signals of the reflection sensor produced on an approach of the reflecting object, for transferring the closure element from the closed position into the open position, or produced on a retreat of the reflecting object, for transferring the closure element from the open position into the closed position, and
a differentiating element configured to subject a sensor primary signal of the reflection sensor to a differentiation, the sensor primary signal depending on a reflection intensity of the reflected sensor radiation component, and configured to generate a sensor secondary signal;
wherein the control unit controls the motorized drive to transfer the closure element in respective directions of motion, as a function of respective signs of the sensor secondary signal associated with the approach and the retreat of the reflecting object.

US Pat. No. 10,393,568

ULTRASONIC METER EMPLOYING TWO OR MORE DISSIMILAR CHORDAL MULTIPATH INTEGRATION METHODS IN ONE BODY

Cameron International Cor...

1. A method of detecting integration errors in a measured flow rate of an ultrasonic flow meter, the ultrasonic flow meter containing ultrasonic transducers and at least one set of computational electronics in communication with the ultrasonic transducers, the ultrasonic transducers defining a total of P chordal measurement planes across a conduit section of a meter body of the ultrasonic flow meter, the method being performed by the at least one set of computational electronics including a non-transitory computer readable medium with computer instructions stored thereon executed by a microprocessor, the method comprising:transmitting and receiving ultrasonic signals to and from the ultrasonic transducers, the ultrasonic signals travelling a respective chordal path lying in a respective chordal measurement plane of the P chordal measurement planes across the conduit section of the meter body;
for each chordal path, calculating a velocity of the fluid flow stream as a function of the transmitted and received ultrasonic signals;
calculating, as a function of the calculated velocities, a first flow rate and a second flow rate of the conduit section by simultaneously executing, respectively, a first chordal integration scheme and a second different chordal integration scheme, the first chordal integration scheme and the second different chordal integration scheme using two subsets of chordal measurement planes N and M, respectively, of the P chordal measurement planes, the first chordal integration scheme having a summation that uses a weighting factor w that is dissimilar from a weighting factor w of the second chordal integration scheme,
the first chordal integration scheme applied to chordal paths of a first subset of N chordal measurement planes of the P chordal measurement planes and implemented in the form

the second chordal integration scheme applied to chordal paths of a second subset of M chordal measurement planes of the P chordal measurement planes and implemented in the form

wherein at least one chordal measurement plane at location ha,i of the N chordal measurement planes is the same as one chordal measurement plane at location hb,j of the M chordal measurement planes;
wherein at least one other chordal measurement plane being in the second subset of M chordal measurement planes but not in the first subset of N chordal measurement planes;
wherein N?M, M?P, and P<(N+M);
estimating an integration error as a function of the difference between the calculated first and second flow rates of the conduit section of the meter body;
electronically communicating the integration error digitally, graphically, or both digitally and graphically.

US Pat. No. 10,393,567

CONTAINER SYSTEM FOR A FLUID AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. A container system for a fluid, comprising:a container for storing the fluid, the container having an outer wall and a cavity;
a sound transducer unit for measuring the fluid;
a longitudinal axis extending through the sound transducer unit;
a sliding block guide for guiding the movement of the sound transducer unit relative to the container; and
a coupling element for acoustically coupling the sound transducer unit with the container;
wherein as the sound transducer unit is introduced into the cavity, a first movement travel of the sound transducer unit relative to the container occurs such that the coupling element is substantially free from contact from the sound transducer unit and the outer wall, and then a second movement travel occurs such that the sound transducer unit pivots relative to the container until the sound transducer unit reaches an end position in which the coupling element is pressed between the outer wall and the sound transducer unit.

US Pat. No. 10,393,566

CENTERING DEVICE FOR WAVEGUIDE

1. A centering device comprising:a body including a first part and a second part connected by a hinge, the hinge structured to enable the first part and the second part to pivot relatively each other about the hinge, the first part including a first clasp portion and a first channel, the second part including a second clasp portion and a second channel, the first clasp portion structured to engage the second clasp portion to form a clasp, the clasp structured to reversibly hold the first part adjacent the second part in an assembled state; and
a plurality of members extending radially from the body, each member having a distal end opposite the body and having a desired length in the radial direction,
wherein in the assembled state the first channel and the second channel form a center channel extending through the body and defining a center axis, the center channel and the clasp structured to reversibly attach in the assembled state to a body passing through the center channel.

US Pat. No. 10,393,565

DETERMINATION OF CONTAINER AND INTERFERENCE POINT PROFILES

VEGA GRIESHABER KG, Wolf...

1. A method for determining a volume or a mass of a filling material, comprising:assuming, as a first mode, an empty profile detection mode in the absence of a filling material;
emitting, in the first mode, a transmission signal in various directions;
receiving, in the first mode, a reflected transmission signal;
generating, in the first mode, at least one echo curve from the received reflected transmission signal, and detecting a corresponding direction from which the emitted transmission signal was reflected;
determining an interference point profile from the generated at least one echo curve, indicating an absence or a presence of at least one interfering object and a corresponding at least one position of the at least one interfering object;
identifying, based on the interference point profile, an angle of a main emission direction at which the main emission direction intersects the at least one interfering object;
assuming, as a second mode, a volume or a mass determination mode when the filling material is present;
generating, in the second mode, further echo curves, by emitting another transmission signal in various directions and receiving another reflected transmission signal; and
determining, in the second mode, the volume or the mass of the filling material from the generated further echo curves, based on the determined interference point profile.

US Pat. No. 10,393,564

EXTENDABLE MEASURING CUP

1. An extendable measuring cup comprising:a plurality of measuring cups that are in a nested arrangement such that the plurality of measuring cups extend and retract to adjust an overall span in order to adjust a volume of the plurality of measuring cups;
wherein the overall span of the plurality of measuring cups is adjustable in order to adaptively measure a material;
wherein the plurality of measuring cups is further defined with a topmost cup, and a bottommost cup;
wherein each of the plurality of measuring cups has a different size such that the plurality of measuring cups nest with respect to one another;
wherein the topmost cup is largest of all of the plurality of measuring cups;
wherein the bottommost cup is smallest of all of the plurality of measuring cups;
wherein the topmost cup is further defined with internal threading, a slot, and a disc member.

US Pat. No. 10,393,561

PRODUCTION OF HYDROCARBONS WITH METRIC COUNTER

Total S.A., Courbevoie (...

1. A method for producing hydrocarbons on a line of a hydrocarbon production installation comprising at least two devices adapted each for providing an estimate of the flow rate of a fluid in the line based on respective data, the devices including at least one metric counter and at least one other device, and the data respective to the provision of an estimate of the flow rate by the metric counter including a physical measurement done by at least one sensor of the metric counter on the fluid, wherein the method comprises, during the production:acquiring, by the at least one sensor of the metric counter on the fluid, a value of the physical measurement;
providing to a processor a value of the data respective to the provision of an estimate of the flow rate by the metric counter, including the value of the physical measurement;
providing to the processor a value of the data respective to the provision of an estimate of the flow rate by the other device;
performing, by the processor, a data reconciliation and validation process involving the provided data, the reconciliation being conditioned by an equality between the estimates of the flow rate of the fluid to provide by each of the devices,
the data reconciliation and validation process minimizing a cost function penalizing, for each reconciled datum, the difference between its value before reconciliation and its reconciled value;
providing to a memory coupled to the processor an information based on the data reconciliation and validation process; and
performing an action relative to the production based on the information.

US Pat. No. 10,393,560

MASS FLOW METER INCLUDING A FLEXIBLE PLATE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A mass flow meter, comprising:a tubular housing extending along a longitudinal axis and configured to receive a flow of fluid therethrough;
a flexible plate having a length positioned along the longitudinal axis and at least partially coupled to an interior wall of the tubular housing at opposed longitudinal ends of the flexible plate such that the flexible plate can vibrate in torsion;
an actuator positioned on a surface of the tubular housing, the actuator configured to apply an oscillating torque to the flexible plate sufficient to vibrate the flexible plate in torsion; and
at least two sensors each configured to measure a plurality of oscillations of the flexible plate as a function of time at different locations arising from the applied torque.