US Pat. No. 10,478,144

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD USING THE SAME

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus, comprising:an X-ray irradiation detection element including an X-ray irradiation element that irradiates an X-ray to a subject and an X-ray detection element that detects said X-ray transmitting through said subject;
a table that is enabled to load said subject on a loading plane;
a driving element that relatively moves said table relative to said X-ray irradiation detection element; and
a control element that controls a to move of at least one of said table and said X-ray irradiation detection element by said driving element based on a pre-registered pathway information when imaging said subject;
wherein said control element acquires an information as a representative point that is relative to a location at which said table and said X-ray irradiation detection element suspend moving relative to each other y based on either that a relative moving between said table and said X-ray irradiation element suspends, or that once the relative moving between said table and said X-ray irradiation detection element is suspended and then said relative moving between said table and said X-ray irradiation detection element restarts after said table and said X-ray irradiation detection element are relatively moved by at least one of a manual element and or a driving element, and registers said pathway information based on said acquired representative point.

US Pat. No. 10,478,143

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF GENERATING AND UPDATNG A THREE DIMENSIONAL MODEL OF A LUMINAL NETWORK

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of updating a model of a luminal network, comprising:generating 3D image data including fiducial markers disposed at a first location using images captured in a first imaging of a target;
generating 2D image data including the fiducial markers disposed at a second location using images captured in a second imaging of the target, the second imaging of the target including imaging of the target from a first viewpoint and imaging the target from a second viewpoint, the first and second viewpoints oriented at a known angle relative to each other;
determining the second location of the fiducial markers in 3D space based on the second location of the fiducial markers within the 2D image data of the first viewpoint, the second location of the fiducial markers within the 2D image data of the second viewpoint, and the known angle;
comparing the first location of the fiducial markers in the 3D image data to the second location of the fiducial markers in 3D space;
determining a difference between the first location of the fiducial markers in the 3D image data and the second location of the fiducial markers in 3D space based on the comparison;
updating the 3D image data generated using images captured in the first imaging with the determined second location of the fiducial markers in 3D space based on the determined difference;
displaying the updated 3D image data including the fiducial markers disposed at the second location of the fiducial markers in 3D space;
determining movement distances between the second location of the fiducial markers in 3D space and the first location of the fiducial markers in the 3D image data from the first imaging;
determining which of the movement distances exceeds a threshold; and
registering the 3D image data generated using images captured in the first imaging with the determined second location of the fiducial markers in 3D space, wherein the registering excludes the second location in 3D space of the fiducial marker corresponding to movement distances that exceed the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,478,139

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM HAVING COOLING SYSTEM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A cooling system of a computed tomography (CT) system, comprising:a gantry having a bore therein; and
a table that moves into and out of the bore of the gantry,
wherein the gantry comprises a part box mounted therein, and blade elements that are formed in regions of the part box are arranged to control an air flow inside the gantry,
wherein the part box is an external housing for a part,
wherein the part comprises one or more of an X-ray generator, an X-ray detector, a data acquisition system (DAS), a power supplier, a heat exchanger (HX), an high voltage generator (HVG),or a wireless transducer for each part box,
wherein the part box comprises an inlet hole and an exhaust hole arranged in one or more surfaces of the part box, and the blade elements are fixed on an inner surface of the part box,
wherein one edge of each of the blade elements is exposed at a surface of the part box through the inlet hole, and another edge of each of the blade elements extends toward an inner side of the inlet hole of the part box, and
wherein an extended portion between the one edge and the another edge in each of the blade elements is not visible through the inlet hole of the part box.

US Pat. No. 10,478,136

RADIOLOGICAL DOSING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Certa Dose, Inc.

1. A method of administering radiation to a patient, the method comprising:receiving, at a processor associated with a radiation device, information indicating that a patient is associated with a coded region included among a plurality of coded regions wherein each of the plurality of coded regions corresponds to one or more values of a physical characteristic wherein the processor determines a patient size;
receiving, at the processor, a radiation location for the patient;
determining, at the processor and based on the patient size, a safe range of radiation for the patient;
correlating, at the processor, the coded region and the radiation location with a dose of radiation; and
applying the dose of radiation to the patient at the radiation location.

US Pat. No. 10,478,135

UROLOGY TABLE WITH TILTABLE X-RAY TUBE

STORZ MEDICAL AG, Tagerw...

1. A urological device oriented with respect to a Cartesian system of coordinates defined by an x-axis, a y-axis, and a z-axis, the device comprising:a patient table having a longitudinal side aligned with the x-axis, and a broad side aligned with the y-axis, wherein the z-axis extends above and below the patient table in a direction transverse to the patient table;
an X-ray source mounted above the patient table and configured to emit a beam of X-ray radiation directed to the patient table,
an X-ray detector mounted below the patient table and configured to detect the X-ray radiation that has been emitted by the X-ray source and that has passed through a patient on the patient table,
an X-ray source linear drive configured to move the X-ray source parallel to the y-axis,
a pivot mechanism configured to pivot the X-ray source about a first pivot axis and in a plane parallel to the y-axis and z-axis,
an X-ray detector linear drive configured to move the X-ray detector parallel to the y-axis without tilting the X-ray detector,
and
a control unit operably connected with the X-ray detector and X-ray source and configured to coordinate
(i) a first movement of the X-ray source in a first direction
with
a unidirectional second movement of the X-ray detector in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction,
and
(ii) pivoting of the X-ray source to position the X-ray source for directing the X-ray beam to the detector at different angles,
such as to have a center of the X-ray beam aligned with a center of the X-ray detector at each position of the X-ray detector.

US Pat. No. 10,478,134

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED DIAGNOSTICS FOR NUCLEAR MEDICINE IMAGING

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method comprising:defining an uncertainty model of a medical imaging system, wherein the uncertainty model is based on a natural-statistics distribution of the medical imaging system;
acquiring image data of a patient from the medical imaging system;
calculating an uncertainty map of the patient based on the uncertainty model and the image data, wherein the uncertainty map represents a collection of realizations that are generated based on the image data and the uncertainty model; and
applying a classification or ranking algorithm to the image data and the uncertainty map to calculate image data classification or ranking of the patient including confidence values,
wherein the realizations are based on simulations of selections from the uncertainty model, the simulations automatically randomize parameters of the medical imaging system to select different image voxel values.

US Pat. No. 10,478,128

HEART RATE DETECTION ARCHITECTURE

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

13. A heart rate detection device, configured to receive a photoplethysmography (PPG) raw data from a PPG detector and a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) raw data from a MEMS accelerometer, the heart rate detection device comprising:a PPG hardware module configured to receive the PPG raw data, the PPG hardware module comprising:
a first bandpass filter configured to filter the PPG raw data;
a first conversion module configured to convert the filtered PPG raw data to PPG spectrum values and PPG frequency index; and
a first peak extraction module configured to search PPG peak spectrum values among the PPG spectrum values, and output the PPG peak spectrum values and the PPG frequency index;
a MEMS hardware module configured to receive the MEMS raw data, the MEMS hardware module comprising:
a second bandpass filter configured to filter the MEMS raw data;
a second conversion module configured to convert the filtered MEMS raw data to MEMS spectrum values and MEMS frequency index; and
a second peak extraction module configured to search a MEMS peak spectrum value among the MEMS spectrum values, and output the MEMS peak spectrum values and the MEMS frequency index; and
a microcontroller unit (MCU), electrically coupled to the PPG hardware module and the MEMS hardware module, and configured to estimate a heart rate according to the PPG peak spectrum values, the PPG frequency index, the MEMS peak spectrum values and the MEMS frequency index by
determining a reference index according to a frequency index corresponding to the MEMS peak spectrum value in the MEMS spectrum values,
determining a denoising range according to the reference index,
removing the PPG spectrum values in the PPG spectrum values corresponding to the denoising range to generate denoised PPG frequency data, and
calculating the heart rate according to a PPG peak spectrum value of the denoised PPG frequency data,
wherein the PPG hardware module outputs the PPG peak spectrum values as well as the PPG frequency index and the MEMS hardware module outputs the MEMS peak spectrum value as well as the MEMS frequency index without MCU operation to share loading of the MCU, and
wherein the estimated heart rate is configured to be shown on a display.

US Pat. No. 10,478,127

APPARATUSES, METHODS, PROCESSES, AND SYSTEMS RELATED TO SIGNIFICANT DETRIMENTAL CHANGES IN HEALTH PARAMETERS AND ACTIVATING LIFESAVING MEASURES

Sherlock Solutions, LLC, ...

54. A system comprising:a biometric apparatus including a biometric sensor wearable by a user and situationally calibratable based on a physically-measured value of said user measured by said system during a movement of said user, said biometric sensor configured to measure biometric data from said user and generate one or more processed signals based on said biometric data; and
at least one primary processor in communication with said biometric sensor, said at least one primary processor receiving said one or more processed signals, said at least one primary processor determining whether said user has experienced a physiological change based on one or more changes in at least one of a QRS complex or a Peak-Peak interval, said at least one primary processor determining whether said physiological change is a detrimental change or a not detrimental change based on a comparison of one or more health parameters generated based on said one or more processed signals, said at least one primary processor determining an action based on whether said physiological change is said detrimental change or said not detrimental change, said action including automatically notifying at least one of said user, an emergency medical system, or a remote device identifying whether said physiological change is said detrimental change or said not detrimental change.

US Pat. No. 10,478,125

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FLUSHING AN ASSESSMENT CATHETER

Pulmonx Corporation, Red...

1. A pulmonary diagnostic system, comprising:a pulmonary catheter configured to be introduced transtracheally into a lung passageway of a lung segment in a patient, wherein the pulmonary catheter comprises a distal end and a proximal end with a lumen disposed in-between; and
a flushing unit comprising:
an intake port connectable to a gas source;
a pressure regulator distal to the intake port configured to regulate the pressure and flow of a clearing gas from the gas source into the flushing unit;
a first gas restrictive element;
a fixed volume gas chamber between the intake port and the first gas restrictive element, wherein the gas chamber is configured to store a volume of the clearing gas and act as a flush capacitor, and wherein the first gas restrictive element is configured to regulate delivery of the clearing gas from the gas chamber; and
a control unit configured to control a state of the first gas restrictive element;
wherein the flushing unit is configured to deliver the clearing gas to the lumen of the pulmonary catheter and out the distal end into the lung passageway with sufficient force to remove debris from the lumen while the distal end is within the lung passageway of the lung segment in the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,478,124

PRESSURE SENSOR TO DETECT BODY SOUNDS

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A system, comprising:a pressure sensor configured to receive physiologic information from a patient; and
a control circuit, coupled to the pressure sensor, configured to receive information from the pressure sensor, and to control a state of the pressure sensor, wherein the control circuit is configured to:
detect pressure information from the patient using the physiologic information received by the pressure sensor in a first state; and
detect body sound information from the patient using the physiologic information received by the pressure sensor in a second state.

US Pat. No. 10,478,123

ELASTIC SENSOR FOR MEASURING VITAL PARAMETERS IN THE AUDITORY CANAL

Cosinuss GmbH, Munich (D...

1. A sensor for measuring a vital parameter in the auditory canal (8) of a person or an animal, comprising:a sensor element fixture (2), which is positionable at least partially in the auditory canal (8),
a sensor element (1), which is connectable to the sensor element fixture (2) and is positionable at least partially in the auditory canal (8), and
a positioning element (3), suitable for positioning the sensor element fixture (2) in the auditory canal (8), wherein at least one end of the positioning element (3) is connectable to the sensor element fixture (2),
wherein the position of the sensor element (1) within the auditory canal (8) is determined by the insertion depth of the sensor element fixture (2) in the auditory canal (8), and
wherein the positioning element (3) exhibits a suitable shape relating to the anatomy of the interior face of the auricle, and is suitable for pushing the sensor element fixture (2) into the interior of the auditory canal such that the sensor is held firmly and a continuous measurement of the vital parameter occurs in the auditory canal (8) characterized in that
the sensor element (1), the sensor element fixture (2) and the positioning element (3) are arranged at least partially in a housing (4) and the housing (4) is adaptable to the anatomy of at least part of the head of the person or the animal, wherein the housing (4) is at least partially elastic, the housing (4) is rotatable and/or size adjustable, the housing (4) comprises a piston and a guide wherein the piston is at least partially aligned in the guide, the piston and/or the guide are arranged with a material comprising a plastic, a rubber, a silicone and/or an elastomer such that they may be pulled apart in the 0° position and such that a rotation of up to ?120° or +120° results in a deadlock, wherein the 0° position lies in a plane parallel to the sagittal plane of the head.

US Pat. No. 10,478,122

MEASUREMENT METHOD AND MEASUREMENT DEVICE FOR BROWN ADIPOSE TISSUE

TOKYO MEDICAL UNIVERSITY,...

1. A measurement method for brown adipose tissue, comprising:a light input step of inputting near-infrared light from a light input unit into a measurement target portion;
a light detection step of detecting light intensity of the near-infrared light having propagated through an interior of the measurement target portion by a light detection unit;
a calculation step of measuring any one value of an oxygenated hemoglobin concentration, a total hemoglobin concentration, and a first parameter of the measurement target portion, the first parameter increasing or decreasing depending upon the oxygenated hemoglobin concentration or the total hemoglobin concentration, which are acquired by near-infrared spectroscopy based on the detection result by the light detection unit;
a defining step in which an index value for a brown adipose tissue amount is defined as the any one value measured; and
a determination step of comparing the index value with a threshold value to determine whether the brown adipose tissue amount is negative or positive.

US Pat. No. 10,478,121

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN INCORRECT POSITIONING IN THE ALIGNMENT OF PROSTHESES

1. A method for determining positions for alignment of a prosthetic foot relative to a lower leg tube as part of an alignment of a lower extremity device, comprising:establishing, using sensor data measured by at least one inertial sensor connected to the lower extremity device, over at least one gait cycle for a treated extremity, at least one of inertial measurement data and variables derived from the inertial measurement data for the treated extremity, the inertial measurement data comprising absolute angles of a lower leg and a thigh of the treated extremity;
determining a knee angle of the lower leg and the thigh from the absolute angles of the lower leg and thigh;
comparing the inertial measurement data and the knee angle with intended values;
determining positions for alignment of the prosthetic foot relative to the lower leg tube based on the comparing.

US Pat. No. 10,478,120

MRI-GUIDED INTRAARTERIAL CATHETER-BASED METHOD FOR PREDICTING TERRITORY OF LOCAL BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER OPENING

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A method of administering a therapeutic agent directly to the brain parenchyma through a compromised region of the blood-brain barrier in a subject having a brain disorder, comprising:disrupting the blood-brain barrier (BBB) at an isolated region by locally administering an effective amount of a hyperosmolar agent at said region using a catheter,
locating an opening in the BBB using non-invasive MR (magnetic resonance) imaging with a contrast agent administered at said isolated region, and
administering a therapeutically effective amount of a therapeutic agent at the located opening in the BBB.

US Pat. No. 10,478,119

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DRUG DOSAGE MEDICAMENT REGIME ADHERENCE MONITORING

1. A method for oral drug dosage medicament regime adherence monitoring comprising:creating an oral drug dosage medicament regime for a patient, the medicament regime having a plurality of medicament intervals for the oral consumption of a plurality of oral drugs,
loading the plurality of oral drugs into a cartridge of an oral drug dispensing device;
providing a patient wearable vital sign monitoring device for being worn by the patient,
associating the patient wearable vital sign monitoring device and the oral drug dispensing device with a patient profile, the patient profile being further associated with the oral drug dosage medicament regime, wherein, for at least one medicament interval, the method comprises:
alerting the patient of the medicament interval using at least one of the patient wearable vital sign monitoring device and the oral drug dispensing device;
obtaining first vital sign measurement data for the patient using the patient wearable vital sign monitoring device;
detecting the dispensing of an oral drug from the cartridge of the of oral drug dispensing device;
ascertaining the proximity of the patient wearable vital sign monitoring device and the oral drug dispensing device at substantially the same time as the detecting of the dispensing of the oral drug from the cartridge;
obtaining second vital sign measurement data for the patient post the dispensing using the patient wearable vital sign monitoring device, and
comparing the first and second vital sign measurement data to calculate a probability of the oral consumption of the oral drug.

US Pat. No. 10,478,118

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SLEEP ANALYSIS

Cleveland Medical Devices...

1. A method of remote sleep analysis and diagnosis comprising the steps of:a) providing a patient with a portable patient interface box adapted to be worn by the patient and a nasal cannula or a facemask, a respiratory effort belt and a fingertip pulse oximeter, the patient interface box comprising a battery, at least one kinetic sensor, a nonvolatile digital memory, first and second pressure transducers, a first air port for connecting the nasal cannula or the facemask to the first pressure transducer, a second air port for connecting the respiratory effort belt to the second pressure transducer, and a releasable connector sensor input to electrically connect and disconnect the fingertip pulse oximeter, the nasal cannula or facemask for measuring airflow of the patient, the respiratory effort belt for measuring respiratory effort of the patient, the kinetic sensor for measuring body position or orientation, and the fingertip pulse oximeter for measuring oxygenation of the patient;
b) applying and connecting the nasal cannula or facemask, the respiratory effort belt and the fingertip pulse oximeter to the patient, and further the patient interface box to the patient;
c) measuring and collecting data from the sensors through the patient interface box of the airflow, respiratory effort, body position or orientation and oxygenation of the patient in a remote sleep location from the sleep unit or lab while the patient is attempting to sleep;
d) digitizing and storing the collected data from the patient in the nonvolatile digital memory of the patient interface box;
e) to the sleep analysis unit or lab or to a database accessible to individuals from the sleep analysis unit or lab;
f) providing a computer or processor for analyzing the transferred collected data to identify and draw attention to physiological or technological events in the data indicative of a sleeping disorder; and
g) further analyzing at a minimum the transferred collected data and/or the physiological or technological events in the data at the sleep analysis unit or lab, or at a location remote from the remote sleep location to determine whether the patient suffers from a sleeping disorder.

US Pat. No. 10,478,116

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR FEEDING READINESS DIAGNOSIS

University of Florida Res...

1. A method for diagnosing a digestion condition of a subject, the method comprising:obtaining electrogastrogram (EGG), bowel sound, and Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) signals from an EGG sensor, acoustic sensor and NIRS sensor, respectively, positioned about an abdominal region of a subject;
removing artifacts from the signals to obtain conditioned signal data; and
determining a digestion condition of the subject based at least in part upon the conditioned signal data, wherein determining the digestion condition of the subject comprises identifying an abnormal digestion condition or the location or severity thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,478,114

BRAIN DYSFUNCTION ASSESSMENT METHOD, BRAIN DYSFUNCTION ASSESSMENT DEVICE, AND PROGRAM THEREOF

MAXELL, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A measurement method for cerebral dysfunction evaluation, the method comprising:providing a subject with a touch enabled computer, wherein the touch enabled computer includes one or more sensors that measure a position of a touch gesture by a first hand or a second hand of the subject;
acquiring, using the one or more sensors, a response time and position accuracy for a plurality of prescribed touch gestures performed by the subject, where the response time and the position accuracy for each of the plurality of prescribed touch gestures are acquired by:
displaying, using the display, a target with a known position on the display,
detecting, using the one or more sensors, a touch gesture performed in response to the displaying,
determining, by a processor of the touch enabled computer, the position of the touch gesture detected,
calculating, by the processor, an elapsed time from the displaying to the detecting as the response time, and
calculating, by the processor, a difference between the known position and the position of the touch gesture performed in response to the displaying as the position accuracy; and
generating evaluation data for cerebral dysfunction evaluation based on a correlation between the response time and the position accuracy for the plurality of prescribed touch gestures performed by the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,478,111

SYSTEMS FOR SPEECH-BASED ASSESSMENT OF A PATIENT'S STATE-OF-MIND

SRI International, Menlo...

1. A computer-implemented method of improving output of a speech-based state-of-mind detection system, the method comprising:receiving, using the speech-based state-of-mind detection system, a speech pattern collected from a patient;
determining, using the speech-based state-of-mind detection system, at least one feature of the collected speech pattern;
determining, using the speech-based state-of-mind detection system, a presence or absence of a state-of-mind of the patient using a first distribution of a non-lexical speech feature computed over a first time interval in which speech of the patient is collected during a session and a second distribution of the non-lexical speech feature computed over a second time interval in which speech of the patient is collected during the session to indicate a change in the patient from a first state-of-mind to a second state-state-of-mind as a result of the session;
wherein the state-of-mind is defined by a clinical protocol; and
outputting, by the speech-based state-of-mind detection system, the presence or absence of the state-of-mind to the patient, a clinical expert, or both the patient and the clinical expert.

US Pat. No. 10,478,108

ANALYTE MONITORING DEVICE AND METHODS OF USE

Abbott Diabetes Care Inc....

1. A physiological monitoring system, comprising:an analyte sensor to generate signals corresponding to monitored analyte level in bodily fluid under a skin surface of a user;
a motion detector to monitor an activity level of the user corresponding to a completed exercise activity by the user;
a processor operatively coupled to the analyte sensor and the motion detector to determine a previously monitored variation in the analyte level monitored by the analyte sensor based on the monitored activity level of the user, to receive a user-determined bolus quantity, to enable a therapy device to deliver the user-determined bolus quantity, to determine that the determined previously monitored variation in the analyte level exceeds a predetermined threshold, and in response to the determined previously monitored variation in the analyte level exceeding the predetermined threshold, temporarily disable the therapy device from delivering the user-determined bolus quantity; and
a user interface in signal communication with the processor to output a warning of an impending hypoglycemic condition based on the determined previously monitored variation in the analyte level based on the monitored activity level of the user, the user interface configured to output the warning by at least displaying a therapy information relating to the user-determined bolus quantity and a prompt to receive a user input to confirm that the user-determined bolus quantity should be delivered, the therapy information and the prompt to receive the user input being overlaid on a real-time depiction of the analyte level;
wherein the processor is configured to, in response to the user input, re-enable the therapy device to deliver the user-determined bolus quantity.

US Pat. No. 10,478,107

NON-INVASIVE PHYSIOLOGICAL SENSOR COVER

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A method of providing a sensor cover for a noninvasive optical physiological sensor, the method comprising:providing a sensor cover comprising:
a first cover portion attachable to the sensor and configured to block at least a portion of light from one or more emitters of the sensor from being received by a detector of the sensor when the sensor is active; and
a second cover portion that protrudes from the sensor to facilitate removal of the sensor cover; and
removably attaching the sensor cover to the sensor,
wherein the sensor comprises:
the one or more emitters configured to emit light; and
the detector configured to receive at least some of the light emitted by the one or more emitters after the light has passed through a tissue site.

US Pat. No. 10,478,106

PROBE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR NON-INVASIVE MEASUREMENT OF BLOOD ANALYTES

1. A measuring probe for non-invasive in vivo measurement of blood analytes by Raman spectroscopy, the measuring probe comprising a housing having a skin engaging surface for engaging a subject's skin, the housing comprising:a first optical system comprising light guiding optics configured to direct source light, as a collimated beam, to the skin engaging surface and further configured to cause penetration of the subject 'skin with said collimated beam, for interacting of the collimated beam with the blood analytes, wherein angles between rays of light in the collimated beam are within a threshold value of 10 degrees; and
a second optical system configured to collect scattered Raman light, obtained from scattering of the collimated beam by the blood analytes, for use in measurement of the blood analytes;
wherein the first optical system is configured to direct the collimated beam at an oblique incidence angle with respect to a normal incidence angle of the skin engaging surface; and
wherein the second optical system is configured to spatially separate the scattered Raman light from a specular reflection of the collimated beam from the subject's skin.

US Pat. No. 10,478,105

EXTRACORPOREAL CIRCULATION MANAGEMENT DEVICE AND EXTRACORPOREAL CIRCULATION DEVICE HAVING IT

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An extracorporeal circulation management device comprising:first controller means programmed for determining a plurality of first oxygenation-related parameter values of blood supplied from an output of an oxygenator unit that carries out gas exchange of blood to a target person with time-course information and for determining a plurality of second oxygenation-related parameter values of blood introduced from the target person into an input of the oxygenator unit with time-course information;
calculation means programmed for determining in-body passing time information defining a time period for blood supplied from the output of the oxygenator unit to the target person to be discharged from the target person according to a bloodstream volume of the target person and a flow rate of the supplied blood; and
second controller means programmed for selecting first oxygenation-related parameter values separated by the stored in-body passing time information and for selecting second oxygenation-related parameter values separated by the calculated in-body passing time information as comparison targets to evaluate oxygenation consumption of the target person;
wherein the calculation means is further programmed to correct the in-body passing time information according to locations on the target person where the blood is introduced from the oxygenator unit into the target person and where the blood is discharged from the target person.

US Pat. No. 10,478,103

APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING AND DISPLAYING PRE-EVENT AND POST-EVENT ANALYTE CONCENTRATION LEVELS

Ascensia Diabetes Care Ho...

1. A hand-held device for identifying and displaying event readings, the hand-held device comprising:a processor;
a memory coupled to the processor;
software stored in the memory and executable by the processor; and
a display coupled to the processor and operable to present a graphical user interface (GUI), wherein the processor executing the software is operable to:
receive at the hand-held device from a measurement device a first analyte concentration reading and a second analyte concentration reading, both readings associated with a first event;
calculate a numerical delta between the first analyte concentration reading and the second analyte concentration reading for the first event with the hand-held device; and
display on the display via the GUI a time graph including a representation of the first event occurring and the numerical delta associated with the first event, wherein the numerical delta is displayed proximate to the representation of the occurrence of the first event to facilitate immediate visual evaluation of a relative magnitude of the numerical delta and an association with the first event, both indicating a significance of the first event.

US Pat. No. 10,478,102

NEEDLE PROTECTIVE DEVICE FOR SUBCUTANEOUS SENSORS

MEDTRONIC MINIMED, INC., ...

1. A method of covering an introducer needle comprising:providing a sensor hub, a sensor, and an introducer, the introducer being configured to insert the sensor into a patient, the introducer comprising:
a housing detachably connectable to the sensor hub, wherein the sensor hub contains the sensor prior to connection to the housing, the housing including a needle cover, wherein the needle cover is an internal compartment of the housing;
a needle that is moveable with respect to the needle cover and is extendable out of, and retractable into, the housing;
a needle holder connected to the needle and contained within the housing; and
a spring having a top end in contact with the needle holder and a bottom end in contact with the housing,
wherein said needle holder and spring are configured such that, when the housing is connected to the sensor hub, said spring is in a compressed position and the needle extends out of the housing to insert the sensor into the patient, and such that disconnection of the housing from the sensor hub causes said spring to expand, thereby retracting the needle into the housing to be covered by said needle cover inside the housing, and the sensor remaining inserted in the patient;
wherein the housing includes a mating component to mate with the sensor hub and hold said spring in said compressed position when the housing is connected to the sensor hub; and
wherein the mating component includes a lock that locks the needle holder into a needle extended position when the housing is connected to the sensor hub, and when the mating component is not mated with the sensor hub the housing is completely detached from the sensor hub;
connecting the housing to the sensor hub so as to insert the sensor into the patient; and
disconnecting the housing from the sensor hub, whereby the needle cover covers the needle when the housing is detached from the sensor hub.

US Pat. No. 10,478,101

CONTINUOUS GLUCOSE MONITORING BASED ON REMOTE SENSING OF VARIATIONS OF PARAMETERS OF A SIC IMPLANTED ANTENNA

University of South Flori...

1. A passive sensing continuous glucose monitoring system for continuously monitoring a glucose level in a patient or subject, comprising:an external transmitting antenna that is configured to be positioned outside of a body of said patient or subject, said transmitting antenna transmitting a radiofrequency signal into said body of said patient or subject;
a passive internal antenna formed of silicon carbide and including an amorphous silicon carbide insulation, said internal antenna configured to be positioned subdermally in said patient or subject, said internal antenna receiving said radiofrequency signal from said transmitting antenna and configured to reflect said radiofrequency signal out of said body of said patient or subject, wherein a resonant frequency of said internal antenna varies as said blood glucose level in said patient or subject changes;
an external receiving antenna that is configured to be positioned outside of said body of said patient or subject, said receiving antenna receiving said reflected radiofrequency signal from said internal antenna,
wherein said external transmitting antenna and said external receiving antenna are disposed in proximity to each other, and said passive internal antenna is mounted directly towards said external transmitting antenna and said external receiving antenna;
one or more power sources for powering said external transmitting antenna and said external receiving antenna,
wherein said received radiofrequency signal is translated into a measure of said glucose level of said patient or subject;
a display for displaying said measure of said glucose level of said patient or subject.

US Pat. No. 10,478,099

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING AXIAL ORIENTATION AND LOCATION OF A USER'S WRIST

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A strap for a wearable device, the strap comprising:an inner side and an outer side;
a plurality of strap holders configured to attach to a first edge and a second edge of a wearable device body; and
a plurality of capacitance sensors located on the inner side of the strap, the plurality of capacitance sensors configured to sense one or more changes in capacitance due to one or more forces of a user's wrist causing one or more changes in capacitance coupling, the plurality of capacitance sensors configured to generate one or more capacitance signals indicative of the one or more changes in capacitance coupling,
wherein the plurality of capacitance sensors is arranged as a grid of drive lines and sense lines.

US Pat. No. 10,478,098

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

20. An information processing system comprising:a sheet that is usable in a use mode which is any one of an underlay mode and a cover mode;
a determination unit that determines that the sheet is in one of a state in which the sheet is used in the underlay mode, a state in which the sheet is used in the cover mode, and a state in which the sheet is not used, based on data detected by one or more sensors provided in the sheet; and
a unit that calculates a time during which a user is seated based on a length of time in which the sheet is determined to be used in the underlay mode or the cover mode by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,478,095

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REAL-TIME PERSONNEL FATIGUE LEVEL MONITORING

Dharma P. Agrawal, Cinci...

1. A system for embedding in a shoe and monitoring fatigue level of a subject, wherein said shoe having a sole, comprising:a plurality of sensors disposed in the shoe sole;
a micro-controller communicatively connecting to said plurality of sensors and configured to receive readings of said plurality of sensors, and is further configured to validate the readings of a first sensor of the plurality of sensors with readings of a second sensor, wherein the first sensor of the plurality of sensors is a ball tilt sensor configured to detect orientation of the subject to generate first sensor data and the second sensor is an accelerometer configured to generate second sensor data used to reduce an error in the first sensor data; and
a wireless interface communicatively connecting to said micro-controller and configured to send the readings of said plurality of sensors wirelessly to a base station, wherein said base station determines the fatigue level of the subject based on at least a portion of the readings of said plurality of sensors transmitted by the wireless interface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,091

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING POSITION OF MICRO ROBOT USING ULTRA WIDE-BAND IMPULSE RADAR SIGNAL

Electronics and Telecommu...

1. A method of detecting a position of a micro robot, the method comprising:emitting an ultra wide-band impulse radar signal to a space in which a micro robot is;
driving the micro robot with electromagnetic field;
using a reflected signal of the ultra wide-band impulse radar signal to detect a natural oscillating resonance frequency signal generated when the micro robot is driven, to extract a micro robot signal;
analyzing the micro robot signal to calculate position information for the micro robot,
acquiring a real-time image data for a subject where the micro robot is inserted; and
performing position correction on the calculated position information based on pre-stored reference image and the real-time image data.

US Pat. No. 10,478,090

SPECTRAL BIN UN-ALIASING FOR REDUCED FIELD-OF-VIEW MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING NEAR METAL IMPLANTS

Medical College of Wiscon...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system comprising:a MRI scanner, including a plurality of radio frequency (RF) receivers, for imaging objects of interest;
at least one processor; and
a memory, with computer code instructions stored thereon, the computer code instructions, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to:
cause the MRI scanner to perform a first scan, on an anatomy region including an implant, according to a first field of view to acquire first multi-spectral MRI data associated with a plurality of frequency bins;
compute, for each pair of a single RF receiver and a single frequency bin, a respective spectral sensitivity map using at least a portion of the first multi-spectral MRI data;
cause the MRI scanner to perform a second scan according to a second field of view to acquire second multi-spectral MRI data associated with the plurality of frequency bins, the second field of view smaller than the first field of view; and
reconstruct one or more MRI images according to the second field of view using the second multi-spectral MRI data and the spectral sensitivity maps.

US Pat. No. 10,478,084

ELECTROCARDIOGRAM SIGNAL DETECTION

AliveCor, Inc., Mountain...

1. A method of filtering a sensed electrocardiogram (ECG), comprising:identifying a QRS interval in the sensed ECU;
identifying a PQ interval in the sensed ECG;
identifying an ST interval in the sensed ECU;
filtering the QRS interval using, a first filtering regime to generate a filtered QRS interval;
filtering both the PQ and ST intervals with a second filtering regime to generate filtered PQ and ST intervals; and
combining the filtered QRS interval and the filtered PQ and ST intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,478,083

EXTENDED WEAR AMBULATORY ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY AND PHYSIOLOGICAL SENSOR MONITOR

Bardy Diagnostics, Inc., ...

1. An extended wear electrocardiography and physiological sensor monitor recorder, comprising:a sealed housing having a rounded isosceles trapezoid shape with substantially straight edge on a proximal end that is longer than a substantially straight edge on a distal end and configured to be removably secured into a receptacle on an electrode patch that comprises a battery electrically interfaced to a pair of electrical pads on the receptacle;
a set of electrical contacts that protrude from a bottom surface of the proximal end of the sealed housing and correspond with further electrical pads on the receptacle;
a patient feedback button located on the proximal end of the sealed housing on a surface opposite the electrical contacts on the bottom surface; and
electronic circuitry comprised within the sealed housing, comprising:
an electrographic front end circuit operable to sense electrocardiographic signals through electrocardiographic electrodes provided on the electrode patch;
a micro-controller electrically interfaced to the electrocardiographic front end circuit and operable to execute under micro-programmable control to sample the electrocardiographic signals sensed by the electrocardiographic front end circuit, to stage each electrocardiographic signal sample in a buffer, to compress each of the staged electrocardiographic signal samples, to further buffer each of the compressed electrocardiographic signal samples, and to write the buffered electrocardiographic signal samples to memory; and
a flash memory electrically interfaced with the micro-controller and operable to store the buffered samples of the electrocardiographic signals.

US Pat. No. 10,478,082

FILM-TYPE BIOMEDICAL SIGNAL MEASURING APPARATUS, BLOOD PRESSURE MEASURING APPARATUS USING THE SAME, CARDIOPULMONARY FITNESS ESTIMATING APPARATUS, AND PERSONAL AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS

1. A film-type biomedical signal measuring apparatus comprising:a film-type piezoelectric element;
a plurality of metallic thin film electrodes formed on the piezoelectric element;
a first circuit unit for measuring a biomedical evoked potential from at least two of the plurality of metallic thin film electrodes; and
a second circuit unit for measuring a biomedical evoked vibration signal from at least two of the plurality of metallic thin film electrodes,
wherein the plurality of metallic thin film electrodes comprises two or more first metallic thin film electrodes formed on an attachment surface of the piezoelectric element so as not to be electrically connected to each other, and a second metallic thin film electrode formed on an opposite surface of the piezoelectric element,
wherein the first circuit unit is formed on the opposite surface of the piezoelectric element so as to be electrically connected to at least two first metallic thin film electrode among the first metallic thin film electrodes, and
wherein the second circuit unit is formed on the opposite surface of the piezoelectric element so as to be electrically connected to at least one first metallic thin film electrode among the first metallic thin film electrodes and the second metallic thin film electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,478,078

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING VITAL SIGNS OF A SUBJECT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A device for determining vital signs of a subject comprising:a controller with a memory that stores instructions;
a processor that executes the instructions, wherein, when executed by processor, the instructions cause the controller to execute a process comprising:
receiving a periodic photoplethysmographic (PPG) signal obtained from a subject by a PPG measurement;
partitioning the PPG signal in time into a plurality of PPG sub-signals respectively covering a half period of the PPG signal;
normalizing in time and/or amplitude the PPG signal in advance of the partitioning and/or the PPG sub-signals to obtain normalized PPG sub-signals;
combining the normalized PPG sub-signals to obtain one or more combined PPG sub-signals; and
deriving a desired vital sign of the subject from the one or more combined PPG sub-signals or an enhanced PPG signal obtained by consecutively arranging a plurality of the combined PPG sub-signals.

US Pat. No. 10,478,077

BLOOD PRESSURE METER

OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd...

1. A blood pressure meter configured to be wrapped around a measurement area having pulsatile properties, the blood pressure meter comprising:a strip-shaped belt that includes a fluid bladder to which a fluid is supplied, wherein the belt is configured to be wrapped around the measurement area;
a main body that is provided on an outer surface side of the belt;
a display device disposed on an outside of the main body;
a pump that is provided inside the main body, and is capable of supplying the fluid to the fluid bladder;
a first fluid path that feeds the fluid from the pump to the fluid bladder or discharges the fluid from the fluid bladder;
a pressure sensor that is incorporated in a sensor package and mounted on a first PCB disposed inside the main body, and is capable of detecting the pressure in the fluid bladder; and
a second fluid path that introduces the fluid from the fluid bladder to the pressure sensor,
wherein the second fluid path includes an inlet pipe that is integrally formed with the sensor package as a circumferential wall of the second fluid path, and extends straight between the fluid bladder and the pressure sensor,
wherein a second PCB, on which a blood pressure measurement device is mounted, is disposed in a space that is located between the first PCB and the fluid bladder in a thickness direction and is adjacent to the second fluid path in a planar direction perpendicular to the thickness direction,
wherein the pressure sensor on the first PCB is electrically connected to the blood pressure measurement device on the second PCB, and
wherein the second PCB is disposed within the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,478,076

MONITORING A PROPERTY OF THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM OF A SUBJECT

Gambro Lundia AB, Lund (...

29. A method for monitoring a cardiovascular property of a mammalian subject, said method comprising:obtaining, via a processor, measurement data from a primary pressure wave sensor which is arranged to detect pressure waves in an extracorporeal fluid circuit which is in fluid communication with the cardiovascular system of the subject, the extracorporeal fluid circuit including a venous line and an arterial line;
generating, via the processor, a time-dependent monitoring signal based on the measurement data, such that the monitoring signal comprises a sequence of heart pulses, wherein each heart pulse represents a pressure wave originating from a heart beat in the subject;
determining, via the processor, beat classification data for each heart pulse in the monitoring signal, the beat classification data including information sufficient to distinguish between heart pulses originating from normal heart beats and heart pulses originating from ectopic heart beats;
forming a classification of at least one heart pulse of the sequence of heart pulses using the beat classification data, the classification based on (i) the at least one heart pulse represented as a cluster of shape features, and (ii) distances of the at least one heart pulse cluster of shape features from a plurality of clusters of shaped features of other heart pulses, wherein each cluster is in an N-dimensional space, and wherein N represents a number of shape features for each heart pulse;
calculating, via the processor, based at least partly on the classification of the at least one heart pulse, a parameter value indicative of the cardiovascular property; and
at least one of (i) causing the calculated parameter value to be displayed, or (ii) generating an alarm based on the calculated parameter value.

US Pat. No. 10,478,074

METHOD FOR DETERMINING PATIENT SUITABILITY FOR A SURGICAL PROCEDURE

1. A method for determining a patient's suitability for a proposed surgical procedure, comprising:producing a patient specific hemodynamic calculation parameter set using the optimizing method comprising:
obtaining a generic hemodynamic calculation parameter set;
producing a measured, first situation, hemodynamic profile of said patient by measuring one or more hemodynamic parameters of said patient in a first situation;
producing a simulated, first situation, hemodynamic profile of said patient, using said generic hemodynamic calculation parameter set, and a hemodynamic simulation module;
comparing said measured, first situation, hemodynamic profile to said simulated, first situation, hemodynamic profile; and
based on said comparison, adjusting said generic hemodynamic calculation parameter set to produce an adjusted, hemodynamic calculation parameter set;
producing a further simulated, first situation, hemodynamic profile of said patient, using said adjusted hemodynamic calculation parameter set and said hemodynamic simulation module;
comparing said measured, first situation, hemodynamic profile to said further simulated, first situation, hemodynamic profile; and
repeating the previous three steps until a sufficiently good agreement is reached between said profiles, then designating the final adjusted hemodynamic calculation parameter set as the patient specific hemodynamic calculation parameter set;
using said patient specific hemodynamic calculation parameter set, and said hemodynamic simulation module, operable on a digital processor, to automatically produce a simulated, procedure specific, hemodynamic profile of said patient; and
evaluating said simulated, procedure specific, hemodynamic profile to determine if said patient is a suitable candidate for said surgical procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,478,072

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR CHARACTERIZING AN OBJECT

The General Hospital Corp...

1. A system for determining at least one characteristic of at least one anatomical structure, comprising:a first arrangement configured to forward at least one electromagnetic radiation having a time-varying intensity to the at least one anatomical structure and a further anatomical structure;
a detector second arrangement configured to detect at least one acoustic signal provided from each of the at least one anatomical structure and the further anatomical structure in response to the at least one electromagnetic radiation impacting the structures; and
a processing hardware third arrangement configured to (i) obtain calibration data from the acoustic signal from the further anatomical structure, based on at least one property of thereof; and (ii) determine the at least one characteristic of the at least one anatomical structure using the calibration data and the acoustic signal from the at least one anatomical structure;
wherein the at least one anatomical structure includes at least one of a pulmonary artery or a vein, and the further anatomical structure includes at least one of an aorta or an artery.

US Pat. No. 10,478,068

CAMERA DEVICE HAVING A PARABOLIC MIRROR SET BETWEEN DUAL CAMERAS AND METHOD FOR SHOOTING LIGHT HAVING AT LEAST TWO WAVELENGTH BANDS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A camera device comprising:a first camera containing a first lens for receiving light having a first wavelength band;
a second camera including a second lens for receiving light having a second wavelength band different from the first wavelength band, the second lens being disposed facing the first lens of the first camera; and
a parabolic mirror set between the first lens and the second lens, able to let the light having the first wavelength band penetrate therethrough, and at the same time, reflect the light having the second wavelength band,
wherein, the first camera is a non-fisheye camera; the first lens of the first camera is a non-fisheye lens; the second camera and the parabolic mirror form a catadioptric camera; and an aperture stop of the non-fisheye lens coincides with a focal point of the parabolic mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,478,067

IMPLANTABLE SENSING DEVICES AND ANCHORING METHODS THEREFOR

Integrated Sensing System...

1. A sensor assembly comprising:a sensing device comprising a housing having at least one internal cavity and a transducer and electrical circuitry within the at least one internal cavity, the sensing device further comprising an antenna that is within the at least one internal cavity or outside the housing, the housing having at least one additional housing portion in which the transducer, the electrical circuitry, and the antenna are not located; and
an anchor for securing the sensing device within a living body, the anchor having an axis, a proximal end, a distal end axially spaced apart from the proximal end, and first and second rings that are axially spaced apart, surround the axis, and define flanges that extend radially from the axis, the anchor having metallic portions and optionally nonmetallic portions, at least one of the first and second rings being a first metallic portion of the metallic portions of the anchor and circumscribing the at least one additional housing portion so as not to surround the transducer, the electrical circuitry, or the antenna, wherein the antenna is not circumscribed by any of the metallic portions of the anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,065

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING SUBJECTS IN POTENTIAL PHYSIOLOGICAL DISTRESS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A portable monitoring apparatus for real-time monitoring of an ambulatory subject, comprising:a wearable item comprising a sensor, the sensor providing a sensor signal responsive to the physiology of an ambulatory subject wearing the item; and
a portable data unit local to the wearable item comprising a processing device configured to:
retrieve and process the sensor signal in order to determine physiological information comprising an indication of whether a physiological state of the subject is normal or not or an indication of whether a physiological state of the subject is acceptable or not,
present to the subject items selected from said physiological information, and to
transmit items selected from the physiological information from the portable data unit to a remote monitoring station in dependence on the physiological state of the monitored subject,
wherein the processing device is further configured to direct the transmission, wirelessly to the remote monitoring station, which is a current remote monitoring station selected from two or more candidate remote monitoring stations,
wherein the processing device is further configured to select a new remote monitoring station from the candidate remote monitoring stations that is different from the current remote monitoring station; and is configured to direct future wireless transmissions to the new remote monitoring station and cease directing future wireless transmissions to the current remote monitoring station,
wherein the candidate remote monitoring stations are assigned priorities, and wherein the new remote monitoring station currently has the greatest priority at portable data unit of the other candidate monitoring stations,
wherein the physiological state is further determined by comparing a value of a physiological parameter to a predetermined threshold value that is acceptable or normal based on predetermined criteria.

US Pat. No. 10,478,063

MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a subject's eyelid position, comprising:a lighting device configured to irradiate band-like linear light extending across the subject's upper to lower eyelids;
an imaging device having an optical axis on a plane for which a plane including an extending bundle of rays of the light is rotated by a predetermined angle around an axis along a direction in which the band-like linear light extends across the subject's upper and lower eyelids; and
at least one processor having instructions stored in a non-transitory memory device, that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the measurement apparatus to perform operations comprising:
obtaining height information indicating a height in the direction of irradiation of the light, based on a position of an optical image in an image imaged by the imaging device, and
measuring the eyelid position based on the height information,
wherein the height information is obtained based on the position of an optical image in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the optical image extends,
wherein the imaging device is configured to capture the image including a first scattered light image of the subject's eyelid and a second scattered light image of the subject's sclera, and
the at least one processor causes the measurement apparatus to obtain height information indicating a height in the direction of irradiation of the light, based on a horizontal shift amount between a position of the first scattered light image and a position of the second scattered light image in the direction perpendicular to the direction in which the optical image extends.

US Pat. No. 10,478,062

OPTOMETRY APPARATUS CAPABLE OF MEASURING PARA-CENTRAL DEFOCUS

SUZHOU SEEHITECH EQUIPMEN...

1. An optometry apparatus capable of measuring para-central defocus, comprising a first light source emitting a first light beam, wherein, the optometry apparatus further comprises a diaphragm, a first lens group, a beam splitter, a third lens group, a fourth lens group, a first photoelectric detector, a fixation vision module enabling an eyeball of a subject in a relaxed state, and a scanning module for changing a position of a light spot formed on the retina by the first light beam;wherein, the first light source, the diaphragm, the first lens group, the beam splitter, the third lens group, the fourth lens group and the first photoelectric detector form a diopter measurement module;
the fixation vision module comprises a second dichroic mirror totally transmitting visible light and totally reflecting the first light beam;
the scanning module comprises a first reflecting mirror and a second reflecting mirror which are rotatably positioned in sequence in an emergent optical path of the first light source, the rotation axis of the first reflecting mirror and the rotation axis of the second reflecting mirror form therebetween an angle greater than 0 degree and less than 180 degrees;
the diaphragm, the first reflecting mirror, the first lens group, the second reflecting mirror, the beam splitter and the second dichroic mirror are disposed in the emergent light path of the first light source successively, the third lens group, the fourth lens group and the first photoelectric detector are disposed in a reflected light path of the beam splitter successively.

US Pat. No. 10,478,061

RETINOSCOPY PADDLE WITH INTEGRATED AXIS COMPASS OR ADAPTER, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

GOODLITE CO., Elgin, IL ...

1. A retinoscopy paddle comprising:an elongated paddle member having
a front surface opposite a rear surface;
plural openings extending through the paddle member from the front surface to the rear surface;
plural lenses received in the paddle member in respective, corresponding openings; and
an axis compass disposed adjacent a first end of the paddle member and including indicia on at least one of the front and rear surfaces of the paddle member.

US Pat. No. 10,478,060

OPHTHALMIC IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMIC IMAGING APPARATUS

TOPCON CORPORATION, Itab...

1. An ophthalmic image processing apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to store image data acquired through scanning a subject's eye using optical coherence tomography;
a first brightness profile generation unit configured to generate a first brightness profile along a first direction by integrating brightness values of the image data;
a second brightness profile generation unit configured to process the first brightness profile to generate a second brightness profile; and
a brightness correction unit configured to perform brightness correction of the image data based on the first brightness profile and the second brightness profile,
wherein the image data is front image data generated based on three-dimensional image data formed by arranging a plurality of B mode images in the first direction, each of the plurality of B mode images lying along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and
wherein the front image data corresponds to slice areas of the plurality of B mode images.

US Pat. No. 10,478,059

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit light while sweeping a wavelength of the light;
an interference unit configured to split the light emitted from the light source into illumination light that is incident on a fundus and reference light and to generate interference light obtained by reflection light reflected from the fundus on which the illumination light is incident interfering with the reference light;
a scan unit configured to scan the illumination light across the fundus;
a detector configured to detect the interference light generated by the interference unit;
a converter configured to convert an analog signal generated from the interference light detected by the detector into a digital signal;
a clock generator configured as an interferometer including an optical path through which part of the light emitted from the light source passes, the optical path being split into a first optical path and a second optical path having an optical path length difference relative to the first optical path, to generate a clock used by the converter sampling the analog signal; and
a processor including a tomographic image obtaining unit configured to obtain a tomographic image of the fundus by using the digital signal converted from the analog signal sampled by the converter in accordance with the generated clock, wherein
the scan unit is configured to scan the illumination light across the fundus over a scan angle equal to or larger than 47 degrees in air,
the tomographic image obtaining unit is configured to obtain a tomographic image of the fundus at a distance equal to or larger than 4.0 mm within an eyeball in a depth range, and
the clock generator is configured so that the optical path length difference is equal to or larger than 22/n mm in air in a case where the generated clock has a frequency n times a frequency of the interferometer corresponding to the optical path length difference, n being an integer equal to or larger than 1.

US Pat. No. 10,478,057

TESTING APPARATUS AND TESTING METHOD

CHUKYO MEDICAL CO., INC.,...

1. A testing apparatus comprising:a display means that displays, in a background, a visual target varying in size and color for testing a color-related visual function of a subject, the visual target and the background being displayed such that a luminance of the background has a substantially same numerical value in luminance of the visual target;
a display control means that causes, in a state in which the subject is caused to gaze at a predefined point on the display means, the display means to display the visual target, while changing a size of the visual target, such that a threshold that is a size of the visual target that determines whether or not the subject can perceive the visual target is obtained in a peripheral region of a visual field center or at the visual field center; and
a obtaining means for obtaining at least one of the threshold in the size of the visual target that determines whether or not the subject can perceive the visual target as displayed in one of a predetermined set of colors over the background whose luminance value is substantially the same as the luminance of the visual target.

US Pat. No. 10,478,055

MULTI-PORT CAP FOR REAGENT CONTAINER

ASP GLOBAL MANUFACTURING ...

1. A medical device processor comprising:(a) an enclosure for holding a medical device;
(b) a liquid distribution system configured to deliver a disinfectant solution to a medical device within the enclosure, the liquid distribution system comprising a liquid outlet; and
(c) a disinfectant concentration measuring subsystem comprising:
(i) a first mixing chamber in fluid communication with the liquid outlet,
(ii) a reservoir configured to contain a reagent solution, wherein the reservoir is in fluid communication with the first mixing chamber,
(iii) a reservoir cap configured to couple with the reservoir, wherein the reservoir cap comprises:
(A) a static member defining a first fluid channel and a second fluid channel,
(B) a supply conduit in fluid commination with the first fluid channel,
(C) a return conduit in fluid communication with the second fluid channel, and
(D) a rotating member configured to rotate relative to the static member such that the supply conduit and the return conduit do not twist relative to the static member, wherein rotation of the rotating member relative to the static member is configured to couple the reservoir cap with the reservoir; and
(iv) a pump assembly that is configured to simultaneously pump the disinfectant solution and the reagent solution into the first mixing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,478,054

ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE WITH VISUALIZATION CAPABILITIES AND A LARYNGEAL MASK

1. A method for intubation of a patient comprising:positioning a laryngeal mask airway (LMA) in the patient, the LMA comprising a tube connected at a distal end thereof to a mask portion;
positioning an endotracheal tube in the LMA, the endotracheal tube sized and configured to pass through the tube of the LMA and comprising a visualization device at a distal end of the endotracheal tube, the visualization device structured to provide visual images of a distal space distal of the visualization device;
guiding the endotracheal tube through the LMA while visualizing the distal space;
prior to said guiding of said endotracheal tube through said LMA, connecting said visualization device to a display device; and
positioning the distal end of the endotracheal tube in the trachea of the patient; and
removing said LMA from the patient following said positioning while leaving said endotracheal tube positioned in the trachea.

US Pat. No. 10,478,048

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING A CAPSULE DEVICE

Ankon Medical Technologie...

1. A magnetic capsule system to examine a GI track of a patient, comprising:a first external magnetic control system,
the first external magnetic control system comprising
a first magnetic field generation means, positioned on a first side of the patient, configured to provide a first magnetic field to move a magnetic capsule;
and a first external magnetic movement control assembly, comprising
a first horizontal translation means which can move the first magnetic field generation means along an x-axis direction;
a second horizontal translation means which can move the first magnetic field generation means along an y-axis direction;
a first vertical movement means which can move the first magnetic field generation means along a z-axis direction;
a first rotation means which can turn the first magnetic field generation means and a first magnetic dipole generated by the first magnetic field generation means along or parallel to a xy plane defined by the x-axis and y-axis, or rotate around the z-axis direction;
a second rotation means which can turn first magnetic field generation means and the first magnetic dipole around the x-axis direction;
wherein each of translation, movement and rotation means in the first external magnetic movement control assembly can perform their actuations of the first magnetic field generation means individually;
a second external magnetic control assembly, comprising
a second magnetic field generation means, positioned on a second side of the patient, configured to provide a second magnetic field to move the magnetic capsule;
a third horizontal translation means which can move the second magnetic field generation means along the x-axis direction;
a fourth horizontal translation means which can move the second magnetic field generation means along the y-axis direction;
a second vertical movement means which can move the first magnetic field generation means along the z-axis direction;
a third rotation means which can turn the second magnetic field generation means and a second magnetic dipole generated by the second magnetic field generation means along or parallel to the xy plane defined by the x-axis and y-axis, or rotate around the z-axis direction;
a fourth rotation means which can turn the second magnetic field generation means and second magnetic dipole around the x-axis direction;
wherein each of translation, movement and rotation means in the second external magnetic movement control assembly can perform their actuations of the second magnetic field generation means individually; and
wherein the first and external magnetic control assemblies can operate sequentially or simultaneously to each adjust at least one translation, movement or rotation means of the first or second external magnetic control assemblies to provide a combined magnetic field change experienced by the magnetic capsule, which results in a change in either position or orientation of the capsule inside the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,478,044

TREATMENT INSTRUMENT FOR ENDOSCOPE AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A treatment instrument for an endoscope used in combination with an endoscope, the treatment instrument comprising:a sheath having flexibility;
a treatment section disposed at a distal end of the sheath; and
a manipulation unit disposed at a proximal end of the sheath and configured to manipulate the treatment section,
wherein the sheath comprises:
a sheath main body having a lumen extending along a longitudinal axis of the sheath;
a transition section comprising an opening in communication with the lumen, the opening located at an intermediate section of the sheath main body;
a metal member fitted onto a distal portion of the sheath main body and the metal member covering a circumference of the sheath main body; and
a wire, wherein the wire extends through the lumen of the sheath main body, wherein a distal end of the wire is protruded from the opening of the transition section and the distal end of the wire is fixed to a proximal end portion of the metal member, and the wire configured to transmit rotational movement of a proximal end of the wire to the metal member; and
wherein the sheath main body comprises a first tube and a second tube, the second tube connected to a distal end of the first tube,
the first tube comprises the lumen and the opening,
the second tube is covered by the metal member,
the first tube has a first center,
the metal member has a second center, and
the first center is offset from the second center,
wherein the manipulation unit comprises:
a manipulation main body fixed to a proximal end of the sheath main body; and
a handle attached to a proximal end of the wire protruded from the manipulation main body and the handle being configured to input rotational torque to the wire,
wherein the wire comprises a plurality of individual wires, and
wherein the plurality of individual wires are only fixed to each other at each of a proximal end of the plurality of wires and a distal end of the plurality of wires.

US Pat. No. 10,478,038

POWER MOP

Wessol, LLC, Fort Mill, ...

1. A power mop, comprising:(a) a tank for holding a liquid and adapted to be positioned for gravity-induced flow of the liquid, and including a gravity feed conduit for transporting the liquid from the tank;
(b) a hand grip containing a liquid inlet communicating with the gravity feed conduit for receiving the gravity-induced flow of the liquid from the tank, a valve for controlling the flow of the liquid from the tank to a pump located downstream from the valve for providing flow pressure to the liquid, a battery for powering the pump, and a switch accessible external to the hand grip for powering the pump and switching the valve between open and closed liquid flow positions;
(c) a handle tube connected to the hand grip containing a pressure feed conduit for receiving pressurized flow of the liquid from the hand grip;
(d) a nozzle mounted on the handle tube and adapted to disperse the liquid onto a surface to be mopped; and
(e) a mop head attached on an end of the handle tube remote from the hand grip.

US Pat. No. 10,478,037

METHOD FOR OPERATING A FLOOR-CLEANING DEVICE AND FLOOR-CLEANING DEVICE

robart GmbH, Linz (AT)

1. A method for operating a self-propelling and self-steering floor-cleaning device, wherein at least one map of at least one room to be cleaned is stored in a storage unit of the floor-cleaning device, as is a user-predeterminable cleaning plan having one or more cleaning tasks, wherein at least one cleaning task is associated with a particular room that is identifiable from the at least one map, and the floor-cleaning device is placed in a room, the method comprising:when the cleaning plan is executed, analyzing, with a control unit of the floor-cleaning device, at least one sensor signal of a sensor unit of the floor-cleaning device for features indicative of the room the floor-cleaning device is in;
checking for presence of the features in the at least one map stored in the storage unit; and
determining whether the room in which the floor-cleaning device is placed is the particular room;
wherein, if the result of this determination is negative, performance of the cleaning task associated with the particular room is not carried out, is interrupted or is ended.

US Pat. No. 10,478,036

CLEANER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A cleaner comprising:a suction unit that is configured to suction air and dust;
a main body having a front portion that is connected to the suction unit, the main body including:
a dust separation unit that is configured to separate dust from air suctioned through the suction unit, and
a dust container that is configured to receive the dust separated by the dust separation unit, at least a portion of the dust container being transparent or translucent;
a handle unit connected to a rear portion of the main body and configured to receive a battery;
a suction motor disposed in the main body and configured to generate suction force;
wires that connect the suction motor to the handle unit; and
a cover member that is coupled to the main body and located between the dust container and the wires, the cover member covering at least a portion of the transparent or translucent portion of the dust container to thereby prevent the wires from being seen from outside through the dust container.

US Pat. No. 10,478,031

CLEANER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A cleaner comprising:a suction unit;
a suction motor that is configured to drive an impeller and is configured to generate suction force to thereby suction air through the suction unit;
a dust separation unit that is configured to separate dust from air suctioned through the suction unit, the dust separation unit including a first cyclone unit configured to separate dust from air that is suctioned into the cleaner through the suction unit, and a second cyclone unit configured to separate dust from air that is discharged from the first cyclone unit;
a dust container that is disposed vertically under the suction motor and configured to receive the dust separated by the dust separation unit;
a battery disposed at a side of the cleaner and configured to supply power to the suction motor; and
a handle disposed at a portion of the battery,
wherein a rotational axis of the impeller extends in a vertical direction and passes through the dust separation unit, and
wherein the suction motor is positioned between the impeller and the second cyclone unit.

US Pat. No. 10,478,027

TOILET SEAT DEVICE AND TOILET DEVICE EQUIPPED THEREWITH

TOTO LTD., Kitakyushu-Sh...

1. A toilet seat device comprising:a toilet seat;
a toilet seat open/close sensor which senses whether the toilet seat is in an opened state or a closed state;
a Doppler sensor using radio waves; and
a controller,
the controller being capable of performing
a room-entering determination process of sensing approach of a user to the toilet seat based on a sensing signal outputted from the Doppler sensor,
a usage determination process of determining urination when it is sensed that the toilet seat is in the opened state, after the room-entering determination process, based on a sensing signal outputted by the toilet seat open/close sensor,
a leaving determination process of sensing that the user leaves from the toilet seat, after the use determination process, based on the sensing signal outputted by the Doppler sensor, and
an post-use operation process of outputting a flushing signal for flushing a bowl part of a toilet stool after the leaving determination process,
the controller performing the post-use operation process when it is sensed by the leaving determination process that the user leaves from the toilet seat after determining urination in the usage determination process,
the controller not performing the post-use operation process when it is sensed by the leaving determination process that the user leaves from the toilet seat after not determining urination in the usage determination process.

US Pat. No. 10,478,026

TOILET SPLASH GUARD APPARATUS WITH ENHANCED SANITATION

1. A splash guard apparatus for use in a bowl of a toilet to enhance sanitation, the splash guard apparatus disposed on water in the bowl of the toilet and configured to encapsulate solid waste and deflect fluid waste to minimize the transfer of contaminated water from exiting the bowl of the toilet, the splash guard apparatus comprising:a sheet assembly disposed on the water in the bowl of the toilet, the sheet assembly comprising an upper sheet and a lower sheet coupled together and configured to float on the water in the bowl, the upper sheet comprising a top surface, a bottom surface opposite the top surface and a plurality of slits disposed therethrough, the plurality of slits in the upper sheet of the sheet assembly being oriented parallel to each other, the lower sheet comprising a two-ply sheet coupled to the bottom surface of the upper sheet and in contact with the water in the bowl of the toilet, the lower sheet extending directly beneath the plurality of slits in the upper sheet;
wherein the lower sheet of the sheet assembly comprises a top surface with a first surface area and the top surface of the upper sheet comprises a second surface area, wherein the second surface area is greater than the first surface area, wherein the plurality of slits in the upper sheet of the sheet assembly is configured to deflect any fluid waste disposed thereon within the bowl of the toilet to minimize the contaminated water in the bowl from exiting the toilet, wherein the sheet assembly in the bowl is configured to encapsulate the solid waste disposed on the upper sheet, thereby minimizing splashes of the contaminated water from exiting the bowl of the toilet, wherein the sheet assembly is configured to permit the fluid waste disposed on the plurality of slits in the upper sheet to pass therethrough and generate bubbles between the upper and lower sheets, thereby enhancing flotation of the sheet assembly on the water in the bowl of the toilet.

US Pat. No. 10,478,023

FOLDED TOWEL DISPENSER WITH OVERFILL PREVENTION

Solaris Paper, Inc., Alp...

1. A dispenser for dispensing a preset amount of stacked sheets, comprising:a front cover moveably coupled with a housing back,
wherein the front cover and housing back define an interior storage space for storing the preset amount of stacked sheets,
wherein the front cover is configured to move between an open position and a closed position,
wherein the front cover and the housing back are pivotably coupled at a hinge,
wherein moving between the open position and the closed position comprises the front cover pivoting at the hinge,
wherein front cover has two opposing sides that at least partially overlap with two opposing sides of the housing back to define an overlapping area when the front cover is in the closed position,
wherein the hinge is disposed in the overlapping area,
wherein a top surface of the front cover covers a top surface of the housing back when the front cover is in the closed position, and
wherein the top surface of the front cover extends from a front surface of the dispenser to a rear surface of the dispenser when the front cover is in the closed position;
at least one dispensing opening disposed on the housing back for dispensing at least one of the stacked sheets;
a stacking surface for stacking the preset amount of stacked sheets;
an overfill prevention protrusion fixedly disposed from the housing back and extending into the interior storage space, the overfill prevention protrusion having a bottom surface;
a wall disposed between the overfill prevention protrusion and the stacking surface, wherein the wall intersects with the stacking surface to form a first angle and the wall intersects with the bottom surface of the overfill prevention protrusion to form an obtuse angle; and
wherein the overfill prevention protrusion remains at a fixed position and the bottom surface extends into the interior storage space in an amount sufficient to displace one or more stacked sheets exceeding the preset amount such that the one or more stacked sheets exceeding the preset amount physically obstruct the front cover from moving to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,021

UTILITY WASH CLOTH

1. A reusable handheld implement comprised of:a backing, multiple strands and a perimeter;
(A) the backing is flat and made of a water resistant or waterproof material; the mentioned backing is perforated, allowing the backing to be permeable; and where the backing has a thickness that minimizes the volume of said perforations;
and,
(1) the backing is pliable,
(2) perforations are located throughout the backing,
(3) perforations are adjacent to the strands,
(B) the strands are soft and not opened looped; the mentioned strands have an overall smooth surface; the strands are connected to the backing in a manner that allows each strand to have a top end that is vertical or vertically aligned to its bottom end;
and,
(1) the strands are pliable,
(2) the length of each individual strand is not greater than 1 inch,
(3) the diameter of each individual strand is not greater than 1 inch,
(4) the strands are not spaced more than 1 inch apart on any surface of the backing comprised of said strands.

US Pat. No. 10,478,020

SOAP AND WATER DISPENSER FOR A TOILET STALL

1. A touchless soap and water dispenser for a toilet stall, comprising:an internal pair of reservoirs which include a refillable water mister reservoir and a refillable or replaceable soap foam reservoir connected to respective nozzles which extend and protrude from a surface on which the pair of reservoirs are positioned;
a cover that includes a front portion and a rear portion that encapsulate the internal pair of reservoirs in a closed position, the cover having an opening through which at least a portion of the surface associated with the pair of reservoirs is exposed and which further exposes the nozzles that protrude from the surface, the opening extending between the front and rear portions of the cover and on a bottom of the cover, and wherein the front and rear portions of the cover open and close by rotating about a hinge;
a sliding door that is attached to the cover and which is positioned adjacent to the surface associated with the reservoirs, the sliding door moves in a back and forth motion that protects or exposes the nozzles depending on the sliding door's positioning; and
one or more infrared sensors provided in an array around the nozzles which detect approaching and stopping of a hand to dispense soap or water using battery-powered servomotors, and wherein responsive to the hand or other object approaching within a detectable distance to the one or more infrared sensors, the sliding door is activated which covers the recess to protect the nozzles from vandalism or sabotage.

US Pat. No. 10,478,018

JUICER

FOSHAN CITY SHUNDE JUTIAN...

1. A juicer comprising a base part, a juicer body, a strainer, a threaded cutter and a feed inlet, wherein the base part is provided with a drive shaft, the juicer body is arranged on the base part, the strainer is arranged within the juicer body, the juicer body is covered over with the feed inlet and a squeezing chamber is formed between the feed inlet and the strainer, the threaded cutter is installed inside the squeezing chamber and is connected with the drive shaft, the threaded cutter comprises a screw body and a thread line formed on external surface of the screw body;the feed inlet is provided at its lower portion with a protruding part which protrudes along one side thereof, a buffer chamber is formed between the upper portion of the threaded cutter and the protruding part, a pivot joint is arranged at the top of the screw body and the pivot joint is pivotally connected to the top of the protruding part, and the upper portion of the screw body from bottom to top is tapered at first and then broadened so as to form a radial projecting top;
wherein a cutter is provided on the inner wall of the upper portion of the feed inlet, a pluggable push-off arm is further provided within the upper portion of the feed inlet, and a guide groove which allows the cutter to be inserted from its bottom is arranged on the push-off arm at a position opposite the cutter.

US Pat. No. 10,478,017

COOKING APPARATUS UTILIZING GASEOUS FUEL

Rankam (China) Manufactur...

1. A cooking apparatus comprising:a plurality of chamber walls defining a chamber, the chamber including a plurality of chamber corners, a chamber bottom end, and a chamber top end; and
a gas burner including a burner tube located nearer the chamber bottom end than the chamber top end, the burner tube including:
a plurality of tube runs, each tube run including a run length extending substantially parallel with a respective chamber wall, each tube run including a continuous closed wall section along a majority of the run length such that the tube run has no holes anywhere in the tube run along the majority of the run length; and
a plurality of tube bends, each tube bend disposed between two respective tube runs and including a porous wall section of the burner tube.

US Pat. No. 10,478,015

SELF-HEATING ASSEMBLY WITH DISTRIBUTED REACTANT

Tempra Technology, Inc., ...

1. A self-heating assembly comprising:a product container for holding a product to be heated;
a heater container coupled to the product container;
a reaction space between the product container and the heater container;
an open cell foam support structure in the reaction space;
a granular second reactant distributed throughout the open cell foam support structure;
a liquid first reactant in the reaction space; and
a frangible membrane in the reaction space configured so that, when intact, it separates the liquid first reactant from the open cell foam support structure and from the granular second reactant,
wherein the liquid first reactant and the granular second reactant are adapted to exothermically react upon contact with one another,
wherein the open cell foam support structure is permeable to the liquid first reactant and is configured to support and substantially maintain the distribution of the granular second reactant throughout the open cell foam support structure before and during the exothermic chemical reaction, and
wherein individual granules of the second granular material have grain sizes that result in the individual granules being supported atop the open cell foam support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,478,013

COOKING APPLIANCE COMPRISING A LID EQUIPPED WITH A TUBE FOR ADDING FOOD

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A Cooking appliance comprising a lid that closes, in a removable manner, a working container receiving a tool spun by a motor, the lid having a body equipped with a tube for adding food, the tube arranged in an off-center manner on the lid, the lid comprising a locking ring that can move by spinning on said body, and the locking ring can be in a closed position in which the locking ring holds the lid in a closed position on the working container, or an open position in which the lid can be lifted off of the working container, wherein the appliance comprises a drive hub with a lower end that mates, in a removable manner, with a driver arranged in the bottom of the working container and an upper end supporting a vegetable slicing disc, the body of the lid comprising a waste-prevention ring that comes to an edge of the vegetable slicing disc when the lid is in the closed position,wherein the waste prevention ring rises from a lower surface of a bottom wall of the lid and has a smaller diameter than a diameter of an interior skirt extending beneath an upper surface of the lid, and
wherein the interior skirt comprises a peripheral groove receiving an airtight gasket with a lip that comes to rest on one upper edge of the working container when the lid closes the working container.

US Pat. No. 10,478,012

METHOD OF MAKING A PLURALITY OF BONDED BLANK ASSEMBLIES

All-Clad Metalcrafters LL...

1. A method of making a plurality of bonded composite blank assemblies for the manufacture of cookware, comprising the steps of:(a) providing at least two blank assemblies for bonding, wherein each blank assembly comprises three discs of planar materials which are of stainless steel, aluminum and stainless steel, and a perforated template having a plurality of holes formed therein, said perforated template positioned on an outer surface of a stainless steel disc of each blank assembly;
(b) placing the at least two blank assemblies into a pressing fixture wherein each of the assemblies has a separation disc placed between adjacent assemblies to prevent bonding between adjacent assemblies;
(c) exerting an axial force on the assemblies by way of the pressing fixture;
(d) heating the assemblies while under pressure at a sufficient temperature and time to achieve a desired level of bonding between each of the discs in each of the blank assemblies;
(e) forming a plurality of spaced-apart bubbles along a surface of one of the stainless steel discs of each blank assembly during steps (c) and (d), wherein the bonding between the bubbles and the second disc is of a lesser degree than the bonding between the stainless steel and aluminum in areas intermediate said bubbles, whereby a coefficient of heat conductivity is greater in said intermediate areas than in said bubbles in each of the bonded blank assemblies;
(f) cooling the assemblies and removing each bonded assembly from the pressing fixture;
(g) separating each bonded blank assembly from an adjacent bonded blank assembly; and
(h) forming an item of cookware from each bonded blank assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,478,011

METHOD FOR PREPARING A FRESH BREWED COLD COFFEE BEVERAGE AND COFFEE MACHINE FOR CONDUCTING SUCH METHOD

1. A method for preparing a fresh brewed cold coffee beverage having a target temperature, comprising the steps of:a. filling a brewing means with a predetermined quantity of coffee powder;
b. brewing a coffee beverage having a temperature in excess of the target temperature by pushing a first stream of water and/or steam having a temperature in excess of the target temperature through said predetermined quantity of coffee powder in said brewing means;
c. reducing a temperature of said coffee beverage to a temperature at or above said target temperature by bringing a first stream of said coffee beverage having a temperature in excess of the target temperature in thermal contact with a first stream of water having a temperature sufficiently below said target temperature such that a heat exchange between said first stream of coffee beverage and said first stream of water reduces the temperature of said first stream of coffee beverage to said temperature at or above said target temperature, said first stream of coffee beverage and said first stream of water running through at least one heat exchanger; and
d. dispensing a fresh brewed coffee beverage at said temperature at or above said target temperature at a coffee outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,478,010

CODE ARRANGEMENT AND CONTAINER OF SYSTEM FOR PREPARING A BEVERAGE OR FOODSTUFF

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A method of encoding preparation information, the method comprising:forming a plurality of separate codes on:
a container for a beverage or foodstuff preparation machine, the container for containing beverage or foodstuff material; or
an attachment for attachment to said container or a beverage of foodstuff preparation machine; and
whereby each code at least partially encodes a distinct phase of a preparation process.

US Pat. No. 10,478,007

ON-BOARD COFFEE PROCESSOR

1. An on-board coffee processor, comprising a boiling cup (11), a coffee bucket (13), a distill cup (19) and a lid (21); an upper end of the boiling cup (11) is connected with a lower end of the distill cup (19); the coffee bucket (13) is arranged at a rim of the boiling cup (11); the distill cup (19) is provided with a distill tube (20); a lower end of the distill tube (20) leads to the coffee bucket (13); a bottom of the distill cup (19) and an upper end of the tube (20) leads to an upper part of the distill cup (19); the lid (21) is connected to an upper end of the distill cup (19), a bottom of the boiling cup (11) is open, and an inner side at a lower end of the boiling cup is provided with a flange (30): the heating plate (8) is pressed against a bottom of the flange (30) by a heat-resistant bracket (5); a primary sealing ring (9) is arranged between the heating plate (8) and the flange (30); an outer circumference of the heat-resistant bracket (5) is connected with the inner side at the lower end of the boiling cup (11) by screw-thread fit, and a thermistor (7) is installed at a bottom of the heating plate (8).

US Pat. No. 10,478,006

CAPSULE HOLDER OR AN ADAPTER FOR ADAPTING A CAPSULE IN A CAPSULE HOLDER IN A BEVERAGE PREPARATION MACHINE

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A capsule holder configured for holding a capsule in a food preparation machine, the capsule being designed for delivering a food product by injection of a fluid under pressure into the capsule when the capsule and capsule holder are inserted into a receptacle of the food preparation machine, the capsule comprising a chamber defined by capsule side walls, a top wall, and a flexible bottom wall, the chamber containing at least one ingredient to be dissolved or extracted by the injection fluid, wherein a beverage dispensing structure comprises at least one dispensing opening disposed through the flexible bottom wall, the capsule holder comprising:a plurality of pillars extending vertically from the flexible bottom wall to an internal wall of the capsule holder to hold the flexible bottom wall at a distance from the internal wall of the capsule holder, and
a pressure retaining element adapted to retain a certain predetermined dissolution or extraction pressure in the chamber for mixing of the injection fluid with the ingredient, the pressure retaining element being located adjacent the flexible bottom wall outside of the capsule, the pressure retaining element comprising at least one protrusion positioned in correspondence to the at least one dispensing opening so that the at least one protrusion is disposed into the at least one dispensing opening corresponding thereto and that the at least one protrusion restricts a cross section of the at least one dispensing opening corresponding thereto, at least at the time the injection fluid inside the chamber presses onto the flexible bottom wall and moves the flexible bottom wall towards the pressure retaining element, wherein the at least one protrusion has a radial cross-sectional shape that differs from a shape of the at least one dispensing opening corresponding thereto, and wherein the at least one protrusion has a general longitudinal profile such that a radial cross section of the at least one protrusion continually increases from apex to base.

US Pat. No. 10,478,004

GRILLING PAN FOR COOKING PROTEINS

G.S. Blodgett Corporation...

1. A device for cooking proteins, comprising:a first pan comprising a first base and a first alignment wall, and a second pan comprising a second base and a second alignment wall,
wherein the first base and the second base each include a top surface that includes a non-stick coating,
wherein the first alignment wall is disposed in surface-to surface contact with the top surface of the first base and the second alignment wall is disposed in surface-to-surface contact with the top surface of the second base,
wherein, in use, the first and second bases are aligned such that an exposed planar surface of the first alignment wall makes surface-to-surface contact with an exposed planar surface of the second alignment wall,
wherein each of the first and second alignment walls further comprise a plurality of cutouts that expose the top surface of the respective first and second bases, and the plurality of cutouts in the first alignment wall are disposed in registration with the plurality of cutouts of the second alignment wall when the first and second alignment walls make surface-to-surface contact with each other,
wherein cutouts of the plurality of cutouts of the respective first and second alignment walls are isolated from each other so as to block a food product from flowing from one cutout to another cutout of the plurality of cutouts, and
wherein each of the plurality of cutouts in the first and second alignment walls include a void that extends from the respective cutout to a side edge of the respective alignment wall, and the top surface of the respective first or second base is exposed below each void.

US Pat. No. 10,478,002

SYSTEM FOR THE RITUAL AND GESTURAL LIGHTING OF ELECTRICAL OR ELECTRONIC LIGHT SOURCES

Patrizio Pisani, Rome (R...

1. A system comprising:at least two optical units (100) for ritual-gestural control of sending and receiving of commands between devices, said commands including at least device turning on and device turning off, said devices each being provided with one of said at least two optical units (100),
each said optical unit (100) comprising:
at least one upper part (100.b), the at least one upper part (100.b) comprising at least one cover (104) provided with an opening, a coating (102) that limits optical radiation, and an optical guide (101), the optical guide (101) being made of vitreous material or plastic material; and
at least one lower part (100.a) containing electric, electronic and electromechanical components and circuitry, said electric, electronic and electromechanical components and circuitry comprising:
i) at least one photo-emitter device (105),
ii) at least one photo-detector device (107) optimized for detection of an emission spectrum of the at least one photo-emitter device (105), and
iii) at least one processing and control unit (110) provided with:
a) a management and control circuitry (110.2),
b) at least one connection and control section (110.4) for a power supply source, and
c) at least one acquisition, processing and control unit (110.1) configured for managing input and output, storing digital data in volatile and non-volatile form, managing timing, driving the at least one photo-emitter device (105), acquiring a state of the at least one photo-detector device (107), and controlling the management and control circuitry (110.2),
wherein at least one of the optical units (100) comprises at least one optical filter (104.a) in the opening of the at least one cover (104), the at least one optical filter (104.a) adapted to limit an optical spectrum outside the emission spectrum of the at least one photo-emitter device (105), and
wherein at least one of the optical units (100) comprises, at a base of the optical guide (101), at least one area (101.a) of maximum optical coupling and minimum dispersion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,000

INSULATED CUP WITH DOUBLE WALL CONSTRUCTION

1. A cup comprising:a cup body made of synthetic resin and having a containing part with an opening being open upward and having a relatively large diameter to be able to receive a beverage or food; and
a cup holder made of synthetic resin and fitted on the cup body from an end opposite the opening of the cup body, with a portion except for an upper end and a lower end thereof spaced a predetermined gap from an outer side of a containing part of the cup body,
wherein the cup body has:
a holder top seat extending downward a predetermined length from the opening and stepped such that a diameter thereof decreases downward, and having an inclined fastening groove having a diameter decreasing upward, on an outer side thereof;
a containing part-inclined surface extending downward from the holder top seat such that a diameter thereof decreases downward, having a containing part for receiving a beverage or food, and having an outer side inclined at a predetermined angle from an upper portion integrally extending from the holder top seat and a lower end forming the containing part; and
three or more anti-sticking protrusions formed with regular angular intervals around an inner side of the containing part at a predetermined distance from the opening of the cup body toward a bottom of the containing part, with the outer side forming the containing part of the cup body maintained at a predetermined angle, in order to support a bottom of a second cup holder inserted in the containing part of the subject cup body when a second cup composed of the second cup holder and a second cup body is stacked, and
the cup holder has:
a pipe-shaped grip inclined with a predetermined length such that a diameter thereof decreases downward, and having an inclined fitting portion formed such that a diameter of an inner side of the cup holder decreases upward to correspond to the inclined fastening groove formed on the outer side of the holder top seat of the cup and to be in close contact with the inclined fastening groove; and
a bottom seating protrusion protruding inward from a lower end of the grip of the cup holder to be in close contact with a lower portion of the cup body and having air holes formed with regular angular intervals so that external air flows between the outer side of the containing part of the cup and the grip of the cup holder.

US Pat. No. 10,477,999

DOUBLE-LAYERED THERMAL INSULATION SLEEVE

1. A double-layered thermal insulation sleeve having a frusto-conical shape and being used to cover the outer surface of a cup to maintain a water and heat barrier, said sleeve comprising,a. a first thermal insulation layer, a second thermal insulation layer, and longitudinal fold lines,
b. said first thermal insulation layer having an upper channel edge and a lower channel edge;
c. said second thermal insulation layer having a back side, a non-slip and thermally insulative gripping surface, and an outer layer;
d. said first thermal insulation layer being a cup facing layer and being constructed from non-woven polyester fiber, said non-woven polyester fiber having a plurality of interior air channels being disposed on said first thermal insulation layer, said plurality of interior air channels having a plurality of bonding lines for connection to said second thermal insulation layer and forming a bonding site with said second thermal insulation layer, adhesive being used for fixedly attaching said bonding lines of said first thermal insulation layer to said back side of said second thermal insulation layer for permanent connection to said second thermal insulation layer and thereby creating said double-layered thermal insulation sleeve wherein said first thermal insulation layer is a cup facing layer and said second thermal insulation layer is said non-slip and thermally insulative gripping surface, said adhesive being placed between one of said bonding lines and said back side of said second thermal insulation layer in overlapping relationship, said plurality of interior air channels retaining said water and heat that is released from said cup, said fluid and said heat being released in an upward and downward direction in said plurality of interior air channels and from said upper channel edge and said lower channel edge, said upper channel edge and said lower channel edge being release points for said water and said heat from said first thermal insulation layer and thereby directing said heat and said fluids away from the hands of a user;
e. said outer layer of said second thermal insulation layer being constructed from embossed paper having outward facing bumps so as to provide said non-slip and thermally insulative gripping surface for said user, said second thermal insulation layer having poly-coating being applied thereon and wherein said poly-coating provides a moisture barrier by strengthening said second thermal insulation layer and prevents said liquid and said heat from permeating said second thermal insulation layer;
f. said longitudinal fold lines being arranged on said double-layered thermal insulation sleeve and allowing said double-layered thermal insulation sleeve to be folded into a flattened configuration along said longitudinal folds lines and stored for reuse.

US Pat. No. 10,477,997

CARBONATED BEVERAGE NUCLEATION ACCESSORY

1. A method comprising:placing a nucleation accessory into a beverage container, wherein the nucleation accessory includes a body that includes top and bottom surfaces and a rounded outer surface that extends around an axis between the top and the bottom surfaces, and wherein the body includes a bore extending completely through the body from the top surface to the bottom surface along the axis, and at least one recess in the rounded outer surface of the body, wherein the bore further includes at least one recess formed on a surface thereof facing the axis;
pouring a beer into the beverage container that includes the nucleation accessory, wherein a carbon dioxide gas is dissolved within the beer, and wherein the carbon dioxide gas attaches to the at least one recess in the outer surface of the body and to the at least one recess formed on the surface of the bore facing the axis; and
generating, by the at least one recess in the outer surface of the body and the at least one recess formed on the surface of the bore facing the axis, bubbles within the beer due to gas bubble nucleation to generate a head of foam.

US Pat. No. 10,477,996

ANTI-SPILL DISPOSABLE DRINK THROUGH CUP LID

11. A disposable straw-and-lid combination comprising:a straw having a diameter; and
a round lid having
a raised top having a full circular circumference,
an outer wall extending down from the full circular circumference of the raised top,
an oval opening in the raised top located adjacent to the full circular circumference, the oval opening spanning at least 0.6 inches,
the raised top having a flat upper surface horizontally extending directly from adjacent the oval opening, around the round lid adjacent to the full circular circumference, and back to adjacent the oval opening,
an unperforated conical structure extending downward from the oval opening in the raised top to a circular opening in the conical structure, the circular opening having a diameter smaller than or equal to the diameter of the straw,
the conical structure having an unperforated side wall that transitions from an oval shape at the oval opening to a circular curvature portion adjacent the circular opening and is configured to guide the straw into the circular opening when the round straw is inserted into the oval opening.

US Pat. No. 10,477,994

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOCATION BASED EXCHANGES OF DATA FACILITIATING DISTRIBUTED LOCATIONAL APPLICATIONS

1. A beaconing data processing system, comprising:one or more processors;
a Bluetooth communications interface; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, wherein the one or more processors access the memory and control operations of the beaconing data processing system, the operations comprising:
periodically beaconing outbound a broadcast unidirectional wireless data record communicated through the Bluetooth communications interface to serve as a physical location reference contributing to physical location determination processing of one or more user carried mobile data processing systems in a Bluetooth wave spectrum range vicinity of the beaconing data processing system, the beaconing data processing system:
not soliciting an inbound communication to the beaconing data processing system from the one or more user carried mobile data processing systems in response to a receipt of the broadcast unidirectional wireless data record in the one or more user carried mobile data processing systems, and
not configured to process inbound communications resulting from the receipt of the broadcast unidirectional wireless data record in the one or more user carried mobile data processing systems, the broadcast unidirectional wireless data record communicated through the Bluetooth communications interface to serve as the physical location reference including:
no physical location coordinates of the beaconing data processing system,
a data field containing a signal strength of the beaconing data processing system, and
application identifier data stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,477,993

LIGHT ENGINE FOR A MIRROR

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A method for assembling a mirror including a lighting assembly, the method comprising:securing a light guide to a housing with a compressive foam having an adhesive applied thereto such that a first end of the light guide is proximate to a light source;
providing a mirror including a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion of the mirror has a first reflectivity and the second portion of the mirror has a second reflectivity, the first reflectivity being higher than the second reflectivity; and
attaching the housing to the mirror, wherein attaching the housing to the mirror includes pressing a peripheral portion of the light guide to a boundary region of the first portion of the mirror, thereby placing the compressive foam into a compressed state such that a relative positioning of the light guide and the light source changes.

US Pat. No. 10,477,991

ACCESSORY ORGANIZING AND STORAGE APPARATUS

1. An accessory organizing and storage apparatus, comprising:a housing having a top inner surface and a bottom inner surface, said housing includes a front opening that is covered by one door;
said door includes an inner door surface having a width, a front edge and a rear side, said inner door surface extending rearwardly a predetermined amount from said front edge;
at least one horizontal panel mounted along the width of said inner door surface, said at least one horizonal panel mounted perpendicularly to said door within said inner door surface, said at least one horizontal panel protruding from said rear side towards said front edge until said at least horizontal panel is flush with said front edge, said at least one horizontal panel defining a storage space thereon, said at least one horizontal panel having a ring holding assembly mounted thereon, said ring holding assembly being mounted entirely above said at least one horizontal panel, said ring holding assembly including an elongated base with extension members rising entirely from said base, said extension members being interconnected to said base, said elongated base and said extension members being flush with said front edge, said extension members tapering upwardly, said extension members configured to receive and hold at least one ring, said storage space extending therebetween said ring holding assembly and said rear side of said inner door surface, said storage space being able to hold additional accessories thereon, said extension members remain within a periphery of said inner door surface;
said top inner surface includes at least one top pair of guiding blocks rigidly and immovably mounted there and said bottom inner surface includes at least one bottom pair of guiding blocks rigidly and immovably mounted thereon, said at least one top and bottom pair of guiding blocks longitudinally extending entirely along said top inner surface and said bottom inner surface, respectively;
a top channel runs between said at least one top pair of guiding blocks, a bottom channel runs between said at least one bottom pair of guiding blocks, said top channel has a depth extending from said top inner surface a predetermined distance corresponding to a height of said at least one top pair of guiding blocks, said bottom channel has a depth extending from said bottom inner surface a predetermined distance corresponding to a height of said at least one bottom pair of guiding blocks;
at least one vertical panel that includes a front face and a rear face, said front and rear face include a top end that is held between said at least one top pair of guiding blocks and inserted entirely within the depth of said top channel, said front and rear face include a bottom end that is held between said at least one bottom pair of guiding blocks and inserted entirely within the depth of said bottom channel;
a plurality of accessory holders mounted on said at least one vertical panel; and
said one door covers the at least one vertical panel in a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,477,990

DISPLAY STAND

1. A display stand comprising:at least one base sheet, which when assembled forms a base unit, the at least one base sheet being planar and having an outward facing surface, an inward facing surface, and a bottom edge; and
at least one shelf sheet having a shelf surface, the at least one shelf sheet being for attachment to the base unit,whereinthe base unit is assembled by operatively attaching a first section of the at least one base sheet to a second section of the at least one base sheet by way of a first connection means;
the at least one base sheet comprises at least one adjustment line for adjusting the size of the base unit;
the at least one shelf sheet is attached to the base unit by way of at least one second connection means; and
when the at least one shelf sheet is attached to the base unit, the at least one shelf sheet forms a contiguous planar surface around the outward facing surface of the at least one base sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,477,987

ADVERTISING PANEL AND METHOD FOR MOUNTING TO A SURFACE

K-International, Inc., W...

1. An advertising panel for mounting on a surface, comprising:a panel body having a first end and a second end, the panel body including a front panel configured for holding advertising material or other display, the panel body defining a channel;
a first end cap fastened to the first end of the panel body, the first end cap having at least one arm including a grasping portion;
a suction cup having a stem configured to fit the grasping portion of the at least one arm, the suction cup including a release tab; and
the end cap being fastened on the first end of the panel body with the at least one arm extending into the channel and the suction cup stem fit to the grasping portion of the at least one arm, the release tab extending from the panel body when the panel body is secured to a surface using the suction cup.

US Pat. No. 10,477,984

UNIVERSAL ACCESSIBLE HOLDER AND DISPENSING UNITS

1. A workplace utensil or condiment holder and dispensing unit, comprising:a. two vertically aligned, L-shaped side walls spaced apart and parallel to each other, each said side wall includes a lower front section and an upper rear section that extends above said lower front section each said L-shaped side wall also includes a rear edge;
b. a vertical rear wall extending transversely between said rear edges of said L-shaped side walls;
c. a lower tier front wall that is substantially parallel to said rear wall, said lower tier front wall extends transversely between said lower front sections of said L-shaped side walls;
d. a bottom panel extending transversely between said L-shaped side walls, said rear wall and said lower tier wall and forms a partially enclosed space inside said holder and dispensing unit;
e. an upper tier front wall that is substantially parallel to said rear wall, said upper tier front wall extending transversely between said upper rear sections of said L-shaped side walls;
f. an intermediate floor panel extending transversely between opposite said L-shaped side walls and between said upper tier front wall and said rear wall, said intermediate floor panel configured to divide said partially enclosed space into an upper tier formed between said upper tier front wall and said rear wall and forms a lower tier formed between said lower tier front wall and said rear wall;
g. at least one lower dividing wall located inside said lower tier and extending from said lower front wall to said rear wall;
h. a braille symbol, an alphabet letter, or a number located on said lower tier front wall or said upper tier front wall that indicates the contents of items placed in said lower tier or said upper tier; and
i. a rear extension extending rearward from said rear wall, said rear extension configured to hold said rear wall away from a vertical wall located behind said holder and dispensing unit and also form a channel behind said rear wall to enable a cable or wire to pass behind said rear wall when said holder and unit is placed on a countertop or table and said rear extension is placed against a wall surface adjacent to said countertop or table.

US Pat. No. 10,477,983

PORTABLE LOUNGE

1. A method, comprising the steps of:providing a folding lounge, comprising:
a base;
a sidewall connected to the base such that the sidewall encompasses the base to define an interior of the lounge; the sidewall has a top end, an inner surface, and an outer surface defining an outer perimeter; and
a fastener connected to the outer surface of the sidewall; the fastener comprising a first part releasably connectable to a second part; the first part being connected to the second part when locked; the first part being disconnected from the second part when unlocked; wherein the lounge includes an open configuration in which the fastener is unlocked and a closed configuration in which the fastener is locked; the base defining a plane when in the open configuration; the entire sidewall being perpendicular to the plane in the open configuration and in the closed configuration;
folding the sidewall in a location between the first part and the second part toward the interior of the lounge to bring the first part and the second part of the fastener together to create a U-shaped lounge; and
connecting the first part of the fastener to the second part of the fastener to lock the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,477,982

BABY CRIB

Artsana S.P.A., (IT)

1. Baby crib comprising:an enclosure having side walls, including at least a first side wall and a second side wall, made of a flexible material and defining a space configured to receive a baby, the enclosure also having a bottom wall made of a flexible material, said side walls having top portions delimiting a top opening of the enclosure;
an upper frame configured to be attached to said enclosure,
a lower frame configured to support said bottom wall, said upper frame being spaced apart from said lower frame along a longitudinal direction,
support members attached to said upper frame and said lower frame, said support members being configured to rest on a ground surface and being spaced apart along a transverse direction perpendicular to said longitudinal direction,
wherein
said upper frame comprises a first part firmly attached to said support members and a second part, said first part being attached to a first top portion of the first side wall of the enclosure, said second part being attached to a second top portion of the second side wall of the enclosure,
said second part is pivotally coupled with said support members around a pivot axis to move reversibly from a first position to a second position to move said second part relative to said first part, said pivot axis being arranged in a longitudinal position between the first part and the lower frame, and
said second part is U shaped and comprises two opposed sections coupled at opposite sides to the support members and an elongated section connecting the two opposed sections, said opposed sections comprising first portions laying on a same plane with the elongated section and second portions extending perpendicularly to the first portions and being joined with the first portions.

US Pat. No. 10,477,979

POCKETED SPRING ASSEMBLY

1. A bedding or seating product comprising:a pocketed spring assembly having a uniform height and comprising a plurality of parallel strings of springs including exterior strings and interior strings, each of said strings being joined to at least one adjacent string and being approximately the same height, each of said strings comprising first and second opposed plies of fabric and a plurality of pockets formed along a length of said string by transverse seams joining said first and second plies, and at least one spring positioned in each of said pockets;
each of said springs having upper and lower end turns and a plurality of central convolutions between said end turns, at least one of the central convolutions having a barrel diameter greater than the diameters of the other convolutions of the spring;
the pocketed spring assembly having a perimeter section surrounding an interior section, the perimeter section comprising two side sections and two end sections, each side of the perimeter section being firmer than the core section due to the out-of-pocket characteristics of the springs within the sections, each of the springs of the interior section having an out-of-pocket barrel diameter greater than the out-of-pocket barrel diameter of the springs of the end and side sections and each of the springs of the interior section having a shorter out-of-pocket height than the springs of the end and side sections,
wherein each of said pockets of each of the exterior strings contains an edge spring, each of the edge springs having a first out-of-pocket barrel diameter and a first out-of-pocket height;
each of the interior strings having two different springs, core and edge springs along its length and comprising outer pockets and inner pockets between the outer pockets, each of the inner pockets containing a core spring and each of the outer pockets containing an edge spring, each of the core springs having a second out-of-pocket barrel diameter and a second out-of-pocket height, the first out-of-pocket barrel diameter of the edge springs being less than the second out-of-pocket barrel diameter of the core springs and the first out-of-pocket height of the edge springs being greater than the second out-of-pocket height of the core springs, such that due to the core and edge springs having approximately the same in-pocket height, each of the interior strings having pocketed springs of different firmness, providing the pocketed spring assembly with four sides of edge support, the pocketed edge springs surrounding the pocketed core springs;
cushioning materials; and
a covering encasing said pocketed spring assembly and cushioning materials.

US Pat. No. 10,477,976

SUSPENDED BACK PILLOW FOR MAINTAINING A SIDE SLEEPING POSITION

Family Concepts II, LLC, ...

1. A method for maintaining a side-sleeping orientation for an individual alternately on either a left or right side which comprises the steps of:a) attaching a back pillow at the back of the individual in a suspended configuration with respect to and substantially aligned with the individual's spine, said suspended configuration including a hinge attachment function which enables the pillow to fall into near contact at either a laterally offset left or right, back side of the individual when the individual is lying on their respective left or right side;
b) positioning at least one front pillow at a knee and/or front trunk location for establishing at least three different points of contact reference to the individual in accordance with a positional orientation sleep aspect (POSA) for providing a three-dimensional frame of reference for the individual during sleep;
c) initiating rotation of the individual's back toward the suspended pillow and toward a supine position;
d) impeding displacement of the pillow along the bed surface and away from the individual's back during rotation;
(e) partially capturing the back pillow between the bed and lateral back side of the individual while maintaining contact at the front side of the individual with at least one front pillow, thereby blocking full rotation to the supine position; and;
(f) regularly repeating this method during successive nights of sleep for a sufficient period of time to establish a subconscious illusory expectation by the individual that the back pillow will be in a position to block supine sleep positions with the actual use of the at least one front pillow.

US Pat. No. 10,477,974

OUTDOOR SEATING FURNITURE

1. Outdoor seating furniture that has at least one seating element arranged on a frame with a seat surface and a reverse side,wherein the seat surface is oriented downwards in a stable basic state and the seat surface is oriented upwards in an instable functional state, wherein the seating element is pivotably mounted around the longitudinal axis of a transverse strut of the frame as part of a pivot bearing and is transferred and stabilized by the force of gravity, spring force, magnetic force and/or an electromechanical actuator in the basic state.

US Pat. No. 10,477,973

ERGONOMIC CHAIR

1. An improved ergonomic chair comprising:a backrest frame comprising a central support, an upper edge, a lower edge, two side edges with each side edge comprising upper, central and lower side portions; and
a mesh material attached to the frame along the upper edge, lower edge and side edges;
wherein the central support of the frame extends from the lower edge upwardly to connect to each side edge at the central side portion, an opening is formed on each side of the central support between the central support and the lower side portions of the side edges, and a third opening is formed between the central support and the upper edge;
wherein the lower side portions are bowed inwardly away from the central support and the width of the frame between the lower side portions is larger than the width between the central side portions;
wherein the upper side portions and the upper edge are projected forward, relative to the central side portions;
wherein the width of the frame is wider between the upper side portions than the width between the central side portions; and
wherein a portion of the mesh material at the level of the central side portions is projected outwardly forward relative to the central side portions of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,477,972

ASSEMBLING STRUCTURE OF SUPPORT DEVICE OF A CHAIR

DONGGUAN KENTEC OFFICE SE...

1. A support device of a chair, comprising:an outer frame, having a surrounding trough;
fasteners, disposed in the surrounding trough, and each having an engaging portion;
an inner frame, having a front and a rear;
a supporting body, made of a flexible material, and having a loading side and a connecting side; and
pressing strips, surroundingly attached on a periphery of the connecting side, and an interval being kept between two adjacent pressing strips to provide flexibility;
wherein the supporting body covers the front of the inner frame, the pressing strips are fastened onto the rear of the inner frame, the inner frame with the supporting body is embedded into the surrounding trough to engage with the engaging portions of the fasteners, the inner frame is formed with installing holes corresponding to the engaging portions of the fasteners, an inner wall of each installing hole is provided with a protrudent step portion and a inserting hole formed in the step portion, the engaging portion is composed of elastic arms arranged in an umbrella shape, an outer diameter of the engaging portion is greater than an inner diameter of the inserting hole, so that when the engaging portion has passed the inserting hole, and the elastic arms restore to engage with the step portion.

US Pat. No. 10,477,971

SOFA SEAT CUSHION CORE

1. A sofa seat cushion, comprising:a cushion core comprising a plurality of pocketed springs enclosed within an upholstery foam envelope and arranged in a spring layer;
at least one memory foam layer positioned above the upholstery foam envelope, at least one polyethylene terephthalate layer positioned above the at least one memory foam layer;
an upholstery-grade polyurethane foam layer positioned below the upholstery foam envelope;
and a polyethylene terephthalate layer directly below the upholstery-grade polyurethane foam layer;
an upper and lower friction barrier positioned above and below the memory foam layer; and
an exterior upholstery surrounding the cushion core.

US Pat. No. 10,477,969

JOINT AND FURNITURE WITH JOINT

Ekornes ASA, Ikornnes (N...

1. A balance joint suitable for attaching between a seat arrangement and a chair leg arrangement, the balance joint comprising:first and second mountings together forming a hollow space; and
at least one hinge pin, wherein the first and second mountings are rotatably mounted to each other by the at least one hinge pin, wherein the mountings include an attachment plate and side walls so that the side walls of the first mounting can be arranged outside the side walls of the second mounting, and wherein one of the mountings includes with two additional side walls, so that the hollow space between the mountings is completely delimited by side walls; and
at least one elastic packing arranged in said hollow space and arranged between the mountings so that expansion of the elastic packing is limited by the mounting in all directions.

US Pat. No. 10,477,968

INTERCHANGEABLE CUSTOMIZABLE HARDWARE FOR PULL MECHANISMS

KNOCKOUT KNOBS LLC, New ...

1. A pull assembly comprising:a base having a first portion that defines a first end and a stem that defines a second end, wherein the first portion includes at least one locking slot that has an arcuate shape; and
an insert that has a first face that faces outward and includes decorative indicia and a second face that faces inwards and includes at least one locking pin, the locking pin being configured to be freely received within the locking slot and is movable to a locked position and the insert is securely coupled to the base by a friction fit being formed between the insert and the base;
wherein the at least one locking slot has a first end and an opposing second end, wherein a width of the locking slot varies along the length thereof from the first end to the second end, wherein the at least one locking pin is initially received within the second end which has an enlarged width relative to the first end and in the locked position, the at least one locking pin is disposed at or proximate to the first end of the locking slot.

US Pat. No. 10,477,967

FURNITURE LEG SOCK

1. A furniture leg protective sock to prevent scraping of a floor by furniture having a furniture leg, the furniture leg having a bottom surface for engaging the floor and a side surface substantially orthogonal to the bottom surface, the sock comprising:expandable non-friction material; and
friction material;
said expandable non-friction material allowing the bottom surface of the furniture leg to slide across the floor;
said expandable non-friction material including,
a top portion having an interior surface, an exterior surface and an opening to slip the sock onto the furniture leg,
a closed bottom portion having an interior surface and an exterior surface, said closed bottom portion covering the bottom surface of the furniture leg when said closed bottom portion engages the bottom surface of the furniture leg, and
a middle portion having an interior surface and an exterior surface, said middle portion extending between said opening of said top portion and said closed bottom portion, said middle portion engaging the side surface of the furniture leg;
said middle portion being substantially orthogonal, when said closed bottom portion and said middle portion engage the furniture leg, to said closed bottom portion;
said friction material being formed on a first portion of said interior surface of said middle portion of said expandable non-friction material;
said interior surface of said closed bottom portion of said expandable non-friction material engaging the bottom surface of the furniture leg;
a second portion of said interior surface of said middle bottom portion of said expandable non-friction material and said friction material formed on said first portion of said interior surface of said middle portion engaging the side surface of the furniture leg;
said friction material formed on said first portion of said interior surface of said middle portion of said expandable non-friction material minimizing, when the furniture leg is moved across the floor, slippage of the sock parallel to the side surface of the furniture leg by providing friction therebetween;
said second portion of the interior surface of the middle portion of the expandable non-friction material being without any of the friction material thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,477,963

MODULAR CABINET ASSEMBLY

Seville Classics Inc., T...

1. A modular cabinet assembly, comprising:a first sub-cabinet and a second sub-cabinet, each sub-cabinet comprising:
a back board having at least two separate back board pieces that are pivotably connected to each other;
a left side board pivotably connected to one of the at least two back board pieces, the left side board having opposite left side board end surfaces and a plurality of pairs of first hook holes provided on the left side board end surfaces; and
a right side board pivotably connected to another of the at least two back board pieces, the right side board having opposite right side board end surfaces and a plurality of pairs of first hook holes provided on the right side board end surfaces;
at least one shelf board having opposite ends removably connected to the left side board and the right side board of either the first sub-cabinet or the second sub-cabinet, each of the at least one shelf board having a bottom and a second hook hole formed on the bottom thereof;
a first end board connected to either an upper end of the first sub-cabinet or a lower end of the second sub-cabinet; and
a plurality of hooks that are adapted to removably connect the at least one shelf board to opposite ends of the left side board and the right side board, wherein each hook has two pairs of first barbs that are received in a pair of first hook holes on either the right side board end surface or the left side board end surface, and a second barb that extends upwardly and is received in the second hook hole.

US Pat. No. 10,477,962

QUICK ASSEMBLY TABLE

Millwork Expressions, Inc...

1. A table, comprising:a horizontal surface with tubular brace members attached thereto;
two or more supporting trusses, each supporting truss comprising a plurality of tubular metal truss members disposed in a planar configuration, said tubular truss members being joined by welding at their abutting ends, and insertable posts welded perpendicularly to said tubular metal truss members, wherein said insertable posts are adapted for insertion into said tubular brace members.

US Pat. No. 10,477,961

FOLDING TABLE

LEKISPORT AG, Baar (CH)

1. A portable table, comprising:a table top and a frame,
wherein the frame comprises two front legs and two rear legs, as well as two front arms and two rear arms,
wherein the front legs and the rear legs have in each case a first, lower free end which is directed toward a support and a second, upper end,
wherein the front arms and rear arms have in each case a second, upper end which is directed toward the table top, and a first, lower end,
wherein the front legs, by way of their second, upper end which is located opposite the first, lower free end, and the front arms, by way of their first, lower end which is located opposite the second, upper end, are fastened on a first, front connecting element,
wherein the rear legs, by way of their second, upper end which is located opposite the first, lower free end and the rear arms, by way of their first, lower end which is located opposite the second, upper end, are fastened on a second, rear connecting element,
wherein the first, front connecting element is connected to the second, rear connecting element by means of at least one first connecting rod,
wherein a first coupling element, which connects a front, left arm to a first longitudinal rod which is arranged parallel to the at least one first connecting rod, is arranged on the second, upper end of the front, left arm and in that a second coupling element, which connects a rear, left arm to the first longitudinal rod, is arranged on the second end of the rear, left arm, and wherein a third coupling element, which connects a front, right arm to a second longitudinal rod which is arranged parallel to the at least one first connecting rod, is arranged on the second end of the front, right arm,
wherein a fourth coupling element, which connects a rear, right arm to the second longitudinal rod, is arranged on the second end of the rear, right arm,
wherein the table top comprises at least one device by which the table top is releasably fastenable on the frame, and
wherein each of the first to fourth coupling elements is formed in an angled and integral manner and comprises a first sleeve portion for receiving a front end or rear end of one of the two longitudinal rods, and comprises a second sleeve portion which is arranged at an angle to the first sleeve portion and is realized for receiving an upper end of an arm of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,477,960

RETRACTABLE DESK AND SHELF WITH MAGNETIC WALL ATTACHMENT

Reeve Johnson, Telluride...

1. An adjustable desk comprising:a first bracket having a first rotational elongated member, a first non-rotational elongated member, a first magnet coupled to the first non-rotational elongated vertical member, and a first hinge coupled to an inner end of the first rotational elongated member, an upper end of the first non-rotational elongated vertical member, and a first support member coupled between the first rotational elongated member and the first non-rotational elongated vertical member;
a second bracket having a second rotational elongated member, a second non-rotational elongated vertical member, a second magnet coupled to the second non-rotational elongated vertical member, a second hinge coupled to an inner end of the second rotational elongated member and an upper end of the second non-rotational elongated vertical member, and a second support member coupled between the second rotational elongated member and the second non-rotational elongated vertical member; and
a planar desktop rigidly coupled to the first rotational elongated member and the second rotational elongated member;
wherein the first magnet holds the first non-rotational elongated vertical member against a vertical wall, the second magnet holds the second non-rotational elongated vertical member against the vertical wall, the first support member and the second support member have an extended position which holds the desktop and the first rotational elongated member and the second rotational elongated member in a horizontal position and the first support member and the second support member have a retracted position where the desktop and the first rotational elongated member and the second rotational elongated member in a downward rotated position and a slide force (Fslide)=a magnetic force (Fmagnetic)×a coefficient of friction (CF) of the first magnet and the second magnet against the metal bar supports the weight of the first bracket, the second bracket, and the planar desktop.

US Pat. No. 10,477,959

BRUSH HEAD MANUFACTURING METHODS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method for manufacturing a brush head, the method comprising the steps of:providing a plurality of polypropylene bristle tuft retention rings having an exterior wall that is polygonal, wherein the exterior wall includes a straight taper;
inserting a respective nylon bristle tuft into each of the bristle tuft retention rings;
applying heat to each bristle tuft proximal end at a temperature sufficient to at least partially melt the bristle tuft proximal end and create a proximal head portion;
positioning a platen portion of a neck of the brush head in relation to the proximal head portions, wherein the positioning of the platen portion of the neck defines a space in relation to the proximal head portions for injection of a thermoplastic elastomer; and
injecting the thermoplastic elastomer into the space to create an elastomeric matrix that at least partially encompasses the platen, the proximal head portions, and the straight tapers of the polypropylene bristle tuft retention rings.

US Pat. No. 10,477,958

MULTI-COMPONENT BRISTLE HAVING COMPONENTS WITH DIFFERENT ORAL CARE ADDITIVES, AND ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT COMPRISING THE SAME

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. An oral care implement comprising:a handle;
a head coupled to the handle;
at least one bristle tuft extending from the head, the at least one bristle tuft comprising at least one multi-component bristle comprising a first component and a second component;
the first component comprising a first plastic and a first oral care additive;
the second component comprising a second plastic and a second oral care additive, wherein the first oral care additive is a different material than the second oral care additive.

US Pat. No. 10,477,957

ORAL CLEANING IMPLEMENT WITH A TOOL ADAPTED FOR REMOVAL OF DENTURE ADHESIVE FROM DENTURES

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer ...

1. An oral cleaning implement comprising a head supporting oral cleaning elements, and an integral handle extending in a longitudinal direction between a proximal end adjacent to the head and a distal end remote from the head;wherein adjacent to the distal end of the handle is a tool adapted for removal of denture adhesive from dentures;
wherein the handle is made of two components being a hard plastic material component and a softer elastomer material component, the tool is made integrally of the material of the softer elastomer material component, and comprises a concavity in the softer elastomer material component adjacent to the distal end of the handle, bounded on at least one widthways side by a ridge made integrally of the softer elastomer material component of the handle; and
wherein the tool comprises a scoop adapted for removal of denture adhesive from dentures.

US Pat. No. 10,477,952

ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. An oral care implement comprising:an elongated body extending along a longitudinal axis and comprising a head portion and a handle portion;
a first bristle carrier section movably disposed on the head portion, the first bristle carrier section comprising a plurality of first tooth cleaning elements extending outward from a front surface thereof;
a second bristle carrier section movably disposed on the head portion adjacent the first bristle carrier section, the second bristle carrier section comprising a plurality of second tooth cleaning elements extending outward from a front surface thereof;
the first and second bristle carrier sections hingedly coupled together about a common pivot axis;
the first and second bristle carrier sections are structured and made of a rigid plastic material; and
an actuator operably coupled to the first and second bristle carrier sections, the actuator alterable between: (1) a first state in which the actuator causes the first and second bristle carrier sections to assume an extended position; and (2) a second state in which the actuator causes the first and second bristle carrier sections to assume a transversely folded position in which the first and second tooth cleaning elements converge.

US Pat. No. 10,477,951

ENVIRONMENTAL-FRIENDLY PAINTBRUSH WITHOUT BRISTLE-IMPLANTING HOLES AND ITS PROCESSING METHOD

HUBEI C.P. NC MACHINERY L...

1. An environmental-friendly paintbrush without bristle-implanting holes, comprising a handle; a bristle-implanting brush head; and a metal plate, the bristle-implanting brush head having one end provided with a bristle material-laying trough and another end being connected with the handle; a plastic block placed inside the bristle material-laying trough; and bristle material filled in an interstitial space between the plastic block and the bristle-implanting brush head; wherein the plastic block is formed with a metal-laying trough and the metal plate is set inside the metal-laying trough, two ends of the bristle material-laying trough being formed with metal slots formed inside the brush-implanting brush head, and two ends of the metal plate being slotted into the metal slots;wherein the plastic block has a V-shaped cross section, and the plastic block has one end located at a bottom end of the bristle-laying trough and another end provided with the metal-laying trough, the metal-laying trough being “|” shaped in cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,477,950

INTEGRATED CARRYING STRAP

1. A carrying loop for a container, the carrying loop comprising:a first elongate web having a distal end and a proximal end;
a second elongate web having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the proximal end of the second elongate web extends from the proximal end of the first elongate web;
a first attachment portion located near the distal ends of the first and second elongate webs, the first attachment portion couplable to a first location on the container; and
a second attachment portion located near the proximal ends of the first and second elongate webs, the second attachment portion removably couplable to a second location when the carrying loop is in a stowed position,
wherein, in the stowed position, a first section of the first elongate web near the distal end is configured to circumferentially wrap around and continuously abut the container and a second section of the first elongate web near the proximal end is configured to circumferentially overlap and abut the first section, and wherein the second location is on the second elongate web.

US Pat. No. 10,477,949

BELT KEEPER

1. A belt clip system for releasably securing a duty belt to a dress belt overlaid and circumscribed thereby, said system comprising:a dress belt clip for attaching to said dress belt and having a magnet engagement portion overlaying and springedly connected to an inside wall, said magnet engagement portion having a magnet engagement wall with a first trap wall extending therefrom in a direction away from said inside wall, said magnet engagement portion having a second trap wall extending outwardly in a direction away from said inside wall, said magnet engagement wall and said trap walls cooperating to form an effective pocket, said inside wall having a belt stop wall extending from a terminal edge of said inside wall towards said magnet engagement portion;
a duty belt clip for attaching to said duty belt and having a magnet retaining portion overlaying and springedly connected to an outside wall, said magnet retaining portion having a permanent magnet affixed thereto at a magnet retention aperture, said permanent magnet facing away from said outside wall, said outside wall extending beyond said magnet retaining portion to a retainer hook, said retainer hook having an overhanging portion extending over said outside wall and terminating at a hook edge, said hook edge spaced from said magnet retention aperture by a first distance;
a retention clip pivotably affixed with respect to said magnet retaining portion between a locked and an unlocked position, said retention clip having a terminal edge spaced from a retention aperture by a second distance, when said retention clip is in said locked position, said terminal edge located between said outside wall and said overhanging portion; and
said duty belt clip releasably held to said dress belt clip when said permanent magnet on said duty belt clip contacts said magnet engagement wall and resides in said effective pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,477,948

REMOVABLE DEVICE FOR MOUNTING ACCESSORIES TO A HELMET

Task Racing LLC, Plymout...

1. An apparatus comprising:a helmet mounting component including an internal surface and an opposed exterior surface configured to adapt to a curvature of a helmet via an attachment portion, said helmet mounting component having angularly defined slots and curved receiving grooves;
a cradle comprising an upper exterior portion configured to receive an accessory, a lower exterior portion including a first plurality of relief slots and a second plurality of relief slots, at least one friction receiving portion, an interior surface adaptable to a shape of the accessory, an accessory securement element, a utility hole, a cord relief portion and non-linear rails to integrate and removably couple said cradle to said helmet mounting component via said non-linear rails positioned within the curved receiving grooves, wherein each relief slot of the first plurality of relief slots has a length greater than each relief slot of the second plurality of relief slots; and
an integrated friction element disposed between said helmet mounting component and said cradle that is configured to adjust position of the cradle relative to the helmet mounting component.

US Pat. No. 10,477,945

GEL COSMETIC APPLICATOR

HCT GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITE...

1. A cosmetic applicator comprising:an applicator body formed from a first material encapsulated by a second material, wherein the first material is a gel material, the applicator body defining an application surface for applying cosmetics, wherein the gel material has a hardness of 90 or less on a Shore 000 scale; and
an insert including a first end disposed within the gel material and a second end extending out of the gel material, the second end configured for coupling to a product reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,477,943

VOLUME CREAM CONTAINER

1. A volume cream vessel, comprising:a cream vessel configured to contain a cosmetic content, the cream vessel having an open upper part;
a rim member mounted on the upper part of the cream vessel;
a pumping device seated on the rim member and configured to upwardly pump the cosmetic content inside the cream vessel;
a pressing member disposed on an upper part of the pumping device, wherein one edge of the pressing member is coupled to the rim member so as to operate the pumping device by a pressing operation; and
a cover member configured to cover an upper part of the pressing member,
wherein the pumping device includes:
a seating member having a cylindrical projection part which is downwardly projected in a cylindrical shape and a through hole which is formed through an eccentric position of a bottom of the cylindrical projection part to lift the cosmetic content in the cream vessel, wherein an outer periphery of the cylindrical projection part is seated on the rim member;
a cylinder which is vertically disposed in the through hole of the seating member;
a pump cap on which an upper surface of the cylinder is seated;
an operating member set which is disposed at a center of the pump cap to upwardly pump the cosmetic content by pressing the pressing member; and
a cosmetics applying member which is disposed at an upper part of the operating member set and protrudes upwardly from one side of the pressing member to apply the cosmetic content which is lifted by a pumping operation of the operating member set.

US Pat. No. 10,477,942

APPLICATOR TIP FOR COSMETIC PRODUCT, ASSOCIATED APPLICATOR AND APPLICATOR ASSEMBLY

ALBEA SERVICES, Gennevil...

1. An applicator tip for cosmetic product, said applicator tip comprising:a fixing part for fixing to a support rod, and
an application part for applying said product,
said application part having at least two opposing rounded applicator faces that are hinged to said fixing part and extend as far as a distal end of the applicator in a main direction of longitudinal extension,
said rounded applicator faces having a radius of curvature of less than 6 mm,
said fixing part comprising a sleeve,
said application part being connected to said sleeve by means of a flexible restriction, such that said application part is rotatable relative to said sleeve about at least two axes of an orthonormal coordinate system,
said restriction being rounded and substantially concave in shape, and when viewed in a plane that is transverse to said main direction, said rounded shape having a radius of curvature of less than 6 mm and wherein said restriction has a circular cross section that is transverse to the main direction, that is substantially circular in shape and the diameter of which is at least equal to 1.5 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,477,940

FOLDER TYPE COSMETIC CONTAINER

CTK COSMETICS CO., LTD., ...

1. A folder type cosmetic container, comprising:a container part having an open front end and configured to store a content;
a housing configured to accommodate the container part;
a pressing-dispensing assembly configured to dispense the content in the container part by pivoting adjacent the front end of the housing and pressing the container part; and
a fixed-quantity dispensing assembly configured to dispense a predetermined amount of the content at the front end of the container part by being moved by pressure of the content pressured and moved by the pressing-dispensing assembly,
wherein the fixed-quantity dispensing assembly includes:
a dispensing guide shaft; and
a dispensing control portion protruding from an end of the dispensing guide shaft to guide the content that is dispensed.

US Pat. No. 10,477,939

CUSHION COMPACT CONTAINER

F.S. KOREA INDUSTRIES INC...

1. A cushion compact container comprising:a container main body which is provided with a container body and a cover openably and closably coupled to the container body;
a cosmetic storage unit which is coupled to the container body and stores a cosmetic; and
a cosmetic applicator unit which is coupled to a region of the cover which is opposite to the cosmetic storage unit, and allows a user to apply the cosmetic stored in the cosmetic storage unit so that the user spreads the cosmetic onto the user's face without using the user's hand,
wherein the cosmetic applicator unit is separated from the container body without opening the cover, and the cosmetic storage unit is coupled to the container body so as to be detachable downward from the container body in a state in which the cover is coupled to the container body,
wherein the cosmetic applicator unit includes:
a handle body that is fitted and coupled with an accommodating groove provided in the cover;
a cosmetic applicator member that is coupled to the handle body by means of a fixing member, and the cosmetic applicator member includes a brush to which the cosmetic is attached; and
a collecting unit which is coupled to the handle body so as to be movable upward and downward, and uniformly collects the expanded cosmetic applicator member,
wherein a stopper ring is provided at a lower end portion of the collecting unit,
wherein the collecting unit moves downwardly to a lower portion of the cosmetic applicator member such that the collecting unit collects the cosmetic applicator member and, when the cosmetic applicator unit is coupled to the accommodating groove of the cover, the stopper ring is caught by an annular rim provided within the cover and the collecting unit is raised, and
wherein the collecting unit is disposed between the handle body and the fixing member such that the collecting unit is movable upward and downward within the handle body.

US Pat. No. 10,477,937

SYSTEMS AND APPARATUSES TO APPLY A MATERIAL TO A NAIL

PREEMADONNA INC., Sunnyv...

1. An apparatus to apply a material to a nail, comprising:a receiving unit adapted to hold an external device;wherein, the receiving unit comprises a cradle or a receptor which receives and holds the external device therein;a vertical stand member;
an applicator unit to apply the material to the nail coupled to the vertical stand member;
a position aiding unit operably coupled to the applicator unit;
wherein, the position aiding unit is removable;
wherein the receiving unit is disposed on a side of the vertical stand member above the position aiding unit;
wherein, in operation, the position aiding unit facilitates positioning of the nail relative to the applicator unit;
wherein, in operation, the applicator unit applies the material to the nail;
wherein the external device comprises:
a processing unit:
a memory unit coupled to the processing unit, the memory unit having stored thereon instructions which when executed by the processing unit, cause the processing unit to;
perform image processing techniques on the image of the nail;
provide audio or visual cues in relation to operating the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,477,936

INTEGRATED, MANICURE-PEDICURE STATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An apparatus, comprising:a workstation comprising a body and a cushioned non-slip polymer based skin, the body comprising a top surface formed to be substantially flat and inclined upward with progress along a longitudinal direction extending away from a front edge thereof, wherein the polymer based skin covers the top surface of the body, such that the polymer based skin is distinct from a material of the body, and wherein the polymer based skin is chemically resistant and impervious to at least one of alcohol and acetone;
wherein the top surface further extends continuously to form an arcuate cross section region rising and falling vertically with progress longitudinally away from the front edge of the body;
the workstation further comprising a first recess and a second recess, wherein the first recess is within the body and adjacent to the accurate cross section region, wherein the second recess is within the apex of the accurate cross section region, and wherein the first recess and second recess are sized and shaped to support at least one of materials and tools corresponding to at least one of manicure and pedicure; and
the body having a flexible configuration, wherein the flexible configuration is comprised of a lower region of the body folded at an angle relative to an upper region of the body, such that the folded lower region of the body is adapted to abut against an edge of a surface.

US Pat. No. 10,477,934

HAIR RETAINING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

1. A hair retention device, comprising:a centrally located rod having a proximal end and an oppositely arranged distal end and a given length therebetween;
a pair of elongate helical coils surrounding at least a portion of the length of the centrally located rod, each of the coils in the pair of helical coils having two opposing ends, each coil being attached to the centrally located rod at one end at an attachment point which is located adjacent the proximal end of the rod and having an opposite, free end which is not attached to the centrally located rod;
the pair of elongate helical coils being angularly offset by 180 degrees with respect to a longitudinal axis of the centrally located rod.

US Pat. No. 10,477,933

SMART LUGGAGE SYSTEM WITH CAMERA INSTALLED IN PULL ROD

LINGDONG TECHNOLOGY (BEIJ...

1. A smart luggage system, comprising:a piece of luggage configured to store items for transport;
a handle coupled to the luggage, wherein the handle includes a pull rod coupled to a connecting rod;
an upper camera disposed in a top portion of the pull rod; and
a control button coupled to the luggage or the handle and configured to stop a people following function of the smart luggage system and start a photo/video taking process of the smart luggage system.

US Pat. No. 10,477,932

PORTABLE SECURE CARRIER ARRANGEMENT

1. A secure carrier arrangement, comprising:a bottomless cylindrical housing having a cylindrical peripheral wall defining a central opening passing through the housing, a first fastening element provided on an inner surface of the peripheral wall, said cylindrical peripheral wall provided at a shoulder disposed perpendicular thereto and extending radially inwardly from said cylindrical peripheral wall, said central opening terminating at the shoulder, such that a receiving cavity is formed by said cylindrical peripheral wall and said shoulder;
a first strap member having a base end and a distal end;
a second strap member having a base end and a distal end;
a storage container including:
a base including a first portion having a first thickness and a second portion having a second thickness smaller than said first thickness such that a step formation is defined between said first portion and said second portion, an article receiving cavity is formed at an interface between said first and second portions having an access portal within said step formation, and
a top portion,
wherein, in use an article to be stored is inserted into said article receiving cavity via said access portal within said step formation, such that a portion of the article extends outwardly from said first portion, and another portion of the article, disposed within said article receiving cavity, is concealed within said cavity by said first portion, and
wherein said storage container is devoid of fastening mechanisms; and
a closure cap having a circular upper wall and a side cylindrical wall affixed to said circular upper wall, said side cylindrical wall having a second fastening element configured to securely interconnect with said first fastening element, said closure cap configured to encase said storage container,
whereby upon placement of the storage container within the receiving cavity and under the closure cap, the second fastening element of the closure cap securely interconnects with said first fastening element of said cylindrical peripheral wall and the storage container is secured within the receiving cavity, and
whereby, upon positioning of said secure carrier arrangement on the body of a user, said base of said storage container due to the bottomless formation of the housing is disposed against the body of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,477,929

MODULAR ACCESSORY APPARATUS

REGAL JEWELRY MANUFACTURE...

1. A modular accessory apparatus, comprising:a body component, having a first end and a second end, the body component having a curvature such that a gap forms between the first end and the second end along the direction of extension of the curvature, and the first end has a connector; and
a housing component for modularly coupling to the connector, wherein the housing component comprises:
a housing body having an opening;
a coupler component disposed in the housing body; and
a gateway block disposed in the opening, and the gateway block has a through-hole corresponding to the coupler component;
wherein the connector passes through the through-hole and engages with the coupler component, and the through-hole of the gateway block limits a displacement movement of the connector to the direction through the through-hole;
wherein the coupler component is formed substantially in the shape of an ohm symbol (), wherein the coupler component has a coupler base, two guidance components respectively connected to the coupler base, and a coupler opening formed between the two guidance components; the coupler opening corresponds to the opening of the housing body and the through-hole of the gateway block.

US Pat. No. 10,477,928

SYSTEM FOR ZIPPERS

1. An apparatus for joining two pieces of material, comprising:a right-hand-side bottom stop including a right-hand-side front face and a right-hand-side inner face, the right-hand-side inner face including a slot configured to receive an insertion pin;
a left-hand-side bottom stop including a left-hand-side front face and a left-hand side inner face positioned as a face closest to and facing the right-hand side inner face, the left-hand side inner face including an insertion pin configured to be inserted into the right-hand-side inner face;
a slider with an outer-face, the slider coupled to a zipper chain in a way that allows the slider to slide toward and away from the right-hand-side bottom stop;
the right-hand-side front face having a portion that extends beyond the outer-face of the slider.

US Pat. No. 10,477,926

SAFETY BELT LATCH STRUCTURE

Taiwan Racing Products Co...

1. A safety belt latch structure comprising:a base;
a locking hook member mounted on the base; and
a positioning shaft mounted on the base;
wherein:
the base has a front end provided with a mounting section, and a rear end provided with a belt passing section;
the mounting section of the base is provided with a receiving recess, a connecting seat, and a locking seat;
the locking hook member is mounted on the mounting section of the base, and received in the receiving recess of the mounting section;
the locking hook member has a first end provided with a hooked portion and a second end provided with an abutting portion;
the locking hook member is provided with a shaft hole mounted on the connecting seat of the base, and a first locking portion mounted on the locking seat of the base;
the positioning shaft is mounted on the connecting seat of the base and extends through the shaft hole of the locking hook member;
the locking seat of the base is formed with a through hole;
the through hole of the locking seat has an end provided with a stop wall which extends inward;
the safety belt latch structure further comprises a press switch mounted on the locking seat of the base;
the press switch includes an elongate push knob mounted in the through hole of the locking seat and extending through the receiving recess of the mounting section, a covering member secured to the locking seat of the base, and an elastic member mounted in the through hole of the locking seat and biased between the push knob and the covering member;
the push knob has a first end provided with a pressing portion protruding from the through hole of the locking seat, and a second end provided with a resting portion resting on the elastic member;
the push knob is provided with a depression and a second locking portion; and
the first locking portion of the locking hook member is locked with the second locking portion of the push knob and is received in the depression of the push knob.

US Pat. No. 10,477,924

WINDING DEVICE

JAPANA CO., LTD., Nagoya...

1. A winding device comprising:a first rotation shaft that rotates and drives a first string winding unit;
a second rotation shaft arranged coaxially with the first rotation shaft to rotate and drive a second string winding unit;
a first gear coupled to the first rotation shaft;
a second gear coupled to the second rotation shaft and located at a position opposing the first gear and spaced apart from the first gear;
a sliding gear member arranged between the first and second gears and including a third gear and a fourth gear respectively engaged with the first gear and the second gear;
a handle including a gear accommodation portion that is tubular and has a closed end, and accommodates the first gear, the second gear, and the sliding gear member;
an inclined groove formed in an inner surface of the gear accommodation portion and extending in the inner surface of the gear accommodation portion from an opening of the gear accommodation portion toward the closed end of the gear accommodation portion;
an engagement projection formed on an outer surface of the sliding gear member, wherein the engagement projection engages the inclined groove and is slidable in the inclined groove; and
a lock member that restricts a slidable range of the engagement projection, which is arranged in the inclined groove, from the opening of the gear accommodation portion and restricts separation of the engagement projection from the inclined groove, wherein
a change in a rotation direction of the handle moves the sliding gear member in an axial direction of the first and second rotation shafts and switches the gear engaged with and rotated and driven by the gear of the sliding gear member between the first gear and the second gear.

US Pat. No. 10,477,923

DETECTOR SYSTEM FOR USE WITH FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear comprising:a footwear structure including a footwear upper coupled to a footwear sole;
a motorized lacing engine coupled to the footwear structure;
a processor circuit; and
a body detector system including a body sensor configured to detect a presence of a user body based on a change in an electric field, wherein the change in the electric field is caused at least in part by the user body;
wherein the body sensor is configured to provide a sensor signal that includes information about a presence or absence of the user body; and
wherein the processor circuit is configured to receive the sensor signal and provide instructions to the motorized lacing engine based on information from the sensor signal.

US Pat. No. 10,477,921

AIR BLADDER BOOT FITTING DEVICE

6. An air bladder boot fitting device comprising:a boot having a sole, an upper coupled to and extending upwardly from said sole, said upper including a shaft section extending downwardly from an open upper edge;
a bladder coupled to said upper, said bladder being positioned within an interior of said boot, said bladder extending along said shaft section wherein said bladder is configured for securing a foot of the user within said boot when said bladder is inflated, said bladder extending partially around a circumference of an interior surface of said shaft section wherein a strip of said shaft section is exposed within said interior of said boot, said strip extending upwardly from a heel of said boot to said open upper edge;
a bulb valve coupled to said bladder such that said bulb valve is configured for inflating said bladder, said bulb valve being positioned outside of said boot, said bulb valve being coupled to said bladder aligned with a front quarter of said shaft section of said upper and extending from said open upper edge;
a release valve being in fluid communication with said bladder wherein said bladder is deflated by opening of said release valve;
a latch coupled to an exterior surface of said boot proximate said open upper edge wherein said latch is configured for securing said shaft section around a calf of the user; and
an exterior of said sole and said upper being rubberized wherein said boot is waterproof and configured for use while pouring concrete; and
wherein said strip is configured to correspond to and align with the achilles tendon of the user and bears the friction of the user's heel as the boot is put on or taken off.

US Pat. No. 10,477,920

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR UPPER INCORPORATING A TEXTILE COMPONENT WITH TENSILE ELEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An upper comprising:a heel region, a first side, and a second side, the upper further including a knitted component that at least partially defines the heel region, the first side, and the second side of the upper; and
a tensile element that is inlaid within knit courses of the knitted component,
wherein the tensile element defines a first segment disposed on the first side of the upper;
wherein the first segment of the tensile element is configured to attach a securement device to the knitted component on the first side of the upper;
wherein the tensile element further includes a second segment that is disposed proximate a lower portion of the upper on the second side;
wherein the second segment is fixed relative to the lower portion of the upper on the second side;
wherein the tensile element further includes an intermediate segment that extends continuously from the first segment, across the heel region, to the second segment; and
wherein the tensile element is configured to transfer at least a portion of an input force applied to the first side of the upper across the heel region, to the lower portion of the upper on the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,477,917

ENERGY RETURN ORTHOTIC SYSTEMS

1. A tri-layer orthotic system constructed of a resilient material, the tri-layer orthotic system comprising:a base layer having a distal toe end and a proximal heel end;
a resin;
a mid-layer having a distal toe portion, a mid-portion and a proximal heel portion, said distal toe portion of the mid-layer integrally fused to the distal toe end of the base layer by said resin to form a forefoot portion, said proximal heel portion including an opening cut into the mid-layer proximal heel portion that conforms to a heel of an individual; and
an upper layer having a front upper layer portion, an arch upper layer portion and a heel upper layer portion, said heel upper layer portion integrally fused to the proximal heel portion of the mid-layer by said resin to form an open heel portion, said upper layer including a plurality of segmented digit rays cut into the front upper layer portion, said arch upper layer portion is cut into the upper layer and is configured to be deformed upwardly above said upper layer or downwardly below said upper layer;
wherein the upper layer is suspended over the mid-layer and the heel portion is suspended over the proximal heel end of the base layer, wherein the suspension in combination with the resilient material creates a rear spring section, a mid-spring section and a front spring section.

US Pat. No. 10,477,914

SHOE HAVING A SOLE STRUCTURE AND AN AIR PUMP DEVICE FOR BLOWING AIR INTO A SHOE INTERIOR SPACE

ATMOS AIRWALK AG, Zurich...

1. A shoe comprising a sole structure having a top side facing a shoe interior space, and an air pump device for blowing air into the shoe interior space, wherein the air pump device comprises:a bellows formed in a cavity in a heel area of the sole structure;
an intake channel coupled to the bellows for transporting air to the bellows from an intake opening; and
an air supply device coupled to the bellows for forwarding air from the bellows into the shoe interior space;
wherein the sole structure has, at least in the heel area, a multilayer structure comprising:
at least one cover layer comprising a layer of a bending stiff material arranged over the cavity;
at least one intermediate layer of a compressible material, the intermediate layer containing the cavity; and
at least one outsole layer arranged below the cavity;
wherein the layer of the bending stiff material forms a bending stiff plate that overlaps the cavity;
wherein the cavity extends horizontally over most of the surface of the heel area so that a support strip of the compressible material of the at one intermediate layer remains between the cavity and the outside edges of the sole structure on the sides and at the heel;
wherein the support strip extends vertically over the full height of the cavity and the average width of the support strip is not more than 20% of the maximum width of the heel area measured transversely to the walking direction;
wherein the cavity has an average height of at least 4 mm; and
wherein the compressible material has an average hardness between 30 and 55 Shore-A at least in the area of the support strip.

US Pat. No. 10,477,913

OUTWARD ROTATING GOLF SHOES

1. A shoe sole with a pattern configured for one-way rotation in one direction and exceptional traction for the other direction comprising:the pattern having:
a one directional rotation pattern including one cone shaped spike at a center point or axis of said one directional rotation; one or more circular members or blades concavely curved around the center cone shaped spike forming a circle such that any point on a particular circle member or blade will be approximately equal distance from the center cone spike to any other point on the same said circle member or blade: and a one-way directional rotation pattern of one-way guide blades having two different functioning and designed ends, said one-way rotation pattern of one-way guide blades including more than one row of substantially parallel and concavely axial curved one-way guide blades around the center point so that any point on the one-way guide blade will be approximately equal distance from the center point to any other point on the same one-way guide blade, each of the rows exclusively including one-way guide blades, each one-way blade with a slide end on a same end, facing an outside edge of the shoe sole and a catch or stop end on the other end of the one-way guide blade facing an inside edge of the shoe sole, each of the one-way guide blades being an elongated member extending partially from the inside edge of the shoe sole towards the outside edge of the shoe sole in an axial direction concavely curved about the center point of the cone shaped spike, each of the one-way guide blades having:
a top portion that is flat or squared,
the slide end on one end of the one-way guide blade including a gradually protruding or slanted portion gently extending from the shoe sole to the top portion of the one-way guide blade in a gradual or sloped direction forming an inclined plane from the slide end from the shoe sole to a part of the one-way guide blade furthest from the shoe sole or top portion of the one-way guide blade when the shoe is upside down, whereby the one-way guide blade is configured to allow the one-way rotation toward the slide end of the one-way guide blade that gradually protrudes from the shoe sole at an extremely obtuse, almost 180 degree angle, all of the gradually protruding or slanted portion of said one-way guide blades are positioned facing the outside edge of the sole: and the stop or catch end of the one-way guide blades including a barb or sharp terminal end, said barb or sharp terminal end extending from the shoe sole to the top portion in an inverse angle or sharp direction resembling a shape of the number seven when the shoe is upside down, the barb or sharp terminal end is angled downwards toward the shoe sole where an exterior of the barb or sharp terminal end forms an acute angle to the shoe sole, the acute angle transitioning from the part of the one-way guide blade furthest from the shoe sole or top portion of the one-way guide blade when the shoe is upside down, whereby the one-way guide blade is configured to restrict movement opposite one-way rotation toward the stop or catch end of the one-way guide blade that sharply or inversely protrudes from the shoe sole forming the barb or sharp terminal end extending from the shoe sole at the acute angle; whereby the shoe sole is configured to rotate in one direction about said center point of the cone shaped spike, and catch or stop in an opposite direction wherein all of the barb or sharp terminal end of the one-way guide blades will be positioned facing the same direction toward the inside edge of the sole.

US Pat. No. 10,477,911

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR AND CHARGING SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, the article of footwear comprising:an upper and a sole structure;
an automated tensioning system that is configured to adjust a tension level of the article of footwear from a first tension level to a second tension level, wherein the first tension level is greater than the second tension level;
a charging assembly, the charging assembly comprising an internal charging device and a housing;
a sensor, the sensor providing information to the automated tensioning system when the charging assembly is connected to an external charging device; and
the automated tensioning system being configured to loosen the article of footwear from the first tension level to the second tension level when the automated tensioning system receives information from the sensor indicating that the charging assembly is connected to the external charging device.

US Pat. No. 10,477,910

FLEXIBLE SOLE AND UPPER FOR AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A midsole for an article of footwear, the midsole comprising:a midsole body comprising a toe portion, a midfoot portion, and a heel portion;
a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, the midsole body extending between the first surface and the second surface; and
a plurality of sipes extending from the first surface into the midsole body, the plurality of sipes comprising:
a plurality of arcuate sipes extending longitudinally, wherein the plurality of arcuate sipes comprises a first arcuate sipe having a first length extending from the toe portion to the heel portion, an intermediate arcuate sipe having a second length that is shorter than the first length, and a plurality of shorter arcuate sipes each having a third length that is shorter than the second length, and
a first diagonal sipe and a second diagonal sipe, the first diagonal sipe intersecting the second diagonal sipe,
wherein the first arcuate sipe intersects the first diagonal sipe and the second diagonal sipe at a location in which the first diagonal sipe intersects with the second sipe,
wherein the intermediate arcuate sipe, the plurality of shorter arcuate sipes, and at least a portion of the first arcuate sipe are parallel to a curvature of a lateral edge of the midsole.

US Pat. No. 10,477,906

WINGED CAPE FOR CHILDREN'S PLAY

1. A winged cape for wearing by a person, comprising:a flexible inner web and a flexible outer web, each web sharing a common outline representing a pair of wings, each web mutually fixed at least along their common outline, each web having a top edge and at least one side edge;
at least four parallel arm slots formed through the inner web to define sleeves generally orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of each web, the sleeves mutually coaxially aligned and integrally formed with the inner web;
whereby when worn each arm of the person positioned through one of the arm sleeves between the arm sleeve and the outer web, the longitudinal axes of the webs are parallel with and aligned with the person's torso, the webs forming the winged cape when worn by the person,
wherein each web is further directly mutually sewn together along at least two additional stitches outside of the sleeves defined between arm slots in the inner web.

US Pat. No. 10,477,905

STOWABLE GARMENT SYSTEM WITH QUICK RELEASE MECHANISM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A stowable garment system comprising:a belt structure having a pouch positioned on a front aspect of the belt structure, the pouch comprising releasable fasteners positioned on an outer-facing surface of the pouch, the pouch formed by a panel attached to the belt structure and having a top side, a bottom side, a first side, and a second side, wherein a first flap extends from the top side of the panel and has a first hole extending therethrough, a second flap extends from the first side of the panel and has a second hole extending therethrough, a third flap extends from the second side of the panel and has a third hole extending therethrough, and a fourth flap extends from the bottom side of the panel and has a second looped cord segment attached thereto, wherein the first flap, the second flap, the third flap, and the fourth flap of the pouch at least partially overlap each other so that the first hole, the second hole, and the third hole are generally aligned when the pouch is in a closed state, and wherein the second looped cord segment of the fourth flap extends through the first hole, the second hole, and the third hole when the pouch is in the closed state; and
an upper-body garment comprising a front section, a back section, and a bottom margin, wherein a portion of the front section is attached to the pouch, and wherein the back section comprises a first tab having a first looped cord segment and extending from the bottom margin at a first side of the back section and a second tab extending from the bottom margin at a second opposite side of the back section, wherein both the first tab and the second tab comprise a releasable fastener configured to mate with the releasable fasteners positioned on the outer-facing surface of the pouch when the upper-body garment is stowed within the pouch, and wherein the second looped cord segment of the fourth flap receives the first looped cord segment of the first tab when the pouch is in the closed state and the upper-body garment is stowed within the pouch.

US Pat. No. 10,477,902

BREAST SUPPORT GARMENT

LULULEMON ATHLETICA CANAD...

1. A breast support garment comprising:a front panel configured to cover at least a portion of a wearer's chest;
a pair of straps each having a first end connected to the front panel; and
a reinforcing frame comprising
a front reinforcing structure connected to the front panel and defining two breast areas, the front reinforcing structure comprising
a central reinforcing element with two crisscrossing legs configured to extend from a chest region of a first breast to an under-breast region of an opposite breast thus separating the two breast areas,
each of the leg of the central reinforcing element having a top end that is in contact with the first end of the respective strap,
wherein the front reinforcing structure is a single piece with a pre-defined structural property and is configured to support breast tissue directly around a root of each breast.

US Pat. No. 10,477,901

FULL TORSO MATERNITY GARMENT

Blanqi, LLC, Atlanta, GA...

1. A garment, comprising:a front portion arranged to cover the front of a wearer, the front portion including a first region of a stretchable material configured for providing a first degree of compression and a second region of a stretchable material configured for providing a second degree of compression that is different than the first degree of compression, wherein at least a portion of the first region is above the second region, and wherein the first and the second regions of the front portion are defined within a single piece of material such that there is a seamless transition therebetween;
a back portion opposite and attached to the front portion; and
a third portion, at least a section of the third portion positioned between the front portion and the back portion, the third portion being attached to at least the front portion and having a third degree of compression that is different than both the first degree of compression of the first region and the second degree of compression of the second region of the front portion.

US Pat. No. 10,477,897

AIR AND/OR AEROSOL HEATER

1. An air and/or aerosol heater for an e-cigarette, the heater comprising:a tube in which air and/or aerosol can be heated; and
a resistor element arranged on an outer surface of the tube or on an inner surface of the tube, wherein the resistor element is fixed on the tube, the resistor element being fixed on the tube with a covering in at least some sections, with a fixing layer or with a casting, in at least some sections, with a fixing layer, at least a portion of the fixing layer defining at least a portion of an outermost layer of the heater, wherein an effective cross section of the resistor element is greater at tube ends than in a middle of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,477,895

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE ATOMIZER

O-NET AUTOMATION TECHNOLO...

1. An electronic cigarette atomizer, comprising:an atomizing assembly,
a smoke duct, and
a cigarette holder,wherein the smoke duct comprises a liquid storage cavity for storing tobacco liquid and a flue; the smoke duct is cooperatively mounted respectively with the atomizing assembly and the cigarette holder,wherein the atomizing assembly comprises: a holding frame, comprising an air channel communicated with the flue and end-surface slots for accommodating a heating module; andthe heating module, comprising a ceramic base body and a heating wire wound on the ceramic base body, wherein the heating wire is electrically connected with the holding frame, and the ceramic base body is of a hollow micropore structure and is communicated with the liquid storage cavity;wherein the holding frame comprises an outer holding frame, a middle holding frame and an inner holding frame, the outer holding frame and the inner holding frame are conductive holding frames, and the middle holding frame is an insulating holding frame and nested between the outer holding frame and the inner holding frame for insulating and isolating the outer holding frame and the inner holding frame and sealing the liquid storage cavity; andwherein the end-surface slots of the outer holding frame and the inner holding frame comprise a large end-surface slot and a small end-surface slot respectively, and the large end-surface slot of the outer holding frame and the small end-surface slot of the inner holding frame are disposed on a same side.

US Pat. No. 10,477,894

INDUCTIVE HEATING DEVICE FOR HEATING AN AEROSOL-FORMING SUBSTRATE

Philip Morris Products S....

1. Inductive heating device for heating an aerosol-forming substrate comprising a susceptor, the inductive heating device comprising:a device housing,
a DC power source having a DC supply voltage,
a power supply electronics configured to operate at high frequency in the range of 1 MHz to 30 MHz, the power supply electronics comprising a DC/AC inverter connected to the DC power source, the DC/AC inverter including a power amplifier including a transistor switch, a transistor switch driver circuit, and an LC load network configured to operate at low ohmic load, wherein the LC load network comprises a shunt capacitor and a series connection of a capacitor and an inductor having an ohmic resistance, and
a cavity arranged in the device housing, the cavity having an internal surface shaped to be capable of accommodating at least a portion of the aerosol-forming substrate, the cavity and the inductor of the LC load network being arranged relative to one another such that upon accommodation of the portion of the aerosol-forming substrate in the cavity the inductor of the LC load network is inductively coupled to the susceptor of the aerosol-forming substrate during operation.

US Pat. No. 10,477,893

ELECTRONIC VAPOR PROVISION DEVICE

NICOVENTURES HOLDINGS LIM...

1. An electronic vapor provision device comprising:a body including a power cell and a processor, wherein the processor has a normal operation mode and a lower power sleep mode; and
a mouthpiece comprising a liquid store and a vaporizer, wherein the vaporizer is in fluid communication with the liquid store using a wick to transport liquid from the liquid store to the vaporizer for vaporization,
wherein the mouthpiece is connectable to the body in a co-axial manner, and
wherein the processor is configured to:
periodically check, during both the normal operation mode and the lower power sleep mode, whether the mouthpiece is connected to or disconnected from the body,
detect when the device has been inactive for a predetermined inactive time while the mouthpiece is connected to the body,
in response to such a detection of the device being inactive, and while the mouthpiece is connected to the body, transition from the normal operation mode into the lower power sleep mode,
detect, based on the periodic checking, and after the transition from the normal operation mode to the lower power sleep mode, that the mouthpiece has been disconnected from the body,
detect, based on the periodic checking, after the mouthpiece has been disconnected from the body, that the mouthpiece has been reconnected to the body, and
in response to such a detection of the disconnection and then reconnection, transition from the lower power sleep mode back into the normal operation mode.

US Pat. No. 10,477,892

APPARATUS FOR SECURING TO THE TOP OF A BOTTLE OR CANISTER FOR PROVIDING A SMOKING ASSEMBLY

1. A method for smoking leaves comprising:filling a vessel with an open top with a volume with water or other liquid so that there is a remaining air volume within the vessel;
engaging a smoking apparatus comprising a straw element and a bowl with the open top of the vessel;
inserting a flame-resistant straw into the straw element and into the interior of the vessel;
positioning the straw relative to the straw element to ensure that the top end of the straw may be placed on the lips of a user without the face of the user coming into close contact with the bowl, such that any flame or heated material within the bowl is at a safe distance from the user's face;
placing crushed plant leaves into the bowl for lighting with a fire instigating device; and
smoking the crushed plant leaves by lighting the plant leaves with a fire instigation device, wherein the user places his or her lips on the top end of the straw, wherein the smoke from the burnt leaves travels down in to the open air chamber of the vessel and up through the straw while being cooled by the water or other liquid and the ambient temperature of the vessel, wherein excess debris from the burnt leaves is filtered down into the water portion of the vessel by falling directly through apertures located on the bottom of the smoking apparatus, and wherein cooled and filtered smoke from the burnt leaves is substantially contained within the air volume within the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,477,891

SMOKING SYSTEM AND METHOD UTILIZING SMOKE CLEANSING AND CONDITIONING COMPONENTS

1. A smoking system comprising:a combustion chamber in which a product is combusted resulting in product smoke;
a conduit member connected to the chamber, the conduit member having an upward end and a lower end, wherein the product smoke flows into the conduit member from the chamber and towards the upward end;
an element member supported within the conduit member, wherein the element member is configured to rotate within the conduit member;
a water delivery mechanism which delivers water to the upward end of the conduit member wherein the water is introduced into an internal tube of the element member and dispensed into the conduit member as the element member rotates;
a motor mechanically connected to the element member, wherein the motor provides rotation to the element member; and
a smoke delivery tube attached at the upward end of the conduit member.

US Pat. No. 10,477,887

SMOKING MACHINE

PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S....

1. A modular smoking system, comprising-,a carousel module comprising a substantially annular carousel, a plurality of smoking article ports configured to receive smoking articles, and a plurality of analysis ports,
the substantially annular carousel comprising at least one ring having an inner surface and an outer surface radially spaced from the inner surface, through which a plurality of identically-dimensioned aerosol-flow channels are defined through the substantially annular carousel, and
each aerosol-flow channel of the plurality of aerosol-flow channels extending radially through the at least one ring of the substantially annular carousel between a smoking article port of the plurality of smoking article ports located at the inner surface of the at least one ring and an analysis port of the plurality of analysis ports located at the outer surface of the at least one ring; and
at least one aerosol analysis module, located radially outwards from the outer surface of the at least one ring and configured to couple to the analysis port, configured to analyze an aerosol generated by a smoking article coupled to the smoking article port,
wherein the inner surface of the at least one ring is configured to rotate relative to the outer surface of the at least one ring.

US Pat. No. 10,477,878

METHOD FOR MAKING LIQUID OR SEMI-LIQUID PRODUCTS AND MACHINE TO IMPLEMENT THE METHOD

1. A method for making liquid or semi-liquid products, comprising the following steps:providing a machine comprising:
a first processing container for processing a basic liquid or semi-liquid product and defining a processing chamber;
a cooling cylinder mounted inside the first container;
a second processing container;
a rotary stirrer mounted inside the first processing container and inside the processing chamber and outside the cooling cylinder, the rotary stirrer being rotatable about a horizontal axis;
a valve mechanism including:
a shutoff valve positioned and configured to axially move between open and closed positions to respectively open and close a connecting duct between an interior of the second container and the first container;
a further duct connected between the shutoff valve and an actuator including a motor; the further duct axially movable by the actuator along an axis of the further duct to move the shutoff valve between the open and closed positions; the further duct including an upstream end adjacent the actuator, a downstream end adjacent the shutoff valve and an internal longitudinal through cavity between the upstream end and the downstream end;
a one-way valve positioned at the upstream end to allow air into the internal through cavity;
wherein the shutoff valve is actuatable independently of actuation of the rotary stirrer;
a dispensing device operatively connected to the first processing container and configured, in a dispensing configuration, to deliver the liquid or semi-liquid product to an exterior of the machine or, in an inhibiting configuration, to prevent the liquid or semi-liquid product from being dispensed;
placing a basic liquid or semi-liquid product inside the second processing container;
stirring and thermally treating the basic liquid or semi-liquid product inside the second processing container;
transferring the basic liquid or semi-liquid product from the second processing container to the first processing container with the dispensing device in the inhibiting configuration;
stirring and thermally treating the basic liquid or semi-liquid product inside the first processing container;
setting the dispensing device to the dispensing configuration to allow dispensing the liquid or semi-liquid product from the first processing container while inhibiting transfer of the basic liquid or semi-liquid product from the second processing container to the first container.

US Pat. No. 10,477,877

COCOA SHELL POWDER AND PROCESS OF MAKING

BARRY CALLEBAUT AG, Zuri...

1. A cocoa shell powder characterized by the following features:(a) a mean particle size of less than 75 ?m;
(b) a final moisture content of ?5 weight %;
(c) a neutral taste or a light cocoa flavor with slight hints of cinnamon and nuts, free from off-flavours;
(d) colour variations covering a range of natural cocoa powder colour up to a colour of black alkalized cocoa powder;
(e) a dietary fiber content of about 55 weight %;
(f) a total microbiological plate count of less than 5000 colony-forming units per gram; and
(g) a bulk density between 0.35 kg/L and 0.52 kg/L.

US Pat. No. 10,477,874

TIDAL ROTATING OYSTER SHAPER AND CLEANER APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE

1. A tidal rotating oyster shaper and cleaning apparatus configured to rotate by a source of passive energy, said apparatus comprising:an outer frame;
a containment cage supported by the outer frame, said containment cage having two lateral ends;
at least one container configured to hold oysters, said at least one container located and maintained within the containment cage;
a circular end member mounted on each lateral end of the containment cage, said end members each having outwardly extending teeth which circumscribe the end members;
at least one passive energy capturing pawl configured to contact and engage the teeth which circumscribe the end members on the lateral ends of the containment cage;
whereby upon the introduction of a source of passive energy to the apparatus, the pawl is caused to rotate in a first direction, thereby rotating the end members, the containment cage, and said at least one container within the containment cage.

US Pat. No. 10,477,873

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REMOVAL OF PINBONES FROM A FISH FILLET

1. An apparatus, designed and configured for the removal of pin bones from a fish fillet that has been completely separated from the skeleton, comprising a tool having a clamping mechanism for clamping and releasing individual pin bones, a drive for the rotary driving of at least parts of the clamping mechanism and means for transmitting the rotational movement from the drive to the clamping mechanism, characterised in that the clamping mechanism comprises a base body that can be driven such that it rotates about a rotational axis, with which at least two clamping jaws are associated, which clamping jaws define a resulting central axis M and are for clamping and releasing the pin bones, wherein the clamping jaws are designed and configured such that they can move towards and away from one another, and the drive is designed and configured for exerting an oscillating rotational movement of the base body about the rotational axis and thereby of the clamping jaws about the central axis M.

US Pat. No. 10,477,872

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING WINGS FROM A POULTRY CARCASS

Foodmate US, Inc., Ballg...

1. A method of separating wings from a poultry carcass comprising:moving the poultry carcass along a processing path suspended by the legs with the back of the poultry carcass facing the direction of movement;
tilting the poultry carcass so that its back faces in a downward direction;
supporting the back of the poultry carcass on either side of the backbone of the poultry carcass;
positioning clavicles of the poultry carcass at predetermined locations to a side of the backbone of the poultry carcass;
pre-cutting the poultry carcass from the back to sever tissue and tendons that attach bones of the wings to the clavicles allowing the balls and sockets of the shoulder joint to begin to separate;
tensioning the wings to urge the wings away from the carcass and urge the balls and sockets of the shoulder joints apart;
cutting between the balls and sockets of the shoulder joints to separate the wings progressively from the carcass; and
collecting the separated wing.

US Pat. No. 10,477,870

PLANT AND METHOD FOR THE TREATMENT OF WHOLE MUSCLE MEAT

1. A plant for the treatment of whole muscle meat including a brine injection apparatus integratinga conveyor device of whole muscle meat defining a conveying direction, and a conveying surface on which said whole muscle meat is to be placed;
three injector heads successive in the conveying direction, each provided with a plurality of injector needles parallel to one another and orthogonal to said conveying surface, wherein each injector head is movable in a direction orthogonal to the conveying surface between an injection position and a standby position away from the conveying surface, and wherein each of said injector needles is hollow and is connected to a pressurized brine supply device; and
wherein said plant also integrates at least one massage application apparatus including a rotary drum suitable for being loaded with the whole muscle meat after it has gone through the injection apparatus; wherein
there are three injector heads;
one injector head, constituting a stand-alone injector head, is connected to a first pressurized brine supply device, being independent from the remaining injector heads which constitute two linked injector heads which reach the injection position at alternating times;
the conveyor device has at least two segments that can be independently operated, the conveying surface of each of said segments facing one of said two linked injector heads; and in that
said rotary drum has an inner face with a maximum inner diameter comprised between 140 cm and 210 cm and is operated by a motor making the drum rotate at between 14 and 20 revolutions per minute;
such that the brine injection occurring in the injection apparatus and the turning occurring in the massage application apparatus allow increasing the weight of the whole muscle meat, with respect to the initial weight before the meat goes through the plant, by up to more than 220% by way of brine absorption.

US Pat. No. 10,477,868

ICING MACHINE AND ICING METHOD

Axis Automation, Hartlan...

1. A machine for simultaneously coating a plurality of items with a coating, each item having a first side and a second side, wherein the plurality of items are placed on the machine in rows which are substantially straight and substantially perpendicular to the direction of travel of the plurality of items through the machine, the machine comprising:a first belt including openings through which the coating can flow;
a first conveyor having a first end and a second end, which moveably supports the first belt such that a top portion of the belt moves in a coating direction, the top portion transitions to a bottom portion of the belt at the second end, the top portion supporting and conveying a plurality of rows of the plurality of items between the first and second ends in the coating direction wherein the plurality of items are supported on the first sides;
a first variable speed drive coupled to the first conveyor to move the top portion in the coating direction;
a pan located between the top and bottom portions of the first belt;
a variable-flow rate icing pump configured to pump the coating into the pan and through the openings to coat the first side of the plurality of items with the coating as the plurality of items move above the pan;
a second belt;
a second conveyor which moveably supports the second belt such that a top portion of the second belt moves in the coating direction;
a second variable speed drive coupled to the second conveyor to move the top portion of the second belt in the coating direction;
a sensor which generates a signal in response to the passing of the plurality of rows of the plurality of items;
a structure which supports the second conveyor relative to the first conveyor such that the coated items drop from the first belt onto the top portion of the second belt such that the coated items are resting upon the second sides after being dropped onto the second belt, the structure further supporting the sensor relative to the top portion of the first belt proximate to the second end;
a controller coupled to the variable speed drives and the sensor, the controller configured to control the first variable speed drive to move the top portion of the first belt at an average speed, and control the second variable speed drive to vary the speed of the second belt in response to the signal generated by the sensor, such that the second belt moves at a drop speed which is below the average speed of the first belt when the coated items are dropped onto the second belt.

US Pat. No. 10,477,857

TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Infestation Tracking Syst...

1. An infestation tracking system comprising:a data receiver arranged to: i) receive work data detailing an infestation at a location, from a data provider logged in to the infestation tracking system, and ii) receive (a) property data related to properties of interest from users who have subscribed to an alert system, the property data of each property of interest indicative of an address or location of the property, and (b) contact information for a user associated with the property;
a module arranged to upon receiving the work data: i) update an existing record in a database according to the received work data upon determining the record corresponds to the location based on a geographical matching process by including the received work data and automatically appending data provider data of the data provider based on a logged-in account, ii) create a new record in the database according to the received work data upon determining that no record corresponding to the location exists based on a geographical matching process by including the received work data and automatically appending data provider data of the data provider based on the logged-in account, and iii) responsive to receipt of the work data, determine whether any properties of interest are in a risk area corresponding to the updated record or the new record, based on a geographical matching process; and
a data transmitter arranged to, upon the module determining that one or more properties are in a risk area, transmit a notification based on the updated record or the new record to each respective user using the contact information for the user associated with the property, the notification including an indication of the data provider.

US Pat. No. 10,477,854

MOUSETRAP WITH ALARMING AND REMINDING FUNCTIONS

1. A mousetrap with alarming and reminding functions, comprising a mousetrap shell, wherein a mouse cavity is formed inside the mousetrap shell; a mousetrap inlet communicated with the mouse cavity is formed in the mousetrap shell; a mouse clip and a vibration induction alarm are disposed inside the mousetrap shell; the vibration induction alarm comprises: an alarm shell, and a circuit board, a power supply device, a buzzer to give an alarm and a vibration sensor to detect vibration strength of the mousetrap which are respectively installed inside the alarm shell; the vibration sensor and the buzzer are respectively connected to the circuit board; a voltage comparison module and an alarm signal control module are disposed on the circuit board; the alarm signal control module is electrically connected with the power supply device, the voltage comparison module and the buzzer respectively; and the voltage comparison module is electrically connected with the vibration sensor and the power supply device respectively; the mousetrap shell comprises a bottom shell and a flipping cover, shaft body installing holes are respectively formed in two side surfaces of a front end of the flipping cover; shaft bodies on both sides of the alarm shell are inserted into the shaft body installing holes of the flipping cover so that the flipping cover and the bottom shell realize rotatable connection; and the flipping cover can flip up and down relative to the bottom shell, so as to open or close the mousetrap shell.

US Pat. No. 10,477,848

SPOOL BRAKE DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai, Osa...

16. A dual bearing reel comprising:a reel body;
a spool coupled to the reel body;
a handle coupled to the reel body; and
a spool brake device comprising:
a brake unit configured to electrically brake a spool of the spool brake device;
a detector configured to detect increase and decrease of the rotational speed of the spool; and
a controller configured to control a braking force of the brake unit,
wherein the braking force is controlled by the controller based on a detected increase or decrease of the rotational speed of the spool such that when the rotational speed of the spool is detected to be increasing, the controller sets the braking force according to a regular braking mode, and when the rotational speed of the spool is detected to stop increasing, the controller sets the braking force according to a first braking mode, wherein the braking force of the first braking mode is less than the braking force of the regular braking mode.

US Pat. No. 10,477,844

FISHING LURE

1. A fishing lure comprisinga body;
a fishing line coupler for connecting the body to a fishing line;
a fishing hook;
a fishing hook coupler coupling the fishing hook to the body;
a fishing hook receiver mounted to the body;
the fishing hook and the fishing hook receiver are biased toward each other by way of a magnetic field so as to retain the hook in a position adjacent the body; and
the fishing hook receiver includes a receiver slot for locating and receiving an open end of the fishing hook when in said retained position such that the open end of the fishing hook lies flush against the body of the fishing lure;
wherein the fishing line coupler and the fishing hook coupler are located on different positions on the body; and
wherein the fishing hook receiver is disc-shaped, and the receiver slot is diametrically positioned on the fishing hook receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,477,841

METHOD AND DEVICE SUITABLE FOR INCUBATING AVIAN EGGS

1. A method for incubating avian eggs, comprising:a. introducing avian eggs into an incubation chamber having an oxygen-containing atmosphere;
b. subsequent to ‘a’, incubating said eggs in said incubation chamber for a period of time that is not less than 25% of the natural incubation period of said eggs;
c. during said period of time of the incubating, changing an orientation of said eggs at a frequency of not less than once every two days; and
d. during said period of time of said incubating, varying a temperature of said atmosphere in said incubation chamber at a frequency of not less than five times a day, the varying comprising:
increasing the temperature of the atmosphere from a first temperature to a second temperature, the difference between the first temperature and the second temperature being not less than 1.0° C.; and subsequently
reducing the temperature from the second temperature to a third temperature, the difference between the second temperature and the third temperature being not less than 1.0° C.wherein the rate of said increasing the temperature of the atmosphere is not greater than 0.9° C./5 minutes;wherein said reducing of said second temperature to said third temperature commences after a period of at least one minute subsequent to attaining said second temperature; andthe rate of said reducing the temperature of the atmosphere is not greater than 0.9° C./5 minutes.

US Pat. No. 10,477,840

POULTRY KEEPING FACILITY WITH ADDITIONAL PERCHING RODS

BIG DUTCHMAN INTERNATIONA...

1. A poultry keeping facility comprising:at least one nest box;
a first colony surface having a perforated first floor area;
a second colony surface having a second floor area for spreading litter;
an actuator coupled to the perch facility; and
a control unit in signal communication with the actuator;
wherein said poultry keeping facility has at least one perching rod arranged at a height above the first or second floor area, said perching rod being movable relative to the first or second floor area by the actuator from a first position to a second position in which the perch facility covers a smaller area of the first or second floor area than in the first position and does not preclude access to the nest box; and
wherein the control unit is configured to move the perching rod the second position to the first position in the evening and from the first position to the second position in the morning.

US Pat. No. 10,477,839

DOG LEASH ASSEMBLY

1. A dog leash assembly being configured to be worn around a waist thereby facilitating hands-free restraint of a dog, said assembly comprising:a belt being configured to be worn around a waist, said belt having a first end and a second end, said belt having a cut to define a first portion of said belt and a second portion of said belt, each of said first portion and said second portion having a terminal end;
a first fastener being coupled to said first end of said belt; and
a second fastener being coupled to said second end of said belt, said first fastener being complementary with respect to said second fastener wherein each of said first fastener and said second fastener is configured to retain said belt around the waist;
a decal being coupled to said second fastener, said decal being comprised of a reflective material wherein said decal is configured to reflect light thereby enhancing visibility of said second fastener in a darkened environment;
a pouch being removably coupled to said belt wherein said pouch is configured to be positioned on the waist; and
a leash unit being removably coupled to said belt, said leash unit being configured to be coupled to a dog thereby facilitating hands-free restraint of the dog.

US Pat. No. 10,477,836

DEVICE FOR STABILIZING A TAIL AND PREVENTING AN ANIMAL FROM LICKING OR BITING ITS TAIL

1. A device for stabilizing an animal's tail and preventing the animal from licking and biting the tail, the device comprising:a collar designed to encircle the animal's neck;
a belly strap attached to the collar and designed to be positioned along an underside of the animal's stomach;
a spine strap attached to the collar and designed to be positioned along the animal's spine;
a chest strap attached to both the belly strap and the spine strap, the chest strap sized to encircle the animal's ribcage;
a waist strap attached to both the belly strap and the spine strap, the waist strap sized to encircle the animal proximate to the animal's waist; and
a rear pad with a tail sleeve extending outwardly therefrom, the tail sleeve sized to accommodate the animal's tail,
wherein the rear pad is attached to the spine strap and the waist strap.

US Pat. No. 10,477,832

AUTONOMOUS SELF-PROPELLED MANURE REMOVAL VEHICLE

LELY PATENT N.V., Maassl...

1. An autonomous self-propelled manure removal vehicle, comprising:at least two wheels each having an axis of rotation, at least one motor device and a control device, for displacing the vehicle by driving at least one of the wheels;
a floor-scraping device including at least a flexible lower scraper rim to adapt its shape to a floor surface, the floor-scraping device being configured to clean, in a working state of the vehicle, the floor surface while being in contact with the floor surface;
at least one skid element including at least a flexible lower skid rim with a slide surface to slide over the floor surface to support the vehicle in the working state of the vehicle, the at least one skid element being elongate and extending substantially perpendicular to the axes of the wheels; and
wherein the lower scraper rim of the floor scraping device in a non-loaded and non-working resting state of the vehicle extends further downwardly than the slide surface of the at least one skid element,
wherein the vehicle further comprises slide blocks which are fixedly secured at front side corners of the vehicle to allow the vehicle to slide along a side wall,
wherein each slide block comprises a side surface to contact a side wall, wherein the side surface comprises:
a slide section substantially perpendicular to the axes of the wheels, and
a redirect section adjacent to and in front of the slide section,
wherein the slide section is configured to guide the vehicle along the side wall in a direction substantially parallel to the side wall, and
wherein the redirect section has a curved shape configured to redirect the vehicle into a direction substantially parallel to the side wall when the vehicle is driven with the redirection section against the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,477,831

SELF-DRYING LITTER BOX

1. A self-drying litter box comprising:a tray-superposition arrangement having a lower tray and an upper tray; the upper tray being removably mounted onto the lower tray in spaced relationship so as to define an empty volume therebetween;
the upper tray including a bottom defining a first surface capable of receiving first litter material and waste material thereon; the bottom of the upper tray being provided with apertures for allowing air circulating through the bottom of the upper tray, to dry the first litter and waste materials thereon; the upper tray further comprising a peripheral wall extending upwardly from the bottom, and a connecting skirt extending inwardly with respect to the peripheral wall of the upper tray and downwardly with respect to the bottom of the upper tray, the connecting skirt extending continuously adjacent to a periphery of the upper tray;
the lower tray comprising a bottom defining a second surface and a peripheral wall extending upwardly from the bottom, the upper tray abutting against an upper edge of the peripheral wall of the lower tray with the bottom of the upper tray extending from a junction of the peripheral walls of the upper and lower trays and the connecting skirt extending inwardly from the peripheral wall of the lower tray, into the empty volume and towards the bottom of the lower tray;
the bottom of the lower tray being capable of receiving a portion of the first litter material and waste materials that falls from the upper tray through the apertures defined in the bottom of the upper tray;
the peripheral wall of the lower tray being provided with at least one ventilation opening for allowing at least one of a) air circulating from the empty volume to outside of the tray-superposition arrangement, and b) air circulating from the outside of the tray-superposition arrangement to the empty volume; and
whereby, in operation, the litter and waste materials in the upper and lower trays are dried by air circulating through the bottom of the upper tray and through the at least one ventilation opening.

US Pat. No. 10,477,786

TWO-STAGE AEROPONIC GROWING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Eric John Wilson, North ...

1. A two-stage aeroponic growing system, the system comprising:at least one cylindrical container comprising a generally cylindrical sidewall that forms a generally cylindrical cavity, the cylindrical sidewall defined by a plurality of spaced-apart, elongated side apertures, a closed end defined by a plurality of spaced-apart end apertures, and an open end terminating at a circumferential edge, whereby a rim extending around the circumferential edge of the at least one cylindrical container;
a cylindrical lid defined by a first face, a second face, and a plurality of lid apertures, the cylindrical lid configured to engage the circumferential edge of the at least one cylindrical container, the cylindrical lid further configured to regulate access to the cylindrical cavity of the at least one cylindrical container;
a sloped container comprising a tray that forms at least one drain hole, the tray surrounded by a first wall, a pair of lateral walls and a generally sloped second wall, the walls having an upper free edge, the tray and the walls forming a cavity, further the sloped container comprising at least one fluid supply hole;
a curved lid having a sloped surface and a circumferential edge configured to mount on to the upper edge of the walls of the sloped container, the sloped surface of the curved lid comprises a central horizontal plane surface and a plurality of gradually sloped plane surfaces from both sides of the central horizontal plane surface, whereby each of the gradually sloped plane surfaces are at a predetermined gradient from the adjacent plane surface, further each of the plane surfaces comprises a plurality of rows of evenly, spaced-apart holes which are configured to enable holding at least one cylindrical container, whereby the rim engages the curved lid allowing the at least one cylindrical container fixedly coupled to the sloped container at a predetermined angle; and
at least one nozzle attached to the fluid supply hole of the sloped container, wherein the at least one nozzle is configured to controllably spray a fluid in the cavity of the sloped container.

US Pat. No. 10,477,784

IRRIGATION SYSTEM

6. A method for irrigating cropland comprising:providing a water delivery pipe assembly comprising a plurality of delivery pipes and a plurality of drive motors;
configuring the water delivery pipe assembly to maintain a longitudinal alignment of the delivery pipes with respect to each other for at least one of: center pivot irrigator travel and linear-move irrigator travel; and
configuring the water delivery pipe assembly wherein the plurality of drive motors comprises a plurality of sets of two of the drive motors and during the maintaining of the longitudinal alignment of the delivery pipes with respect to each other, for each set of two motors, when one motor in the set of two motors is in operation or is operational the other drive motor in the set of two motors is not in operation or is not operational; and
wherein the water delivery pipe assembly is defined by a first end and a distal second end and the plurality of drive motors are distributed along the water delivery pipe assembly between the first and second ends thereof and the method further comprises locating a first drive motor proximate to the first end and locating a second motor proximate to the second end as one of the plurality of sets of two drive motors.

US Pat. No. 10,477,783

ENVIRONMENT CONTROLLED MULTI SPAN STRUCTURED GREEN HOUSES FOR COST EFFECTIVE FOOD PRODUCTION

1. An environmentally controlled greenhouse having a roof, the greenhouse comprising:a capture manifold for capturing a carbon dioxide rich greenhouse air during dark hours and an oxygen rich greenhouse air during sunlight hours;
a compressor for compressing the captured carbon dioxide rich and oxygen rich greenhouse air;
a first tank (T1) and a second tank (T2) for dehumidifying, or for maintaining relatively dry, the compressed carbon dioxide rich and oxygen rich greenhouse air;
a release manifold for releasing into the greenhouse at cultivation level, the dehumidified or relatively dry carbon dioxide rich greenhouse air during the sunlight hours, and the dehumidified or relatively dry oxygen greenhouse air during the dark hours;
a third tank (Ta) for storing and dehumidifying compressed atmospheric air for release into the greenhouse to maintain a balance between carbon dioxide and oxygen;an earth tube heat exchanger comprising a first compartment (Ec) for storing the dehumidified carbon dioxide rich greenhouse air, a second compartment (Eo) for storing the dehumidified oxygen rich greenhouse air, a third compartment (Ecd) for storing the relatively dry carbon dioxide rich greenhouse air, and a fourth compartment (Eod) for storing the relatively dry oxygen rich greenhouse air, wherein, in relatively cold weather geographical locations, the earth tube heat exchanger conditions relatively cooler greenhouse air to relatively warmer greenhouse air and, in relatively hot weather geographical locations, the earth tube heat exchanger conditions relatively warmer greenhouse air to relatively cooler greenhouse air,and wherein the earth tube heat exchanger maintains the greenhouse air temperature at a predetermined temperature set point which is equal to an average thermal constant temperature of the geographical location of the greenhouse; anda carbon dioxide sensor,wherein when the content of carbon dioxide in the greenhouse is higher than a predetermined carbon dioxide content set point due to carbon dioxide released by the plants during the dark hours or due to residual carbon dioxide available after carbon dioxide enrichment events during the sunlight hours, the greenhouse carbon dioxide sensor switches on the capture manifold, the compressor, the first tank (T1), the second tank (T2), the release manifold, the third tank (Ta), and the earth tube heat exchanger, and the capture manifold captures the carbon dioxide rich greenhouse air, the compressor compresses the captured carbon dioxide rich greenhouse air, the compressed carbon dioxide rich greenhouse air is dehumidified in the first and second tanks (T1) and (T2), the carbon dioxide rich dehumidified greenhouse air is stored into the first compartment (Ec) and the release manifold releases into the greenhouse, at a cultivation level, the oxygen rich dehumidified conditioned greenhouse air stored in the second compartment (Eo) for maintaining the greenhouse carbon dioxide content at the predetermined carbon dioxide content set point which is equal to the content of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and wherein the greenhouse reduces global warming by preventing the greenhouse carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere by capturing, compressing, dehumidifying, storing and utilizing the greenhouse carbon dioxide for enrichment during the sunlight hours for maximizing the yield of plants growing in the greenhouse and for maintaining the greenhouse carbon dioxide content at the predetermined carbon dioxide content set point that is equal to the atmospheric carbon dioxide content.

US Pat. No. 10,477,778

PLANT INFILTRATION TRAY

MEDICAGO INC., Quebec, Q...

1. A plant tray assembly for holding at least one plant pot containing at least one plant and associated media, the plant tray assembly comprising:a base retaining tray having an upper surface defining a plurality of cavities for receiving the at least one plant pot therein; and
a top plate mounted on said base retaining tray such that an inwardly-facing surface of the top plate faces the upper surface of the base retaining tray, the top plate being displaceable relative to the base retaining tray in a plane substantially parallel to said upper surface, the top plate having a plurality of apertures defined therein and which extend transversely therethrough;
the top plate and the base retaining tray being relatively displaceable between a loading and unloading position and a locked operative position of the plant tray assembly, the apertures of the top plate and the cavities of the base retaining tray being substantially aligned in said loading and unloading position such as to define open plant pot receiving channels, the apertures of the top plate and the cavities of the base retaining tray being at least partially misaligned in said locked operative position such that a retaining portion of the inwardly-facing surface of the top plate obstructs part of the corresponding cavity in the base retaining tray, the at least one plant pot being retained within the base retaining tray and a part of the at least one plant protruding through the apertures of the top plate in said locked operative position; and
the plant tray assembly being invertible to invert the at least one plant pot, the inverted at least one plant pot abutting the retaining portion of the inwardly-facing surface of the top plate and being retained within the plant pot receiving channels when the top plate and the base retaining tray are in the locked operative position.

US Pat. No. 10,477,776

SPRING-LOADED WREATH HANGER

1. An over-the-door apparatus attachable to a door structure, comprising:a base plate having a first receptacle and a second receptacle spaced from each other, said base plate engageable with an outside surface of the door structure;
a first elongate wing having a pivot post attached to an inner end of said wing, the pivot post of said wing insertable into said first receptacle, said first wing having a downturned end located at an outer end of said first wing, the downturned end engaging an inside surface of the door structure;
a second elongate wing having a pivot post attached to an inner end of said second wing, the pivot post of said second wing insertable into said second receptacle, said second wing having a downturned end located at an outer end of said second wing, the downturned end of said second wing also engaging the inside surface of the door structure; and
a single spring member having spaced apart torsion springs connected with a connecting wire, said spring member for biasing said first and second elongate wings with respect to said base plate, and wherein the downturned ends of said first and second elongate wings are biased against the inside surface of the door structure.

US Pat. No. 10,477,771

AGRICULTURAL HARVESTER HAVING A HEADER BASED HEAT EXCHANGER

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An agricultural harvester header for operative attachment to a combine, the header comprising:an agricultural harvester header hydraulic system having a header hydraulic fluid, and
a heat exchanger operatively connected to the agricultural harvester header hydraulic system and configured to transfer heat between the header hydraulic fluid and another hydraulic fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,477,770

DRAPER PLATFORM WITH RECONFIGURABLE CENTRAL ROLLER BAFFLE

1. A draper platform for mounting on a feeder house of an agricultural combine, the draper platform comprising:a frame;
a center belt conveyor to carry cut crop material rearwardly towards a center opening in the frame through which crop may be fed into a feeder house;
a left side belt conveyor to carry cut crop material to the center belt conveyor;
a right side belt conveyor to carry cut crop material to the center belt conveyor;
at least one elongate reciprocating knife assembly extending along a front edge of each of the center belt conveyor, the left side belt conveyor and the right side belt conveyor;
a conveyor drum above the center belt conveyor; and
a reconfigurable central roller baffle comprising:
a rotatable support rotatably supported above the conveyor drum; and
a crop driver removably mounted to the rotatable support.

US Pat. No. 10,477,768

EXTENDABLE DRAPER BELT

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An agricultural vehicle, comprising:a chassis;
a feeder housing carried by the chassis;
a header coupled to the feeder housing, said header including:
a flexible cutter bar; and
at least one endless belt positioned rearwardly of the flexible cutter bar and configured to travel in a direction of travel for transporting a crop material to the feeder housing, said at least one endless belt including:
a first belt having a first width transverse to said direction of travel; and
a second belt moveably attached to the first belt and having a second width transverse to said direction of travel and a front edge, said second belt including:
a plurality of elongated protrusions transverse to said direction of travel and configured for contacting the crop material; and
an engaging feature adjacent to the front edge and configured for moving the second belt in accordance with said flexible cutter bar,
wherein said second belt is slideable in a transverse direction to said direction of travel such that said second belt slides forwardly or rearwardly relative to said first belt and in accordance with a movement of said flexible cutter bar.

US Pat. No. 10,477,767

DRAPER PLATFORM WITH REMOVABLE CENTRAL ROLLER BAFFLE

1. A draper platform for mounting on a feeder house of an agricultural combine, the draper platform comprising:a frame;
a center belt conveyor to carry cut crop material rearwardly towards a center opening in the frame through which crop may be fed into a feeder house;
a left side belt conveyor to carry cut crop material to the center belt conveyor;
a right side belt conveyor to carry cut crop material to the center belt conveyor;
at least one elongate reciprocating knife assembly extending along a front edge of each of the center belt conveyor, the left side belt conveyor and the right side belt conveyor;
a left side top cross auger above the left side belt conveyor, the left side top cross auger having a right inner end;
a right side top cross auger above the right side belt conveyor, the right side top cross auger having a left inner end opposite to and spaced from the right inner end; and
a conveyor drum above the center belt conveyor and underlying a space sandwiched between the right inner end and the left inner end.

US Pat. No. 10,477,765

ROTATABLE COUPLER FOR A REEL ARM OF A REEL HEADER

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A reel arm for a header of an agricultural harvester comprising:a rotatable coupler having a central rotational axis, the rotatable coupler having a control shaft extending therethrough parallel to the central rotational axis;
a first linkage assembly that includes:
a first end connected to the control shaft about a first lateral side of the rotatable coupler, and
a second end opposite the first end for connecting to a reel tine bar of a first reel assembly of the header; and
a second linkage assembly that includes:
a first end connected to the control shaft about a second lateral side of the rotatable coupler, and
a second end opposite the first end for connecting to a reel tine bar of a second reel assembly of the header.

US Pat. No. 10,477,763

DUAL CUT HEADER ASSEMBLY

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A dual cut header assembly comprising;a header;
a chopper suspended from the header;
an actuator system consisting of one or more hydraulic cylinders having a first end connected to the chopper and a second end connected to the header for adapting a distance between the chopper and the header such that the actuator system solely connects the chopper to the header;
at least one sensor for measuring a state of the chopper in the form of a pressure exerted by the chopper on a ground surface, the at least one sensor is a pressure sensor for measuring the pressure exerted by the chopper on the ground surface; and
an actuator steering module connected to the actuator system, the actuator steering module comprises a hydraulic accumulator,
wherein the header is provided to be lifted by an agricultural vehicle to cut crop material from a field at a first height, and the first height is selectable by an operator of the agricultural vehicle,
wherein the chopper is provided to cut the crop material at a second height lower than the first height, and
wherein the actuator steering module is configured to automatically adapt the distance based on the measured state of the chopper for automatically keeping the chopper at its second height.

US Pat. No. 10,477,761

ADJUSTABLE WEEDEATER HANDLE

1. An adjustable weedeater handle comprising:a distal handle section, a proximal handle section, and a mount;
wherein the adjustable weedeater handle is a grasping point for a weedeater;
wherein the distal handle section and the proximal handle section are hingedly adjustable relative to each other to provide a plurality of comfort adjustments;
wherein the distal handle section comprises a first distal side bar, a second distal side bar, a distal outer grip bar, a distal inner grip bar, a first distal hinge arm, a second distal hinge arm, and a plurality of distal corners;
wherein the distal handle section is a rectangular frame handle for grasping and holding the weedeater.

US Pat. No. 10,477,759

GRASS MOWER

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A grass mower comprising:a drive wheel unit;
a variable speed drive mechanism for driving the drive wheel unit;
a mower unit having a cutter blade;
a cutter blade drive mechanism for rotatably driving the mower unit;
a man-operable vehicle speed controlling tool which is operated in a range from a zero vehicle speed position to a maximal vehicle speed position;
an operation detection section for detecting an operational position of the man-operable vehicle speed controlling tool;
a vehicle speed instruction value calculation section for generating a vehicle speed instruction value including a maximal vehicle speed, based on the operational position of the man-operable vehicle speed controlling tool detected by the operation detection section;
a mode selection section for selecting a control mode from a plurality of control modes;
a control table in which a plurality of control parameters are set, the control parameters being provided for the respective control modes, each of the control parameters including a rotational speed value of the cutter blade and a maximal vehicle speed value corresponding to the rotational speed value;
a vehicle speed control target value calculation section configured to calculate a vehicle speed control target value, based on a vehicle speed instruction value generated by the vehicle speed instruction value calculation section and a selected control parameter corresponding to the control mode selected by the mode selection section;
a traveling control section configured to control the variable speed drive mechanism based on the vehicle speed control target value;
a cutter blade control target value calculation section configured to calculate a rotational speed control target value for the cutter blade, based on the selected control parameter; and
a cutter blade control section configured to control the cutter blade drive mechanism based on the rotational speed control target value.

US Pat. No. 10,477,758

MULTIPLE SEED-TYPE SEED METER

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A planter for planting multiple types of seed in a single planting pass during row-crop planting of an agricultural field, comprising:a frame;
a bulk storage system supported by the frame and configured for storing multiple types of seeds;
multiple row units supported by the frame, each of the multiple row units including,
an on-row storage system with multiple compartments configured to receive respective ones of the multiple types of seed from the bulk storage system; and
a seed meter for planting the multiple types of seed and including a housing having multiple portions defining multiple seed chambers respectively receiving seeds of multiple types from the multiple compartments of the on-row storage system and multiple seed disk assemblies for selectively delivering individual seeds of the multiple seed types from the multiple seed chambers of the seed meter out of the housing for release onto an agricultural field during row-crop planting of the agricultural field.

US Pat. No. 10,477,757

DUAL-DISK SEED METER FOR MULTI-VARIETY SEED PLANTING

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. dual-disk seed meter for a planter, the dual-disk seed meter comprising:a housing defining a first seed chamber configured to receive a plurality of first seeds of a first seed type and a second seed chamber configured to receive a plurality of second seeds of a second seed type;
a first seed disk rotatable within the housing to convey the first seeds from the first seed chamber;
a second seed disk rotatable within the housing to convey the second seeds from the second seed chamber;
a drive assembly configured to simultaneously rotate the first and second seed disks relative to the housing; and
a seed deflector positioned within the housing and movable relative to at least one the first seed disk or the second seed disk to control which of the first and second seed types is discharged from the housing based on a selected seed type to be delivered by the seed meter.

US Pat. No. 10,477,756

CORRECTING AGRONOMIC DATA FROM MULTIPLE PASSES THROUGH A FARMABLE REGION

10. A computer-implemented method for correcting agronomic data associated with a farmable region, the method comprising:for each sub-region in a plurality of sub-regions of the farmable region, obtaining respective agronomic data indicating an area of the sub-region and a value for the sub-region, wherein the value for the sub-region comprises (1) an aggregate value of an agronomic parameter for the sub-region derived from data collected by one or more sensors during a pass through the sub-region and/or (2) a ratio of the aggregate value to the area of the sub-region;
identifying a part of a first sub-region that overlaps with a part of a second sub-region, wherein the first and second sub-regions are included in the plurality of sub-regions;
determining whether the second sub-region is associated with a first-in-time pass by the one or more sensors through the overlapping parts of the first and second sub-regions or a second-in-time pass by the sensors through the overlapping parts; and
in a case in which the second sub-region is associated with the second-in-time pass, determining a corrected value for the second sub-region based, at least in part, on the value for the first sub-region, the value for the second sub-region, the area of the first sub-region, the area of the second sub-region, and/or an area of the overlapping parts of the first and second sub-regions.

US Pat. No. 10,477,753

APPARATUSES, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING DOWN FORCE FOR AN AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT

Kinze Manufacturing, Inc....

1. An agricultural implement, comprising:a toolbar; and
a row unit comprising a frame and a strut, the strut connected to the toolbar and several fluid components, the fluid components comprising at least a furrow opener;
substantially rigid components connected to the toolbar, the rigid components comprising at least a seed meter for planting seed, a seed tube for passing seed from the seed meter, and a closing wheel;
the strut having a housing generally fixed in position and connected to the seed meter, and a rod movable relative to the housing, the rod connected to the furrow opener;
wherein the strut provides a down force for the fluid components.

US Pat. No. 10,477,752

ROW UNIT FOR AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT

Dawn Equipment Company, ...

1. A downforce control system for a planter row unit, comprising:a downforce actuator associated with the planter row unit to urge the row unit downwardly with a controllable force that can be adjusted,
said planter row unit producing a gauge wheel downforce during planting operations,
said downforce actuator disposed to change said gauge wheel downforce when actuated;
a control module for defining a desired gauge wheel downforce;
a valve in fluid communication with said downforce actuator for adjusting the fluid pressure supplied to said actuator, said valve associated with the planter row unit; and
a controller for adjusting the gauge wheel downforce produced by said downforce actuator.
US Pat. No. 10,477,801

PLANTS AND SEEDS OF CORN VARIETY CV375294

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

1. A plant of corn variety CV375294, wherein representative seeds of corn variety CV375294 have been deposited under ATCC Accession No. PTA-125215.
US Pat. No. 10,478,829

COLLECTOR COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF USING SAME IN MINERAL FLOTATION PROCESSES

Cytec Industries Inc., P...

1. A mineral flotation collector composition “C” comprisinga water-soluble organic solvent “L” selected from the group consisting of alkylene glycols, benzyl alcohol, polyhydric aliphatic alcohols having two or more hydroxyl groups per molecule, aliphatic sulfoxides, aliphatic sulfones, glycol ethers, aliphatic and aromatic amines, aliphatic and cycloaliphatic amides, cycloaliphatic esters, aliphatic hydroxyesters; and mixtures thereof; and
at least one of a hydroxamic acid “A”, or a salt “S” of a hydroxamic acid A, dissolved in the solvent L,wherein a solvent is considered water-soluble if it forms single-phase mixtures with water for compositions ranging from a mass fraction of solvent L in the mixture with water of from 0.04 up to 1 in a temperature range of from 15° C. to 80° C.