US Pat. No. 10,193,546

PUMP SWITCHING DEVICE

S.J. Electro Systems, Inc...

1. A pump switching device comprising:a relay to selectively couple current to a pump motor;
a switch coupled in parallel with the relay;
a magnet to generate a magnetic field;
a Hall effect sensor configured to generate a signal upon the detection of the magnetic field;
a float configured and arranged to float on a fluid, the float operationally coupled to the magnet;
a latch configured to selectively hold the magnet in detection range of the Hall effect sensor until a fluid level is a select distance from the Hall effect sensor, in which the latch is a metallic member attracted to the magnetic field of the magnet; and
a controller in communication with the sensor, the controller further coupled to control the relay and the switch, the controller configured to activate the switch a select amount of time before the controller activates the relay upon initial detection of the signal from the sensor, the controller further configured to deactivate the switch a select amount of time after the relay is activated while the signal is being detected.

US Pat. No. 10,193,478

MOTOR DRIVING DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD OF THE SAME

Rohm Co., Ltd., Kyoto (J...

1. A motor driving device, comprising:an electric current detecting portion for detecting electric current flowing into a motor coil; and
an auto-decay portion for performing a power supply mode to increase the electric current flowing into the motor coil before a current value detected by the electric current detecting portion reaches a reference current value, and performing a decay control to the electric current flowing into the motor coil by using a previous cycle and a present cycle after a current value detected by the electric current detecting portion reaches the reference current value,
wherein the auto-decay portion is configured to control so that a decay time of the previous cycle is different from a decay time of the present cycle,
wherein a first mode and a second mode are set by a mode selection signal, wherein the first mode selects a specified combined ratio of a slow decay mode and a fast decay mode and sets a processing time of the slow decay mode and the fast decay mode as a specified value, and the second mode has at least one of a combined ratio and a processing time of the fast decay being larger than that of the first mode.

US Pat. No. 10,193,464

DC-DC CONVERTER

Schmidhauser AG, Romansh...

1. A DC-DC converter, comprising:an output terminal, wherein the output terminal comprises a first output terminal pin and a second output terminal pin;
a number of rectifier elements;
a voltage limiting unit comprising an electrical energy store, wherein the voltage limiting unit is designed to limit voltages across the rectifier elements;
a clocked energy regulator unit which is designed to regulate at a setpoint value energy which is stored in the electrical energy store;
a transformer comprising at least one secondary winding, the at least one secondary winding including a first secondary winding and a second secondary winding and the rectifier elements being designed to rectify voltages across the first secondary winding and the second secondary winding; and
an inductive component,
wherein
the rectifier elements are diodes or transistors,
a first terminal of the first secondary winding and a first terminal of the second secondary winding are electrically connected to the second output terminal pin,
the first rectifier element and the inductive component are looped in between a second terminal of the first secondary winding and the first output terminal pin,
the second rectifier element is looped in between a second terminal of the second secondary winding and a connecting node of the first rectifier element and of the inductive component,
the voltage limiting unit comprises a first diode and a second diode,
the electrical energy store is a capacitor,
the anode of the first diode and the anode of the second diode are electrically connected to a first terminal of the capacitor,
the cathode of the first diode is electrically connected to the second terminal of the first secondary winding,
the cathode of the second diode is electrically connected to the second terminal of the second secondary winding, and
a second terminal of the capacitor is electrically connected to a connecting node of the first rectifier element, of the second rectifier element and of the inductive component,
the energy regulator unit comprises a DC chopper which is designed to transmit energy which is stored in the electrical energy store in the direction of the output terminal, a decoupling diode and a charge transfer capacitor,
the cathode of the decoupling diode is electrically connected to the anode of the first diode and to the anode of the second diode,
a first terminal of the charge transfer capacitor is electrically connected to the anode of the decoupling diode,
a second terminal of the charge transfer capacitor is electrically connected to the second output terminal pin,
a first input terminal pin of the DC chopper is electrically connected to the anode of the decoupling diode, and
a second input terminal pin of the DC chopper is electrically connected to the first terminal of the first secondary winding, to the first terminal of the second secondary winding and to the second output terminal pin.

US Pat. No. 10,193,451

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REGULATING POWER CONVERSION SYSTEMS WITH OUTPUT DETECTION AND SYNCHRONIZED RECTIFYING MECHANISMS

On-Bright Electronics (Sh...

22. A system for regulating a power converter, the system comprising:a first system controller configured to:
generate a first drive signal based at least in part on an input signal to turn on or off a transistor to affect a first current associated with the secondary winding of the power converter; and
a second system controller configured to:
generate a second drive signal based at least in part on a feedback signal; and
output the second drive signal to a switch to affect a second current flowing through a primary winding of the power converter;
wherein:
the first system controller is further configured to, in response to the input signal indicating that an output voltage changes from a first value larger than a first threshold to a second value smaller than the first threshold, generate one or more pulses of the first drive signal to turn on and off the transistor; and
the second system controller is further configured to:
process the feedback signal to detect the one or more pulses of the first drive signal; and
in response to the one or more pulses of the first drive signal being detected, increase a switching frequency associated with the second drive signal;
wherein the second system controller includes:
a detector configured to receive the feedback signal, detect the one or more pulses of the first drive signal based at least in part on the feedback signal, and output a detection signal based at least in part on the detected one or more pulses;
a signal generator configured to receive the detection signal and output a modulation signal based at least in part on the detection signal; and
a driver configured to receive the modulation signal and output the second drive signal to the switch.

US Pat. No. 10,193,446

MULTI-MODULE DC-TO-DC POWER TRANSFORMATION SYSTEM

Lionel O. Barthold, Quee...

1. A multi-module dc-to-dc power transformation system that is constructed and arranged to transform power from a first dc voltage node to a separate second dc voltage node, comprising:(a) a column comprising a plurality of half-bridge modules connected in series, each half-bridge module comprising a capacitance that is configured to be either electrically inserted into the column or electrically isolated from the column using switches within the column, wherein a first end of the column is electrically connected to ground;
(b) two high voltage switches, each in series with a reactor; a first of the two high-voltage switches adapted to electrically connect a second end of the column to the first dc voltage node and a second of the two high-voltage switches adapted to electrically connect the second end of the column to the second dc voltage node; and
(c) a controller adapted to control the states of the switches within the column and the states of the two high voltage switches so as to transform power by resonant exchange of energy between capacitances of the half-bridge modules of the column through the reactors and the first and second dc voltage nodes;
wherein a half-cycle of resonant and sinusoidally varying current, initiated by a connection of the capacitances of a plurality of half-bridge modules of the column to the first and second dc voltage nodes and interrupted at a first current-zero point, is used by the controller to achieve exchange of energy between the capacitances of a plurality of half-bridge modules and the first and second dc voltage nodes.

US Pat. No. 10,193,443

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENHANCING DYNAMIC RESPONSE OF POWER CONVERSION SYSTEMS

On-Bright Electronics (Sh...

1. A system controller for regulating a power conversion system, the system controller comprising:a first amplifier configured to receive a reference signal and a feedback signal associated with an output signal of the power conversion system, the first amplifier including an amplifier terminal;
a variable-resistance component associated with a first variable resistance value, the variable-resistance component including a first component terminal and a second component terminal, the first component terminal being coupled with the amplifier terminal;
a first capacitor including a first capacitor terminal and a second capacitor terminal, the first capacitor terminal being coupled with the second component terminal; and
a modulation and drive component including a first terminal and a second terminal, the first terminal being coupled with the amplifier terminal, the modulation and drive component being configured to output a drive signal at the second terminal to a switch in order to affect the output signal of the power conversion system;
wherein the system controller is configured to:
set the first variable resistance value to a first resistance magnitude in order to operate in an on-off mode; and
set the first variable resistance value to a second resistance magnitude in order to operate in an error amplifier mode;
wherein:
the first resistance magnitude is larger than the second resistance magnitude; and
the on-off mode is different from the error amplifier mode.

US Pat. No. 10,193,442

CHIP EMBEDDED POWER CONVERTERS

Faraday Semi, LLC, Lagun...

1. A power supply system comprising:a plurality of power converters, wherein each of the plurality of power converters includes:
a printed circuit board (PCB) comprising:
a lower printed circuit board (PCB) part having a bottom side and a top side; and
an upper printed circuit board (PCB) part having a bottom side and a top side;
embedded circuitry that is between the top side of the lower PCB part and the bottom side of the upper PCB part, the embedded circuitry comprising:
a driver configured to generate one or more driver signals; and
one or more switches configured to be driven by the one or more driver signals;
one or more vias extending through the upper PCB part; and
an inductor positioned over the top side of the upper PCB part, wherein the one or more vias are electrically coupled to the inductor and to the embedded circuitry, and a footprint of the inductor at least partially overlaps a footprint of the embedded circuitry; and
a shared pulse width modulator (PWM) controller configured to generate a plurality of PWM signals, wherein the PWM controller is coupled to the drivers of the plurality of power converters to deliver the plurality of PWM signals to the corresponding drivers of the power converters, and wherein the drivers are configured to generate the one or more driver signals based at least in part on the PWM signals.

US Pat. No. 10,193,396

CLUSTER MANAGEMENT OF TRANSMITTERS IN A WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

Energous Corporation, Sa...

1. A method of assigning wireless power transmitters to wireless power receivers, comprising:at a first power transmitter designated to assign other power transmitters to wirelessly transmit power to one or more power receivers, the other power transmitters are in wireless communication with the first power transmitter:
periodically receiving, from each of the other power transmitters, signals including information identifying respective power transfer attributes associated with transmissions of wireless power from each of the other power transmitters to one or more wireless power receivers;
generating, based on the power transfer attributes, an assignment list that assigns each of the other power transmitters to wirelessly transmit power to one or more of the wireless power receivers;
periodically updating the assignment list based on the periodically received signals; and
sending, to each of the other power transmitters, instructions to begin transmitting wireless power waves to respective assigned wireless power receivers in accordance with the updated assignment list.

US Pat. No. 10,193,345

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING THE POWER OUTPUT OF A PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL

Solarlytics, Inc., Liver...

1. A method of managing a photovoltaic device, comprising:enabling a first port of a switch to be coupled to the photovoltaic device;
enabling a second port of the switch to be coupled to a load driven by the photovoltaic device;
enabling a third port of the switch to be coupled to a voltage source, wherein the switch can operate in a first position for providing a first current path, between the photovoltaic device and the voltage source and a second position for providing a second current path between the photovoltaic device and the load; and
applying a voltage signal generated by the voltage source to the photovoltaic device, the voltage signal having a first state including a series of voltage pulses with a positive magnitude for generating an external electric field across the photovoltaic device when the switch is in the first position and a second state to provide electrical isolation between the voltage source and the load when the switch is in the second position; and
controlling a frequency, a magnitude, or a duration of the first state and the second state via a control circuit coupled to the voltage source and the switch based on an output current of the photovoltaic device measured by a current sensor coupled in series between the photovoltaic device and the load or an output voltage of the photovoltaic device measured by a voltage probe coupled across the photovoltaic device.

US Pat. No. 10,193,328

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROTECTING TRANSFORMERS FROM INTERNAL FIRE

EASUN-MR TAP CHANGERS (P)...

1. A system for preventing a transformer from catching an internally generated fire, the system comprising:a first set of sensors configured to sense the generation of an arc in the transformer;
a timer configured to be triggered ON when the first set of sensors senses the generation of the arc, wherein the timer is triggered for a time period TM;
a first breaker to isolate an incoming power supply to the transformer;
a set of relays to sense the faulty condition in the transformer;
a controller configured to initiate a predefined instructions, if the faulty condition still persists after the time period TM;
a vacuum bottle in direct contact with the transformer chamber; and
a diaphragm present between the transformer and the vacuum bottle, wherein the diaphragm is configured to be broken by a pressure generated by the transformer, thereby allowing the vacuum bottle to suck the oil from the transformer chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,193,256

POWER SUPPLY BOARD BRIDGE CONNECTOR AND CONNECTING STRUCTURE USING THE SAME

XIAMEN GHGM INDUSTRIAL TR...

1. A power supply board bridge connector, comprising an insulating base, an insulating cover, and at least one metallic elastic plate, the insulating cover being configured to cover the insulating base, at least one receiving groove is defined between the insulating base and the insulating cover, a bottom of the insulating base being formed with through holes communicating with the receiving groove, at least two left and right pins being provided beneath the insulating base, the pins being mated with insertion holes of two left and right power supply boards so that the insulating base bridges over the two power supply boards, the metallic elastic plate being placed in the receiving groove, the metallic elastic plate having two left and right elastic contacts, the two left and right elastic contacts pass through the through holes at the bottom of the receiving groove to be electrically connected to the left and right power supply boards respectively so as to achieve a bridging electrical connection between the two power supply boards,wherein opposing sides of the insulating base are provided with side slots corresponding in position to the pins, lower ends of the side slots extend to the pins respectively, each of the side slots is provided with a metallic buckle, the metallic buckle has a mounting plate abutting against a wall of the corresponding side slot, a bottom of the mounting plate of the metallic buckle is bent upward to form an elastic plate, the elastic plate is formed with a buckle protrusion to mate with respective edges of the insertion holes for installing and fixing the insulating base and the power supply boards, an upper end of the elastic plate is formed with a press portion above the power supply boards, when the press portion is pressed towards the mounting plate in the corresponding side slot, the buckle protrusion is disengaged from the edges of the insertion holes to disconnect the insulating base from the power supply boards.

US Pat. No. 10,193,239

SINGLE BAND DUAL CONCURRENT NETWORK DEVICE

Aerohive Networks, Inc., ...

1. A network device comprising:a first single band dual concurrent radio module configured to transmit and receive first radio signals in a first frequency band;
a first antenna array comprised of a first plurality of polarized antennas and configured to transmit and receive the first radio signals for the first radio module in the first frequency band;
a second single band dual concurrent radio module configured to transmit and receive second radio signals in the first frequency band concurrently with the first single band dual concurrent radio module;
a second antenna array comprised of a second plurality of polarized antennas and configured to transmit and receive the second radio signals for the second radio module in the first frequency band;
an antenna plate, wherein the first plurality of polarized antennas and the second plurality of polarized antennas are mounted to the antenna plate at positions at least 5 mm away from edges of the antenna plate;
wherein, in operation, the first single band dual concurrent radio module and the second single band dual concurrent radio module function concurrently using the first frequency band while at least 40 dB of antenna isolation is maintained between the first antenna array and the second antenna array.

US Pat. No. 10,193,234

METHOD FOR UPGRADING A SATELLITE ANTENNA ASSEMBLY AND AN ASSOCIATED UPGRADABLE SATELLITE ANTENNA ASSEMBLY

SPEEDCAST INTERNATIONAL L...

1. A method for upgrading a dual-band antenna assembly to a tri-band antenna assembly, the dual-band antenna assembly comprising a main reflector, and first and second antenna feeds arranged in a coaxial relationship with each other and directed toward the main reflector, with the first and second antenna feeds for first and second frequency bands, respectively, the method comprising:positioning a third antenna feed through a medial opening in a center of the main reflector, with the third antenna feed directed towards the first and second antenna feeds arranged in a coaxial relationship with each other and directed toward the main reflector, and with the third antenna feed for a third frequency band; and
positioning a subreflector between the main reflector and the first and second antenna feeds, the subreflector comprising a frequency selective surface (FSS) material that is reflective for the third frequency band and transmissive for both the first and second frequency bands.

US Pat. No. 10,193,225

BEAM FORMING NETWORK FOR FEEDING SHORT WALL SLOTTED WAVEGUIDE ARRAYS

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. A radar system comprising:a set of radiating waveguides located in a waveguide layer, each having a radiating waveguide input, wherein each radiating waveguide has a height and a width that are equal to that of each other radiating waveguide, wherein the set of radiating waveguides are aligned on a plane defined by a center of the width of at least one of the set of radiating waveguides and a length of the at least one of the set of radiating waveguides, and wherein each radiating waveguide is coupled to at least one radiating element located in a radiating layer; and
a beamforming network located in the waveguide layer, wherein the beamforming network comprises:
a beamforming network input;
a set of beamforming network outputs, wherein each beamforming network output is coupled to one of the radiating waveguide input; and
a cascaded set of dividers configured to split electromagnetic energy from the beamforming network input:
a first level of the cascaded set of dividers configured to split the electromagnetic energy from the beamforming network input into first-level beamforming waveguides;
a second level of the cascaded set of dividers configured to split the electromagnetic energy from each of first-level beamforming waveguides into respective second-level beamforming waveguides for each respective first-level beamforming waveguide, wherein one of the respective second-level beamforming waveguides for each respective first-level beamforming waveguide is coupled to one of the beamforming network outputs; and
a third level of the cascaded set of dividers configured to split the electromagnetic energy from one of the respective second-level beamforming waveguides for each respective first-level beamforming waveguide into respective third-level beamforming waveguides for each respective second-level beamforming waveguides, wherein each third-level beamforming waveguide is coupled to a respective one of the beamforming network outputs.

US Pat. No. 10,193,158

ELECTROLYTIC COPPER FOIL FOR LITHIUM SECONDARY BATTERY AND LITHIUM SECONDARY BATTERY COMPRISING THE SAME

KCF TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD...

1. An electrolytic copper foil for a lithium secondary battery, which is applied as a negative electrode current collector of a lithium secondary battery,wherein the electrolytic copper foil for a lithium secondary battery has yield strength of 30 kgf/mm2 to 60 kgf/mm2, a surface area ratio of 1 to 3, and a weight deviation of 3% or below.

US Pat. No. 10,193,136

NONAQUEOUS ELECTROLYTE SECONDARY BATTERY

AUTOMOTIVE ENERGY SUPPLY ...

1. A nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery comprising:an electrode body;
an electrolyte solution; and
a laminate film package container housing the electrode body and the electrolyte solution, wherein
the laminate film package comprises a metal layer, a heat-seal layer, and a protective layer;
the electrode body includes a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and a separator disposed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode,
the positive electrode includes a positive electrode current collector, and a positive electrode active material layer formed on the positive electrode current collector,
the negative electrode includes a negative electrode current collector, and a negative electrode active material layer formed on the negative electrode current collector,
the positive electrode active material layer includes secondary particles of a lithium nickel cobalt manganese composite oxide,
the secondary particle includes a group of primary particles of a lithium nickel cobalt manganese composite oxide with a layered crystal structure,
the primary particle has an average cross-sectional area of 0.80 ?m2 or greater and 1.20 ?m2 or less,
the layered crystal structure has a lattice constant “c” of 14.240 ? or less, and
the lithium nickel cobalt manganese composite oxide is represented by the following Formula (1):
Li1-xNiaCobMncO2   (1)
wherein “x” satisfies 0?x?1, “a” satisfies 0.4?a?0.8, “b” satisfies 0.1?b?0.4, and “c” satisfies 0.1?c?0.5.

US Pat. No. 10,193,133

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OF METAL OXIDE NANOPARTICLES AND METAL OXIDE NANOPARTICLES THEREBY

KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE ...

1. A method for preparing metal oxide nanoparticles, the method comprising:dipping a cathode and an anode, each of the cathode and the anode being a different metal, in an inorganic electrolyte solution containing a halogen salt (step 1); and
applying a DC voltage between the anode and the cathode so as to oxidize the metal of the anode, to form, on the anode, a metal oxide forming an anode surface (step 2), whereby the metal oxide formed is an oxide of the metal of the anode,
wherein the anode is formed of at least one selected from the group consisting of indium, tin, zinc, zirconium, aluminum, titanium, nickel, iron and copper, and
wherein the cathode is formed of platinum.

US Pat. No. 10,193,109

PRISMATIC ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL

Bosch Battery Systems LLC...

1. An electrochemical cell comprising:a rigid cell housing having the shape of a rectangular prism, the cell housing including
an elongated rectangular first end,
an elongated rectangular second end, and
a sidewall that connects the first end to the second end, the sidewall having the form of a tube that has a rectangular cross-sectional shape, the sidewall including a pair of major sides joined by a pair of minor sides, where each side of the pair of major sides is larger in area than each side of the pair of minor sides;
an electrode assembly disposed in the cell housing, the electrode assembly comprising positive electrode plates alternating with negative electrode plates and separated by at least one separator to form an electrode stack;
a terminal that protrudes through the cell housing, the terminal being electrically connected to the positive plates or the negative plates via a weld free, electrically conductive snap-fit connection, and
a connector disposed in the cell housing between the electrode assembly and the first end, the connector comprising an electrically conductive strip of material that is folded over on itself so as to provide a U shaped configuration that includes a first leg portion that faces a second leg portion,whereinthe electrode assembly defines a stack axis that extends parallel to a stacking direction of the positive electrode plates, the negative electrode plates and the at least one separator,
the stack axis extends in a direction that is normal to, and passes through, the first minor side and the second minor side,
the terminal is disposed on an outer surface of the cell housing first end,
the first leg portion is electrically connected to the terminal and the second leg portion is electrically connected to one of the positive electrode plates and the negative electrode plates, and
the connector is folded over on itself along a first connector fold line and along a second connector fold line so as to provide an S shaped configuration that includes the first leg portion that faces one side of the second leg portion and a third leg portion that faces an opposed side of the second leg portion, wherein the second leg portion is electrically connected to one of the positive electrode plates and the negative electrode plates via the third leg portion.

US Pat. No. 10,193,046

THERMOELECTRIC GENERATING DEVICE AND THERMOELECTRIC GENERATING METHOD

Kelk Ltd., Hiratsuka-shi...

1. A thermoelectric generating device comprising:a thermoelectric generating element configured to convert thermal energy to electric energy and to output the electric energy;
a temperature measuring unit configured to measure hot side temperature of the thermoelectric generating element;
a temperature controller configured to perform control to increase an amount of current returning to the thermoelectric generating element when the hot side temperature becomes higher than predetermined temperature; and
an opening/closing switch connected to each end of the thermoelectric generating element, wherein the opening/closing switch is configured to open/close between the ends of the thermoelectric generating element,
wherein the temperature controller controls the opening/closing switch to close the opening/closing switch when the hot side temperature becomes higher than the predetermined temperature to allow current to return to the thermoelectric generating element.

US Pat. No. 10,193,036

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A light emitting device comprising:a semiconductor light emitting element;
a resin rich layer extending around outer lateral surfaces of the semiconductor light emitting element;
a wavelength conversion member located above a light extraction face of the semiconductor light emitting element, the wavelength conversion member comprising a wavelength conversion substance adapted to convert light emitted by said semiconductor light emitting element into light having a different wavelength;
a first light reflective layer extending around at least a portion of outer lateral surfaces of the resin rich layer; and
a second light reflective layer extending around at least a portion of outer lateral surfaces of the first light reflective layer,
wherein each of the first and second light reflective layers comprises a light-transmissive resin containing a light reflective substance.

US Pat. No. 10,193,034

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, ILLUMINATING DEVICE, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a semiconductor chip comprising an active region provided to generate radiation;
a radiation exit face extending parallel to a main plane of extension of the active region;
a molding directly adjoining at least one side face of the semiconductor chip and at least one back of the semiconductor chip remote from the radiation exit face;
and
a spacer projecting beyond the radiation exit face in a vertical direction extending perpendicular to the radiation exit face,
wherein the spacer and the active region are arranged side by side and without overlap when viewed in a plan view onto the radiation exit face.

US Pat. No. 10,193,024

OPTOELECTRONIC SEMICONDUCTOR CHIP AND METHOD OF PRODUCING AN OPTOELECTRONIC SEMICONDUCTOR CHIP

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors...

1. An optoelectronic semiconductor chip comprising a carrier and a semiconductor body having a semiconductor layer sequence arranged on the carrier, and a front side of the chip and a rear side of the chip, whereinthe semiconductor layer sequence comprises an active region arranged between a first semiconductor layer and a second semiconductor layer and generates or receives electromagnetic radiation,
the first semiconductor layer electrically conductively connects to a first contact,
the first contact is formed on the front side of the chip next to the active region,
the second semiconductor layer electrically conductively connects to a second contact,
the second contact is arranged on the front side of the chip next to the active region, and
an electrically insulating separating layer that electrically insulates the rear side of the chip from the active region of the semiconductor chip, and the electrically insulating separating layer is formed of a first separating layer, a second separating layer and a third separating layer,
wherein the first separating layer, the second separating layer and the third separating layer are distinct layers, and
the first separating layer is formed by atomic layer deposition or molecular layer deposition.

US Pat. No. 10,193,011

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A 3 COLOR LED INTEGRATED SI CMOS DRIVER WAFER USING DIE TO WAFER BONDING APPROACH

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A method comprising:providing a plurality of first color die over a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) wafer, each first color die being laterally separated with a first oxide and electrically connected to the CMOS wafer;
providing a second color die above each first color die, each second color die being separated from each other with a second oxide, bonded to a first color die, and electrically connected to the CMOS wafer through the bonded first color die;
removing a portion of each second color die to expose a portion of each bonded first color die;
forming a conformal transparent conductive oxide (TCO) layer over each first and second color die and on a side surface of each second color die and oxide;
forming a plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) oxide layer over the CMOS wafer; and
planarizing the PECVD oxide layer.

US Pat. No. 10,193,002

MOS VARACTORS AND METHODS FOR FABRICATING MOS VARACTORS

GLOBALFOUNDRIES SINGAPORE...

1. A metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) varactor comprising:a first active area doped well that is disposed within a semiconductor substrate and a second active area doped well that is disposed within the semiconductor substrate, the first and second active area doped wells being spaced apart from one another with respect to a surface of the semiconductor substrate;
an extended gate structure comprising a first end portion that extends over the first active area doped well, a second end portion that extends over the second active area doped well, and an intermediate portion that extends over the semiconductor substrate between the first and second active area doped wells, outside of both of the first and second active area doped wells, wherein the extended gate structure terminates proximally at a proximal end of the extended gate structure that is within the second active area doped well, wherein the extended gate structure terminates distally at a distal end of the extended gate structure that is within the first active area doped well, and wherein the extended gate structure comprises lateral sides that extend between the proximal and distal ends;
a plurality of active area contact structures formed in physical and electrical connection with the each of the first and second active area doped wells, wherein at least a first and a second contract structure of the plurality of active area contact structures are formed adjacent to opposite lateral sides of the extended gate structure at the first end portion, and at least a third contact structure of the plurality of active area contact structures is formed distally adjacent to the distal end of the extended gate structure at the first end portion; and
a gate contact structure that is formed in physical and electrical contact with the extended gate structure in the intermediate portion of the extended gate structure such that the gate contact structure overlies the semiconductor substrate between the first and second active area doped wells and outside of both of the first and second active area doped wells.

US Pat. No. 10,192,970

SIMULTANEOUS OHMIC CONTACT TO SILICON CARBIDE

The United States of Amer...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a silicon carbide semiconductor comprising an n-type surface and a p-type surface; and
a mixture of platinum and titanium configured to simultaneously form an ohmic contact to both the n-type surface and the p-type surface, wherein the mixture does not include aluminum and has at least 30 atomic % platinum.

US Pat. No. 10,192,953

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SILICON CARBIDE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SILICON CARBIDE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A silicon carbide semiconductor device comprising:a silicon carbide substrate having a first main surface and a second main surface located on a side opposite to said first main surface;
an epitaxial layer formed on said first main surface, said epitaxial layer having a first conductivity type and having a third main surface located on a side opposite to a side on which said silicon carbide substrate is located;
a trench which is formed in said epitaxial layer and includes side walls intersecting with said third main surface and a bottom portion connected to said side walls; and
an embedded region, which is formed in said trench and has a second conductivity type different from said first conductivity type, said trench being filled with said embedded region;
an opening of said trench being wider than said bottom portion, and said epitaxial layer adjacent to said embedded region and said embedded region constituting a superjunction structure, said silicon carbide semiconductor device further comprising:
an impurity region formed on said embedded region and having said second conductivity type;
a first electrode provided on said impurity region; and
a second electrode in contact with said second main surface.

US Pat. No. 10,192,928

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

TOSHIBA MEMORY CORPORATIO...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:a stacked body including a first conductive film and a second conductive film stacked in a first direction via an inter-layer insulating film, the first conductive film being longer than the second conductive film in a second direction, the second direction intersecting the first direction;
a first conductive body and a second conductive body, each of the conductive bodies facing the stacked body to extend in the first direction, the first conductive body contacting the first conductive film, and the second conductive body contacting the second conductive film;
a first insulating film disposed in the same layer as the first conductive film and disposed between the first conductive body and the first conductive film;
a second insulating film disposed in the same layer as the second conductive film and disposed between the second conductive body and the second conductive film,
the first conductive body including a first projecting part that projects along upper surfaces of the first insulating film and the first conductive film, and a lower surface of the first projecting part contacting the upper surface of the first conductive film;
the second conductive body including a second projecting part that projects along upper surfaces of the second insulating film and the second conductive film, and a lower surface of the second projecting part contacting the upper surface of the second conductive film;
a third insulating film configured from a material different from that of the first insulating film and the second insulating film, disposed on the first conductive film and disposed in the same layer as the first projecting part of the first conductive body; and
a fourth insulating film configured from a material different from that of the first insulating film and the second insulating film, disposed on the second conductive film and disposed in the same layer as the second projecting part of the second conductive body.

US Pat. No. 10,192,867

COMPLEMENTARY FETS WITH WRAP AROUND CONTACTS AND METHOD OF FORMING SAME

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A method of forming a stacked integrated circuit structure comprising:forming a first FET on a substrate, the first FET including at least one first gate, at least one first source and at least one first drain;
forming a spacer layer over the first source and the first drain of the first FET;
forming a second FET over the spacer layer, the second FET being vertically stacked above the first FET, the second FET including at least one second gate, at least one second source and at least one second drain, the first and second gates being vertically aligned, and at least a portion of the second source and at least a portion of the second drain being above and vertically aligned with at least a portion of the first source and at least a portion of the first drain, respectively;
forming a dielectric layer over the second FET;
forming a first lateral conductive metal region and a first vertical conductive metal region, the first lateral conductive metal region surrounding at least one of the first source and the first drain of the first FET and extending laterally outward beyond any portion of the second FET thereabove, the first vertical conductive metal region extending upwards from the first lateral conductive metal region to a top surface of the dielectric layer; and
forming a second vertical conductive metal region, the second vertical conductive metal region surrounding at least one of the second source and the second drain of the second FET and extending upwards to the top surface of the dielectric layer, the second vertical conductive metal region not intersecting the first vertical conductive metal region.

US Pat. No. 10,192,864

LATERAL BICMOS REPLACEMENT METAL GATE

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A semiconductor structure, comprising:a CMOS device in a first region of a semiconductor substrate having a metal gate formed between first sidewall spacers and above a high-k dielectric layer and a dummy titanium nitride layer, the metal gate being located above a channel region connecting a source-drain region within and extending above the semiconductor substrate;
a BJT device in a second region of the semiconductor substrate having a base region formed between second sidewall spacers and an emitter-collector region adjacent to the base region and extending above the semiconductor substrate;
an insulating cap layer located above and disposed directly over sidewalls of the source-drain region and the emitter-collector region, wherein the sidewalls of the source-drain region and the emitter-collector region extend above a top surface of the semiconductor substrate;
an ILD layer located directly above the insulating cap layer and between the CMOS and BJT devices; and
a plurality of contacts formed in the ILD layer, wherein the high-k dielectric layer is disposed over sidewalls of the first sidewall spacers, and the dummy titanium nitride layer is separated from the first sidewall spacers by the high-k dielectric layer.

US Pat. No. 10,192,836

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

PEZY COMPUTING K.K., Tok...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a base board that has a base board terminal surface provided with a plurality of base board terminals;
a first element that has a first element board having a first element-first principal surface and a first element-second principal surface that is a surface opposite to the first element-first principal surface, a first element signal transmitting/receiving terminal provided on the first element-first principal surface of the first element board, and a first element contactless signal transmitting/receiving unit provided on the first element-first principal surface of the first element board;
a second element that has a second element board having a second element-first principal surface and a second element-second principal surface that is a surface opposite to the second element-first principal surface, a second element signal transmitting/receiving terminal provided on the second element-first principal surface of the second element board, and a second element contactless signal transmitting/receiving unit provided on the second element-first principal surface of the second element board; and
an interposer board with an interposer board-first principal surface that has an interposer board-first contactless signal transmitting/receiving unit provided on the interposer board-first principal surface and an interposer board-second contactless signal transmitting/receiving unit provided on the interposer board-first principal surface and electrically connected to the interposer board-first contactless signal transmitting/receiving unit,
wherein the first element is disposed on the base board such that the first element-first principal surface faces the base board terminal surface and the first element signal transmitting/receiving terminal and one of the plurality of base board terminals are in contact with each other and are capable of transmitting and receiving a signal,
the second element is disposed on the base board such that the second element-first principal surface faces the base board terminal surface, and the second element signal transmitting/receiving terminal and one of the plurality of base board terminals are in contact with each other and are capable of transmitting and receiving a signal,
the interposer board is disposed to extend on the first element and the second element such that the interposer board-first principal surface faces the first element-second principal surface and the second element-second principal surface, the interposer board-first contactless signal transmitting/receiving unit is capable of contactlessly transmitting and receiving a signal to and from the first element contactless signal transmitting/receiving unit via the first element board, and the interposer board-second contactless signal transmitting/receiving unit is capable of contactlessly transmitting and receiving a signal to and from the second element contactless signal transmitting/receiving unit via the second element board,
the first element-second principal surface has a first element-second principal surface terminal facing region that is a surface opposite to a region provided with the first element signal transmitting/receiving terminal in the first element-first principal surface and a first element-second principal surface contactless signal transmitting/receiving unit facing region that is a surface opposite to a region provided with the first element contactless signal transmitting/receiving unit in the first element-first principal surface,
the second element-second principal surface has a second element-second principal surface terminal facing region that is a surface opposite to a region provided with the second element signal transmitting/receiving terminal in the second element-first principal surface and a second element-second principal surface contactless signal transmitting/receiving unit facing region to be a surface opposite to a region provided with the second element contactless signal transmitting/receiving unit in the second element-first principal surface,
the interposer board-first principal surface of the interposer board faces the first element-second principal surface contactless signal transmitting/receiving unit facing region and the second element-second principal surface contactless signal transmitting/receiving unit facing region and faces at least one of a part of the first element-second principal surface terminal facing region and a part of the second element-second principal surface terminal facing region, and
the first element board, the second element board, and the interposer board are formed of a semiconductor material, the interposer board-first principal surface of the interposer board has an exposure portion in which the semiconductor material is exposed, and the exposure portion is in contact with at least one of the part of the first element-second principal surface terminal facing region and the part of the second element-second principal surface terminal facing region.

US Pat. No. 10,192,819

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT STRUCTURE INCORPORATING STACKED FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTORS

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. An integrated circuit structure comprising:a first transistor on a substrate and comprising two first source/drain regions and at least one first channel region positioned laterally between the two first source/drain regions;
a dielectric layer on the first source/drain regions;
a second transistor above the first transistor such that the first transistor is stacked between the substrate and the second transistor, the second transistor comprising two second source/drain regions and at least one second channel region positioned laterally between the second source/drain regions, the two second source/drain regions and the at least one second channel region being aligned with the two first source/drain regions and the at least one first channel region, respectively, and the two second source/drain regions being electrically isolated from the two first source/drain regions by the dielectric layer;
a first embedded contact in a first source/drain region of the two first source/drain regions of the first transistor; and
a wire electrically connected to the first embedded contact, wherein the wire is either below the dielectric layer and positioned laterally adjacent to the first source/drain region or in a metal level and aligned above a second source/drain region of the two second source/drain regions of the second transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,192,814

ELECTRONIC ASSEMBLIES HAVING A COOLING CHIP LAYER WITH FLUID CHANNELS AND THROUGH SUBSTRATE VIAS

1. An electronics assembly comprising:a cooling chip structure comprising:
a device facing surface opposite a base surface;
one or more sidewalls extending around a perimeter of the cooling chip structure between the device facing surface and the base surface;
a fluid inlet port and a fluid outlet port;
an array of channel fins defining a plurality of fluid microchannels fluidly coupled to the fluid inlet port and the fluid outlet port; and
a through substrate via extending from the base surface of the cooling chip structure to the device facing surface of the cooling chip structure, wherein the through substrate via intersects two or more fluid microchannels of the plurality of fluid microchannels and is disposed between two channel fins of the array of channel fins.

US Pat. No. 10,192,802

THIN FILM BASED FAN OUT AND MULTI DIE PACKAGE PLATFORM

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A device comprising:a polymer film having tapered vias formed therein, wherein the polymer film comprises a film roll with perforations along side edges of the film roll;
a semiconductor device having conductive pillars with deposited solder on a surface opposite the semiconductor device and the conductive pillars being bonded to a first surface of the polymer film over the conductive pillars with an underfill material; and
an encapsulant material deposited over the semiconductor device and polymer film,
wherein the underfill material bonds a surface of the semiconductor device to the first surface of the polymer film to permit movement during temperature cycling.

US Pat. No. 10,192,780

SELF-ALIGNED MULTIPLE PATTERNING PROCESSES USING BI-LAYER MANDRELS AND CUTS FORMED WITH BLOCK MASKS

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc., Gr...

1. A method comprising:forming an upper layer and a lower layer of a mandrel line over a first hardmask;
forming a non-mandrel cut block over a portion of a non-mandrel line;
after forming the non-mandrel cut block, removing the upper layer of the mandrel line;
forming a first etch mask over a first section of the lower layer of the mandrel line that is arranged laterally between adjacent second sections of the lower layer and that defines a mandrel cut block over a first portion of the first hardmask;
after forming the first etch mask, removing the second sections of the lower layer of the mandrel line to expose respective second portions of the first hardmask; and
removing the second portions of the first hardmask with a first etching process to form a trench in the first hardmask,
wherein the first portion of the first hardmask is masked by the mandrel cut block during the first etching process.

US Pat. No. 10,192,722

PLASMA TREATMENT METHOD, PLASMA TREATMENT APPARATUS, AND PLASMA-TREATED LONG OBJECT

SUNLINE CO., LTD., Iwaku...

1. A plasma treatment apparatus in which a lengthy object to be treat is subjected to plasma treatment by being placed in contact with plasma comprising:a first cylindrical portion in which plasma is generated therein;
two or more ring-shaped electrodes provided interspatially in a longitudinal direction, each of the ring-shaped electrodes surrounding the entire circumference of the first cylindrical portion, which electrodes generate plasma, distribution of plasma density varying in a radial direction within the first cylindrical portion wherein the plasma density is higher than the plasma density towards the center near an inner wall of the first cylindrical portion and the plasma density becomes lower towards a center in the radial direction in the first cylindrical portion;
a plasma generating gas introducing portion that introduces plasma generating gas into the first cylindrical portion; and
a guide portion that is provided on the inner side of the first cylindrical portion, guides the lengthy object to be treated in a manner advancing through an area near the inner having high plasma density relative to the plasma density towards the center in the radial direction in the first cylindrical portion, and is composed of a plurality of guide members which are arranged in the longitudinal direction of the first cylindrical portion,
wherein the plurality of guide members are formed into a shape enabling the lengthy object to be treated to advance in a spiraling manner through the area having high plasma density in the first cylindrical portion.

US Pat. No. 10,192,710

ION MILLING APPARATUS AND ION MILLING METHOD

Hitachi High-Technologies...

1. An ion milling apparatus comprising:an ion gun that generates an ion beam;
a sample chamber that can maintain a vacuum state in which irradiation processing by the ion beam generated by the ion gun is performed; and
gas injection means for injecting a gas toward the inside of the ion gun.

US Pat. No. 10,192,705

FUSE ELEMENT, A FUSE, A METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FUSE, SMD FUSE AND SMD CIRCUIT

SCHURTER AG, Lucerne (CH...

1. A method for producing a fuse (10), comprising the steps of:providing at least one fuse element (12; 12?, 12?) having two connecting contacts (24?, 24?) and an interposed conductive track (26), such that the conductive track (26) has a reduced line cross-section in relation to the connecting contacts (24?, 24?) at least in some sections;
providing a base support (14);
providing the fuse element (12; 12?, 12?) with at least one overlay (16; 16?, 16?), wherein the fuse element (12; 12?, 12?) and the overlay (16; 16?, 16?) are each selected from materials which undergo diffusion when a predetermined ambient temperature is exceeded and when an electric current is conducted by the fuse element (12; 12?, 12?), and
wherein the fuse element is being connected to an external component by a reflow soldering process without the fuse element triggering at a reflow soldering process temperature occurring in this process, wherein the reflow soldering process temperature is higher than the
predetermined ambient temperature, and
arranging the at least one fuse element (12; 12?, 12?) on the base support (14),
wherein the at least one overlay (16_1) is arranged within the conductive track (26_1) adjacent to one of the connecting contacts (24_1?, 24_1?) of the fuse element (12_1).

US Pat. No. 10,192,704

TUNING FORK TERMINAL SLOW BLOW FUSE

LITTELFUSE, INC., Chicag...

10. A fuse comprising:a housing having first and second halves defining an upper housing portion and a lower housing portion;
a fusible member having first and second terminal portions and a fusible link connected between said first and second terminal portions, each of said first and second terminal portions having first and second prongs and a gap disposed therebetween, said fusible link disposed completely within said upper housing portion and said first and second terminal portions extending away from said fusible link and disposed completely within said lower housing portion, said lower housing portion defining a sidewall extending adjacent substantially an entire length of the first prong such that when a receiving terminal is inserted into said gap the sidewall provides a retention force against substantially the entire length of said first prong; and
a partition formed within said lower housing portion and extending the length of and disposed between the second prong of the first terminal portion and the second prong of the second terminal portion, wherein a distance between each of the second prongs and the partition increases from a first end of each of the second prongs proximate the upper portion to a second end of each of the second prongs distal from the upper portion for allowing the second ends to be displaced a distance toward the partition before engaging the partition.

US Pat. No. 10,192,680

PLANAR TRANSFORMER COMPONENTS COMPRISING ELECTROPHORETICALLY DEPOSITED COATING

PAYTON PLANAR MAGNETICS L...

1. An electrically insulated component configured for use in a planar transformer, the insulated component comprising:a planar transformer conductive component having two opposed surfaces comprising a first surface and a second surface and a plurality of edges; and
two distinct coating layers comprising a first layer and a second layer, the first layer being disposed between the conductive component and the second layer, wherein the first layer and the second layer cover at least the first surface and the plurality of edges of the conductive component,
wherein the first layer comprises an oxidized metal coating, which facilitates adhesion of the second layer to the conductive component, and the second layer comprises an electrophoretically deposited (EPD) insulating coating, comprising a polymer and an inorganic material and has a thickness in the range of about 10 ?m to about 50 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,192,678

CURRENT TRANSFORMER SYSTEM WITH SENSOR CT AND GENERATOR CT SEPARATELY ARRANGED IN PARALLEL IN ELECTRIC POWER LINE, AND INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING SAME IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

FERRARISPOWER CO., LTD, ...

1. A current transformer (CT) system comprising:a sensor CT installed detached/attached from/to a power transmission/distribution wire and detecting a current flowing through the wire by electromagnetic induction;
a generator CT installed detached/attached from/to the power transmission/distribution wire and generating power by electromagnetic induction;
wherein each of the sensor CT and each of the generator CT is discretely separate from each other so as to allow attachment or detachment from the wire independently of each other; and
a microprocessor controlling the sensor CT and the generator CT;wherein each of the sensor CT and the generator CT comprises:a top assembly in which a core and a coil are installed;
a bottom assembly corresponding to the top assembly;
a hinge to which the top assembly and the bottom assembly are rotatably coupled;
a lock clip selectively opening and closing the top assembly and the bottom assembly;
a support rib extended to a front of the top assembly and supporting a belt that fixes the structure to the wire; and
a stopper extended to a rear of the bottom assembly and maintaining a certain distance between neighboring structures to prevent the structure from becoming coupled to each other by magnetism.

US Pat. No. 10,192,675

PULSE TRANSFORMER

Tai-Tech Advanced Electro...

1. A pulse transformer comprising:a drum core including a winding core, a first flange and a second flange provided on end portions of said winding core respectively, said first and said second flanges each including an inner surface and an outer surface and an upper portion, said winding core including an upper surface,
said first and said second flanges each including a notch formed in said upper portion thereof and each of said notches being defined by a base surface,
said first and said second flanges each including a chamfered portion provided in each side of said notch of said first and said second flanges respectively,
said base surfaces of said first and said second flanges being flush with said upper surface of said winding core,
a first terminal electrode and a second terminal electrode provided on said upper portion of said first flange,
a first center tap and a third terminal electrode and a fourth terminal electrode provided on said upper portion of said second flange,
a second center tap provided on said upper portion of said first flange,
said notch of said first flange being located between said second terminal electrode and said second center tap, and said notch of said second flange being located between said first center tap and said third terminal electrode, and
a coil including a first wire, a second wire, a third wire and a fourth wire wound around said winding core of said drum core, said first wire including a first end portion connected to said second terminal electrode and a second end portion connected to said first center tap, said second wire including a first end portion connected to said second center tap and a second end portion connected to said third terminal electrode, said third wire including a first end portion connected to said first terminal electrode and a second end portion connected to said first center tap, said fourth wire including a first end portion connected to said second center tap and a second end portion connected to said fourth terminal electrode, and
said first and said second wires being wound in a first direction as seen from said first flange toward said winding core and said second flange, and said third and said fourth wires being wound in a second direction as seen from said first flange toward said winding core and said second flange, said first and said fourth wires crossing each other at said inner surface of said first flange, and said second and said third wires crossing each other at said inner surface of said second flange.

US Pat. No. 10,192,644

FUEL ASSEMBLY

Lightbridge Corporation, ...

1. A fuel assembly for use in an internal core structure of a nuclear power reactor, the assembly comprising:a frame shaped and configured to fit within the nuclear power reactor internal core structure; and
a plurality of helically twisted fuel elements supported by the frame in a fuel rod bundle, each of the fuel elements comprising fissile material;
wherein as viewed in a cross-section that is perpendicular to an axial direction of the fuel assembly, the outermost fuel elements of the fuel rod bundle define a substantially circular perimeter,
wherein the plurality of fuel elements are arranged into a mixed grid pattern that includes a first, rectangular grid pattern and a second, triangular grid pattern,
wherein each of the plurality of fuel elements comprises a longitudinal centerline, and
wherein the longitudinal centerlines of the fuel elements of the second, triangular grid pattern are separated from the longitudinal centerlines of adjacent fuel elements of the second, triangular grid pattern by a centerline-to-centerline distance, and a circumscribed diameter of the fuel elements in the second, triangular grid pattern equals the centerline-to-centerline distance.

US Pat. No. 10,192,612

MEMORY CELL OF STATIC RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY BASED ON RESISTANCE HARDENING

Institute of Automation C...

1. A memory cell of static random access memory based on resistance reinforcement comprising a latch circuit and a bit selection circuit, characterized in that the latch circuit consists of two PMOS transistors P1 and P2, two NMOS transistors N1 and N2, a first resistance-capacitance network and a second resistance-capacitance network; the bit selection circuit consists of NMOS transistors N5 and N6; the latch circuit forms four storage nodes X1, X1B, X2, X2B;wherein the first resistance-capacitance network consists of a resistor R1 and a capacitor C1, and the second resistance-capacitance network consists of a resistor R2 and a capacitor C2;
wherein a drain of P1 is connected to X1, a source thereof is connected to a power supply, and a gate thereof is connected to X1B; an input terminal and an output terminal of the first resistance-capacitance network are connected to X1 and X2 respectively, a first terminal of the capacitor C1 of the first resistance-capacitance network being connected to ground and a second terminal of the capacitor C1 of the first resistance-capacitance network being connected to the terminal X1; a drain of N1 is connected to X2, a source thereof is connected to the ground, and a gate thereof is connected to X2B;
wherein a drain of P2 is connected to X1B, a source thereof is connected to a power supply, and a gate thereof is connected to X1; an input terminal and an output terminal of the second resistance-capacitance network are connected to X1B and X2B respectively, a first terminal of the capacitor C2 of the second resistance-capacitance network being connected a ground and a second terminal of the capacitance C2 of the second resistance-capacitance network connected to the terminal X1B; a drain of N2 is connected to X2B, a source thereof is connected to the ground, and a gate thereof is connected to X2;
wherein a drain of N5 is connected to X2 or X1, a drain of N6 is accordingly connected to X2B or X1B; a source of N5 is connected to a bit line BL; a source of N6 is connected to a complementary bit line BLB; gates of N5 and N6 are connected to each other and are connected to a word line WL.

US Pat. No. 10,192,586

INFORMATION ENTRY METHOD AND DEVICE

HUIZHOU UNIVERSITY, Huiz...

1. An information entry method, comprising:step a): acquiring in real-time motion data from a device comprising a sensor, a processor, a recorder and a microphone, wherein the sensor comprises (i) an accelerometer to detect an acceleration of a user, (ii) a velocimeter to sense a speed of the user, (iii) a gyroscope to sense a direction of the user, and (iv) a GPS component to sense a position of the user;
step b): determining, executed by the processor, whether the device detects a change from a first motion status at a first time interval to a second motion status at a second time interval based on the motion data from the sensor, wherein the change comprises differences in (a) the acceleration of the user, (b) the speed of the user, (c) the direction of the user and (d) the position of the user; if so, activating, executed by the processor, the recorder of the device when (1) each of the differences is larger than a respective predetermined threshold and (2) the device is shaken regularly, thereby activating the recorder to prepare for recording without performing a touch operation on the device;
wherein the differences include:
(A) acceleration data change when the device changes from a first instantaneous acceleration at a first time t1 to a second instantaneous acceleration at a second time t2;
(B) speed data change when the device changes from a first average speed within the first time interval to a second average speed within the first time interval;
(C) direction data change when the device changes from having direction changes within the second time interval to having no direction changes within the second time interval; and
(D) position data change when the device changes from having position changes within a third time interval to having no position changes within the third time interval;
wherein the acceleration data change, the speed data change, the direction data change and the position data change are acquired in real time; and
wherein shaking of the device corresponds to adding a trigger condition for activating the recording module, and the trigger condition adds an extra interaction for the user, thereby avoiding unnecessary activation to the recorder and reducing unnecessary energy consumption,
step c): recording in real-time user's voice input through the recorder of the device;
step d): stopping recording according to a preset voice instruction of stopping recording, wherein the preset voice instruction of stopping recording is collected through the microphone of the device;
wherein the first motion state corresponds to a running or trotting status of the user, and the second motion status corresponds to a walking status of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,192,553

INITIATING DEVICE SPEECH ACTIVITY MONITORING FOR COMMUNICATION SESSIONS

Amazon Technologes, Inc.,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, from an initiating device, a request to initiate a communications session between the initiating device and a recipient device;
establishing the communications session;
receiving first data indicating that first sounds were received by at least one microphone of the initiating device during a first amount of time after the communications session is initiated;
determining that the first sounds correspond to non-speech;
receiving second data indicating that second sounds were received by the at least one microphone during a second amount of time after an end of the first amount of time;
determining that the second sounds correspond to non-speech;
determining a third amount of time between the first amount of time and the second amount of time;
determining that the third amount of time is greater than a threshold amount of time; and
causing the communications session to end based, at least in part, on the first sounds and the second sounds corresponding to non-speech and the third amount of time being greater than the threshold amount of time.

US Pat. No. 10,192,540

COORDINATED ROUTE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

FLIR BELGIUM BVBA, Meer ...

1. A system comprising:a logic device configured to communicate with a user interface coupled to a mobile structure and optionally a controller for the mobile structure, wherein the logic device is adapted to:
retrieve route data for the mobile structure from a route distribution server over a network;
determine the route data for the mobile structure comprises a complete route;
indicate successful retrieval of the route data to the route distribution server; and
provide the route data to the user interface and optionally the controller for the mobile structure, wherein the providing the route data comprises:
translating the route data into a target heading and a first series of waypoints, corresponding to a first successfully retrieved route, that are displayed by the user interface and/or used by the controller to autopilot the mobile structure; and
translating the route data into a second series of waypoints corresponding to a second successfully retrieved route for at least one other mobile structure that is displayed by the user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,192,526

LOCATION-BASED DISPLAY OF PIXEL HISTORY

eBay Inc., San Jose, CA ...

1. At least one processor and executable instructions accessible on a computer-readable medium that, when executed, cause the at least one processor to perform operations comprising:presenting a current screen including an element distinct from a previous element of a previous screen, wherein the previous element was presented at a location on less than an entirety of the previous screen;
receiving a request that the previous element be presented within the current screen next to a current element of the current screen, the request being received from a device that displays the current screen, the request indicating a location of the current element, wherein the location of the current element is less than an entirety of the current screen and is the same location at which the previous element was presented on the previous screen; and
presenting a contemporaneous view of the previous element next to the current element at the location of the current element within the current screen, the presenting being performed in response to the received request.

US Pat. No. 10,192,480

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING BRIGHTNESS OF AN ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE PANEL WHEN BOOTING

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A method for controlling brightness of an organic light-emitting diode panel when booting, the organic light-emitting diode panel includes multiple pixels, and the method comprises step of:obtaining a brightness to be displayed corresponding to each pixel in a booting process;
comparing the brightness to be displayed of each pixel with a preset brightness threshold;
if the brightness to be displayed is greater than the brightness threshold, adjusting the brightness to be displayed to be less than or equal to the brightness threshold;
using the brightness to be displayed after adjusting to adjust a grayscale value to be displayed of the pixel;
using the grayscale value to be displayed to control a corresponding pixel to perform a display; and
gradually increasing the brightness threshold with time, and returning to the step of obtaining a brightness to be displayed corresponding to each pixel in a booting process.

US Pat. No. 10,192,477

PIXEL COMBINATION OF FULL COLOR LED AND WHITE LED FOR USE IN LED VIDEO DISPLAYS AND SIGNAGES

Lighthouse Technologies L...

1. A signal processing device configured to drive a light emitting panel, comprising:a matrix calculation device configured to generate a matrix brightness value based on one or more input light emitting diode (LED) driving signals;
a minimum calculation device configured to generate a complementary brightness value based on the one or more input LED driving signals and the color associated with the one or more input LED driving signals;
an adder configured to generate an LED driving signal based on the matrix brightness value and the complementary brightness value; and
wherein the minimum calculation device is further configured to generate the complementary brightness value to have a minimum or substantially minimum value in response to the minimum calculation device determining that the LED driving signals are converted into the matrix brightness value for a primary or a secondary color, and the minimum calculation device is further configured to generate the complementary brightness value to have a maximum or substantially maximum value in response to the minimum calculation device determining that the red, green, and blue LED driving signals are converted into the matrix brightness value for a tertiary color.

US Pat. No. 10,192,465

PERITONEAL CAVITY SIMULATOR

Fasotec Co., Ltd., Chiba...

1. A peritoneal cavity simulator for learning a laparoscopic medical procedure, comprising:at least one biologically textured organ model;
a first casing defining a simulated peritoneal cavity, a pelvis area, an abdomen area, and a back area having right and left sides;
the abdomen area furnished with a plurality of ports, each port capable of receiving inserted surgical instruments used under a laparoscopic medical procedure;
the pelvis area simulating a human body pelvis shape;
the peritoneal cavity containing a model gripping portion for fixing, mounting or clipping the biologically textured organ model in the peritoneal cavity;
the model gripping portion including a strip member abutting against an inner wall of the casing in the pelvis area, the biologically textured organ model detachable from the model gripping portion;
wherein the biologically textured organ model includes a urinary bladder model having a plurality of holes for suturing and connecting a urine duct, an end portion of the strip member having an engaging portion engageable with the urinary bladder model, the engaging portion having a polygonal shape.

US Pat. No. 10,192,440

SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING PARKING SPACES

CLEVERCITI SYSTEMS GMBH, ...

1. A system comprising:at least a street-lighting device;
a camera system mounted on the street-lighting device;
a recognition unit;
a transmission unit; and
a mobile display unit;
wherein the camera system is configured for delivering image indications of parking space areas disposed within a parking space zone; and
wherein the recognition unit is configured to:
store geographical coordinates of parking space areas located in a field of view of the camera system;
associate a respective occupation status in dependence on the image indications of the parking space areas, the respective occupation status marking whether a respective parking space area is free or occupied; and
provide the respective occupation status of at least the free parking space areas with the associated geographical coordinates to the transmission unit;
wherein the transmission unit is configured to transmit the respective occupation status of at least the free parking space areas with the associated geographical coordinates to the mobile display unit; and
wherein the recognition unit is configured to output edge images and/or contour images of a parked motor vehicle detected by the camera system, with the edge images and/or contour images being output when a maximum parking time of the parked motor vehicle has been exceeded, and with the edge images and/or contour images showing the parked motor vehicle at the start of a parking process and after the reaching of the maximum parking time.

US Pat. No. 10,192,436

RED LIGHT WARNING SYSTEM BASED ON PREDICTIVE TRAFFIC SIGNAL STATE DATA

TRAFFIC TECHNOLOGY SERVIC...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising steps of:identifying a traffic signal;
accessing a signal timing plan of the identified traffic signal;
in a processor, pre-processing the signal timing plan to derive a set of rules from the signal timing plan and storing the derived rules in a derived rules database, the derived rules including (a) identification of state changes that are certain to occur; (b) identification of state changes that begin a fixed-time control event; and (c) identification of state changes that necessarily end with a change to red signal state;
receiving a set of predicted traffic signal state data for the identified traffic signal located at an intersection;
wherein the predicted traffic signal state data indicates, for a phase of the identified traffic signal, a current signal state, an expected signal state change to a next signal state, and a predicted time interval remaining until the expected signal state change;
applying a timestamp to the received predicted traffic signal state data;
querying the derived rules database, based on the predicted traffic signal state data, to obtain results;
determining, based on the query results, that the expected signal state change will change to a fixed-time control event;
determining, based on the query results, that at a conclusion of the fixed-time control event, the identified traffic signal will change state to a red signal state;
based on the determination that the fixed-time control event will conclude with the selected traffic signal changing state to the red signal state:
generating a red-light warning message associated with the identified traffic signal;
applying the timestamp to the red-light warning message; and
transmitting the time-stamped red-light warning message to a downstream application for input into operational logic of an autonomous vehicle system;
wherein the downstream application is configurable, for a non-autonomous vehicle, to cause display of a message in the vehicle based on the time-stamped, generated red-light warning message; and for an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, to provide the red-light warning message to the operational logic to affect controlling the vehicle ahead of the intersection.

US Pat. No. 10,192,420

MONITORING DEVICE AND MONITORING SYSTEM

MSA EUROPE GMBH, Jona (C...

1. A mobile monitoring device, comprising:at least one transmitter;
at least one receiver;
at least one sensor for recording measured values on or in at least one of the following: a wearing person, a surrounding of the wearing person, equipment of the wearing person, or any combination thereof;
at least one processing unit in operative connection with the at least one transmitter, the at least one receiver, and the at least one sensor;
wherein the at least one processing unit sets the mobile monitoring device to one of a basic mode and a base station mode according to a setting;
wherein, in the basic mode, the at least one processing unit is configured to monitor the measured values of the at least one sensor,
wherein, in the base station mode, the at least one processing unit is configured to monitor measured values of at least one other, compatible mobile monitoring device operating in the basic mode, and
wherein the at least one processing unit is configured to automatically set the mobile monitoring device to the basic mode at a time of start up by coupling, via physical proximity to or physical contact with, a compatible mobile monitoring device set to the base station mode.

US Pat. No. 10,192,418

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERIMETER SECURITY

Geoffrey M. Kern, Cheste...

1. A perimeter security system for maintaining an object relative to a predefined boundary, comprising:a plurality of water displacement devices configured to output fluid and to control a pressure of the outputted fluid when the object is within a first distance from the boundary;
a plurality of light sources configured to emit light toward the object when the object is within a second distance from the boundary;
an auditory system configured to emit an audible output when the object is within a third distance from the boundary;
a visual sensor configured to obtain images or video of at least a portion of the predefined boundary and to transmit the images or video to a location other than the predefined boundary; and
a controller configured to determine when the object ceases movement toward the boundary and to adjust the first, second, and third distances in response to the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,192,395

ELECTRONIC GAMING DEVICE

Fresh Idea Global Limited...

1. An electronic gaming device comprising:a card reader configured to assist in identifying a player;
a memory including a plurality of preset contingent gaming options with respect to game outcome data from one or more live gaming tables hosting live table games, wherein each live table game supports one or more wagers based on the live table game, a live dealer, and the use of one or more physical game objects for the play of the live table game; and
a processor configured to obtain in real time game outcome data for the live table games being played at the multiple live gaming tables via a network interface, the processor being configured to present one or more of the plurality of preset contingent gaming options for a wager contingent on the obtained game outcome data, wherein the preset contingent gaming options comprises a specific pattern of game outcomes over multiple live table games being played at one or more of the multiple live gaming tables, the processor being further configured to initiate a contingent wager based on a detection of the at least one preset contingent gaming option being present in the obtained game outcome data, wherein the contingent wager is obtained from credits available to the player identified using the card reader.

US Pat. No. 10,192,384

MONEY ITEM HANDLING DEVICE AND CONVEYOR

Crane Payment Innovations...

1. A handling device for money items having a generally discoidal surface and a peripheral edge, the handling device comprising:a receiving station configured to receive money items supplied thereto, a money item processing station; and
a conveyor configured to convey money items from the money item receiving station to the money item processing station, the conveyor comprising:
a conveyor member having a money item receiving surface, and
first and second lugs upstanding from said money item receiving surface, the first lug comprising a forward facing first capture region and the second lug comprising a forward facing second capture region, the capture regions configured to be driven in a longitudinal conveying direction through the money item receiving station to receive a money item with its major discoidal surface overlying the money item receiving surface and with its peripheral edge abutting the capture regions of the lugs, one of the capture regions of the lugs being upstanding from said money item receiving surface at least in part by a height greater than the other capture region,
wherein the capture regions are arranged such that if first and second of said money items become lodged on the money item receiving surface and abutting the first and second capture regions respectively, upon forward movement of the conveyor in the longitudinal conveying direction, the first money item is urged by the first capture region against the second money item so as to dislodge the second money item from abutment with the second capture region so that solely the first money item is held in abutment with the first and second capture regions,
wherein the first and second lugs are disposed on opposite sides of a longitudinal axis of the conveyor member, and the first capture region of the first lug comprises a capture surface facing forwardly in said longitudinal conveying direction, having a height which reduces in a direction of said longitudinal axis, and
wherein the capture surface is trapezoidal and forms an acute angle with the longitudinal axis in the longitudinal conveying direction and with a height that increases outwardly from the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,192,369

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LOGGING VEHICLE BEHAVIOUR

Andrew William Wright, V...

1. A mobile telecommunications device configured to log driving information associated with a vehicle, the mobile telecommunications device comprising:a sensor set comprising an image sensor, an audio sensor, an accelerometer or a positioning module, or a combination thereof;
a user interface;
a processor and;
a memory;
the mobile telecommunications device being configured to:
determine, based on at least one of the inputs received by the user interface and sensor data from the device's sensor set, a start of a driving period during which the mobile device is removably attached to the vehicle and the vehicle is in use;
process the sensor data from the sensor set during the driving period to derive driving information associated with how the vehicle is driven; and
store a selection of the driving information to the memory;
wherein the driving information is derived without data from the vehicle sensors, and the memory comprises:
a long term memory for persistently storing driving information and a short term memory for transiently storing driving information, wherein the short term memory receives driving information at a higher update rate than the long term memory, the mobile telecommunications device being further configured to:
write driving information to the short term memory at a predetermined update rate during the driving period in a predetermined sequence; and,
overwrite the driving information previously written to the short term memory in accordance with the predetermined sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,192,367

VEHICLE BODY FLAW ELIMINATION METHOD USING VIRTUAL MARK AND SYSTEM THEREOF

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A vehicle body flaw elimination method using a virtual mark, comprising:detecting, by a robotic visioner, a flaw formed on a vehicle body surface and outputting corresponding flaw data;
forming, by a controller, a virtual marker corresponding to the flaw data on a 3D model corresponding to the vehicle body;
transmitting, by the controller, data of the 3D model on which the virtual marker is formed to a wearable device; and
detecting, by the controller, a position of the vehicle body and a position of the wearable device to identify the position of the vehicle body and a position of a worker wearing the wearable device, and modifying the 3D model transmitted to the wearable device in a direction in which the worker views the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 10,192,356

DYNAMIC RISK STRUCTURE CREATION SYSTEMS AND/OR METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

BWISE B.V., Rosmalen (NL...

1. A computer system that provides governance, risk management, or compliance functionality, the computer system comprising:a storage system configured to store an extended risk meta-model for an organization that includes (a) a plurality of object elements, (b) a plurality of dynamic risk elements, and (c) a plurality of dynamic control elements, the extended risk meta-model including a set of enforceable rules, for how dynamic risk models that are based on the extended risk meta-model can be created, the set of enforceable rules including a first relationship constraint and a second relationship constraint that is different from the first relationship constraint
a processing system that includes at least one hardware processor, the processing system configured to:
receive input for creating a new dynamic risk model based on the extended risk meta-model that is stored in the storage system;
as part of the creating the new dynamic risk model, add, based on received input, an object element to the new dynamic risk model that is from the plurality of object elements included in the extended risk meta-model;
as part of the creating the new dynamic risk model, add, based on received input, a first dynamic risk element from the plurality of dynamic risk elements of the extended risk meta-model to the new dynamic risk model;
based on addition of the first dynamic risk element to the new dynamic risk model, automatically add a first link between the added first dynamic risk element and the added at least one object element, wherein the automatic addition of the first link is controlled based on the first relationship constraint of the extended risk meta-model;
as part of the creating the new dynamic risk model, add, based on received input, a first dynamic control element that is from among the plurality of dynamic control elements of the extended risk meta-model, wherein the first dynamic control element includes a plurality of fields;
based on addition of the first dynamic control element to the new dynamic risk model, automatically add a second link between the added first dynamic control element and the added first dynamic risk element, wherein the automatic addition of the second link is controlled based on based on the second constraint of the extended risk meta-model; and
in response to a determination that a first field of the plurality of fields is set to a predetermined value, control a visibility of a second one of the plurality of fields of the first dynamic control element.

US Pat. No. 10,192,334

DISPLAYING A LIVE STREAM OF EVENTS USING A DYNAMICALLY-CONSTRUCTED THREE-DIMENSIONAL DATA TREE

Deep Node, Inc., Falls C...

1. A method for displaying a live stream of events using a dynamically-constructed three-dimensional data tree having a tubular structure, the method comprising the acts of:receiving a plurality of messages into the message queue over a period of time;
constructing a single root limb object of the dynamically-constructed three-dimensional data tree, wherein the root limb object is aligned with a z-axis at the center of the tubular structure of the dynamically-constructed three-dimensional data tree;
determining a key for each of the plurality of messages, wherein each key is determined, at least in part, as a function of a message characteristic for a corresponding one of the plurality of messages;
constructing a plurality of limb objects branching out from the root limb object and from the z-axis of the dynamically-constructed three-dimensional data tree based, at least in part, on the determined keys;
constructing a plurality of blip objects at different locations along a corresponding one of the plurality of limb objects for each of the plurality of limb objects, wherein each of the plurality of blip objects correspond to one of the plurality of messages, and wherein the blip objects each have a position within the dynamically-constructed three-dimensional data tree corresponding to a particular time at which such message was received into the message queue such that blip objects on outermost portions of the limb objects correspond to the most recently received of the plurality of messages and blip objects arranged toward the root limb object corresponding to less recently received of the plurality of objects; and
displaying, on a graphical user interface, the dynamically-constructed three-dimensional data tree, including displaying the root limb object, the plurality of limb objects, and the plurality of blip objects, wherein the dynamically-constructed three-dimensional data tree represents a visualization of the plurality of messages for the period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,192,323

REMOTE DETERMINATION OF CONTAINERS IN GEOGRAPHICAL REGION

ORBITAL INSIGHT, INC., M...

1. A method for processing images from an aerial imaging device, the method comprising:receiving a first image of a geographical area, the first image having a first resolution;
extracting a first feature vector from the first image, the first feature vector comprising aggregate values based on pixel attributes of pixels in the first image;
transmitting the first feature vector to a machine learning model to identify an area of interest containing an object of interest in the first image;
receiving a second image of the geographical area, the second image having a second resolution higher than the first resolution;
extracting a second feature vector from the second image, the second feature vector comprising aggregate values based on pixel attributes of pixels in the area of interest;
transmitting the second feature vector to the machine learning model to determine a likelihood amount that the area of interest contains the object of interest;
training, responsive to the likelihood amount falling below a threshold, the machine learning model to filter out features corresponding to the area of interest in images having the first resolution; and
transmitting, responsive to the likelihood amount exceeding the threshold, a visual representation of the object of interest to a user device.

US Pat. No. 10,192,312

DISTANCE ESTIMATION USING MULTI-CAMERA DEVICE

C3D Augmented Reality Sol...

1. A method of measuring a distance to an object, by a device having at least two cameras, comprising:acquiring, by a first camera of the device while the device is in a first position, one or more first images that include the object;
acquiring, by a second camera of the device while the device is in the first position, one or more first reference images;
after acquiring the one or more first images, displaying, to a user:
at least one of the one or more first reference images;
a video stream acquired by the second camera, the video stream being overlaid on the at least one of the one or more first reference images, and the video stream directing the user to move the device to a second position, the second position being different from the first position;
an indication of an extent of matching between the one or more first reference images and a current image acquired by the second camera, the indication comprising a numerical score that indicates the extent of matching; and
a stop instruction in response to the numerical score exceeding a predetermined threshold;
acquiring, by the first camera of the device while the device is in the second position, one or more second images including the object;
acquiring, by the second camera of the device while the device is in the second position, one or more second reference images;
determining, based on the one or more first and second reference images, information on a displacement of at least one camera of the device between the first and second positions; and
calculating the distance from the device to the object, based on the one or more first and second images including the object and the determined information on the displacement of the at least one camera, the calculation based on a fixed measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,192,309

CAMERA CALIBRATION DEVICE

Clarion Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A camera calibration device that captures images of at least one marker with at least two cameras and calibrates installation states of the at least two cameras based upon the captured images by the at least two cameras, comprising:at least one processor for executing stored instructions to:
extract a feature amount of the at least one marker based upon the captured images by the at least two cameras;
calculate a position of each of the at least two cameras in a marker coordinate system, based upon the feature amount;
perform coordinate transformation of the calculated position of each of the cameras in the marker coordinate system, into a position of each of the cameras in a vehicle coordinate system;
determine whether the images are correctly photographed or not, based upon the feature amount;
determine whether the position of each of the plurality of cameras in the vehicle coordinate system is correct or not, based upon an overhead view image that is generated after the performed coordinate transformation; and
analyze a cause of failure of calibration, based upon the determination of whether the images are correctly photographed or not and the determination of whether the position of each of the plurality of cameras in the vehicle coordinate system is correct or not.

US Pat. No. 10,192,305

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING TEST IMAGE

VISUALMIND OY, Kouvola (...

1. A method executed by one or more processors for analyzing and modifying at least one test image, the method comprising:(a) collecting a plurality of reference images from at least one image source;
(b) extracting image features from the plurality of reference images;
(c) assigning weights to the image features extracted at the step (b);
(d) determining image scores for the plurality of reference images, wherein an image score for a given reference image is determined based upon the weights assigned to image features present in the given reference image;
(e) iteratively performing the assigning of the weights at the step (c) and the determining of the image scores at the step (d), wherein, for a given reference image, iterations of the assigning of the weights at the step (c) and the determining of the image score at the step (d) are performed based upon a comparison between the image score and ranking data of the given reference image;
(f) extracting image features from the at least one test image;
(g) assigning weights to the image features of the at least one test image, based upon the weights assigned to the image features at the step (e);
(h) determining an image score for the at least one test image, based upon the weights assigned to the image features of the at least one test image;
(i) providing an improvement proposal for the at least one test image, based upon the image score determined for the at least one test image; and
modifying the at least one test image based on the improvement proposal prior to visual communication of the at least one test image.

US Pat. No. 10,192,295

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR NORMALIZING IMAGES

AI Analysis, Inc., Belle...

1. An image-normalization system comprising:a computer system that includes one or more processors, one or memories, and one or more-storage devices; and
computer instructions, stored in the one or more memories, that, when executed on the one or more processors, control the computer system to
receive two digital images, including a first image and a second image, each having image units that are each associated with a position and an intensity,
identify one or more domains common to both the first image and the second image,
select one or more mapping functions,
determine parameters for the one or more mapping functions,
select a final mapping function,
generate a hybrid intensity-mapping model that includes both intensity mappings calculated by application of the final mapping model and intensity mappings obtained directly from image-unit intensities, and
use the hybrid intensity-mapping model to adjust intensities in one of the two images.

US Pat. No. 10,192,278

TRACEABLE DATA AUDIT APPARATUS, METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

Institute For Information...

1. A traceable data audit apparatus, comprising:a non-transitory computer readable storage medium, being stored with an original data set and a plurality of existing audit logs, the original data set comprising a plurality of records and being defined with a plurality of fields, each of the records having a plurality of items corresponding to the fields one-on-one, the fields being classified into a first identity sensitive subset and a first identity insensitive subset;
an interface, being configured to receive a request for the original data set, the request corresponding to a consumer identity; and
a processor, being electrically connected to the non-transitory computer readable storage medium and the interface and configured to generate a released data set by applying a de-identification operation to each of the items corresponding to the fields in the identity sensitive subset in response to the request and store an audit log of the original data set in the non-transitory computer readable storage medium as one of the existing audit logs, wherein the audit log comprises a date, the consumer identity, an identity of the original data set, and a plurality of evidences and each of the evidence is one of the records of the released data set,
wherein the interface further delivers the released data set, the interface further receives a leaking data set, the leaking data set comprising a plurality of leaking records and being defined with a plurality of fields, each of the leaking records having a plurality of items corresponding to the fields of the leaking data set one-on-one, the fields of the leaking data set are classified into a second identity sensitive subset and a second identity insensitive subset,
wherein the processor further determines a filtered audit log set by normalizing a plurality of fields of each of the existing audit logs and selecting the existing audit logs that have at least one field the same as one of the fields of the leaking data set,
wherein the processor further determines a filtered leaking data set by matching the items corresponding to the second identity insensitive subset of each leaking record with the items corresponding to the first identity insensitive subset of the evidences of each existing audit log of the filtered audit log set,
wherein the processor further calculates a confidence factor for each existing audit log of the filtered audit log set by matching the items corresponding to the second identity sensitive subset of each leaking record of the filtered leaking data set with the items corresponding to the first identity sensitive subset of the evidences of each existing audit log of the filtered audit log set, and
wherein the processor further determines a resource of leakage of the leaking data set according to the confidence factors.

US Pat. No. 10,192,276

MULTIPLE MAIL PIECE ASSEMBLY AND WRAPPING SYSTEM

Broadridge Output Solutio...

1. A method for assembling and containerizing to-be-mailed mail pieces, before being given to an origin USPS facility for transporting the to-be-mailed mail pieces to at least one destination USPS facility, being mailed to a same recipient address within the single postal compliant mailing pack; comprising:a. culling and sorting candidate to-be-mailed mail pieces from a pool of general mail pieces to generate candidate to-be-mailed mail pieces that are ordered and destined for a single desired mail pack, wherein said ordered candidate to-be-mailed mail pieces are ordered by being adjacent to each other, so that no other candidate to-be-mailed mail pieces for a different mail pack are in between the individual ordered candidate to-be-mailed mail pieces destined for the single desired mail pack;
b. feeding singulated said candidate to-be-mailed mail pieces into an indicia reader;
c. reading indicia on said candidate to-be-mailed mail pieces, wherein said reading coupled with applying weight and thickness tests produces identified mail pieces with associated postage costs and said identified mail pieces are transferred to a collator;
d. collating in a continuous mail piece motion process with a plurality of collating modules and a collating computer a plurality of identified mail pieces into weight and thickness compliant mailing packs, wherein each said mailing pack contains said identified mail pieces going to the same recipient address, wherein said collating maximizes profitability by utilizing postal discounts for mailing in a single postal compliant mailing pack a plurality of mail pieces to the same recipient address, wherein each said collating module comprises:
i. upper input conveyor belts for receiving incoming said identified mail pieces;
ii. a diverter for directing, upon instructions from said collating computer, identified mail pieces away from said upper conveyor belts to pinch rollers in a buffering region;
iii. said pinch rollers for stopping said collating computer diverted desired identified mail pieces in said buffering region; and
iv. lower output conveyor belts that receive said collating computer diverted identified mail pieces from said pinch rollers and transfer said identified mail pieces to a containerizing mechanism, wherein said collator computer causes said pinch rollers in said buffer region to eject stopped an identified mail piece at just the right time so that any identified mail piece in said lower conveyor belt from a previous collating module are stacked into said mailing packs and exit via said lower output conveyor belts to said containerizing mechanism;
e. containerizing each said particular collated mailing pack into a particular single desired postal compliant addressed mailing container;
f. affixing a postage to said particular single desired postal compliant addressed mailing container via a printed IMB code on said particular single desired postal compliant address mailing container; and
g. controlling the overall method with at least one computer processor programmed to interface with the system for overseeing the operation of the system, in addition to said collator computer.

US Pat. No. 10,192,272

EXPENSE REPORT MANAGEMENT METHODS AND APPARATUS

SOURCECODE TECHNOLOGY HOL...

1. An expense report management apparatus comprising:an aggregation interface configured to:
receive, from a financial entity, a defined account data subset of account data related to a financial transaction of a user, the defined account data subset including an account identifier of an account that includes the financial transaction, and
receive, from the financial entity, a defined transaction data subset of transaction data of the financial transaction, the defined transaction data subset including a transaction identifier, a description of the financial transaction, a merchant name, an amount, and a post date; and
a secure transaction engine communicatively coupled to the aggregation interface and configured to:
create an expense object that includes the defined account data subset and the defined transaction data subset,
display information from the expense object within a first graphical user interface in conjunction with information from other expense objects related to the user, each of the other expense objects including a respective defined account data subset and a respective defined transaction data subset,
receive an expense message from the user indicating that the expense object is to be submitted to a third-party designated to perform expense reimbursement,
responsive to receiving the expense message,
(i) store the expense object to a file within a memory,
(ii) create an expense report that includes the expense object and selectively exclude the other expense objects to shield the other expense objects from being accessible or viewed by the third-party, and
(iii) discard the other expense objects,
display information from the expense report within a second graphical user interface including information from the expense object that is indicative of information the third-party will view to perform expense reimbursement, and
responsive to receiving a submit message from the user, transmit the expense report to a server of the third-party for expense reimbursement.

US Pat. No. 10,192,267

SYSTEM FOR TRADING COMMODITIES AND THE LIKE

TRADECAPTURE OTC Corp., ...

1. A system comprising:at least one client device;
at least two independent computerized exchanges, each of said computerized exchanges configured to execute electronic transactions involving a group of commodities; and
a computer server positioned between, and in communication with, the at least one client device and the at least two computerized exchanges, the computer server executing programming instructions that cause the computer server to:
receive a plurality of indications from the at least two computerized exchanges;
pool said received plurality of indications by combining all of the received plurality of indications;
group the combined plurality of indications according to commodity type;
store the grouped plurality of indications in a database that is communicatively coupled to the computer server;
receive, from the at least one client device, a request for indications relating to a specific commodity among the commodity types stored in the database;
search, within the database, only the grouped commodity types to which the requested indications pertain;
retrieve, from the database, only those of the requested indications that comply with a predetermined privilege level; and
prompt the at least one client device to generate a single interactive display window that simultaneously displays an aggregate presentation of the retrieved indications, said retrieved indications comprising at least one indication from each of two or more of the at least two computerized exchanges,
said single interactive display window further configured to receive input and initiate a transaction across any of said at least two computerized exchanges.

US Pat. No. 10,192,265

METHOD FOR GENERATING DYNAMIC AND COLLABORATIVE PRICING OFFERS IN A FINANCIAL PLATFORM ENVIRONMENT

H.O.M.E. Mortgage Card, L...

1. A method of promptly notifying an entity of monitored information in a peer-to-peer computer network wherein a plurality of computer systems are configured to be interconnected and communicate over the network, with at least some of the computer systems corresponding to different organizational entities, the method comprising:receiving by a second entity a communication responsive to updated monitored financial information of one or more entities from a first computer system of a first entity;
triggering by the second computer system a selection of a third entity based at least in part on the communication;
generating, by the second computer system, notification information responsive to the communication;
determining by the second entity that the notification information is time critical and should be promptly forwarded to the third entity;
when the notification information is determined to be time critical, promptly forwarding an alert of the notification information to a cell phone of the selected third entity, wherein the notification information is viewable in its most complete and current form on the cell phone of the selected third entity, with the cell phone including a method for in-system response through the network by the selected third entity;
providing an early warning system when the second computer system and cell phone are interconnected that informs the third entity that the second entity has transparency in that it does not participate in predatory practices or is registered as having an acceptable level of transparency, while providing a visual symbol as a certification of such transparency to also provide the third entity with improved monitoring and risk management capabilities so that the third entity may safely communicate or respond to the alert; and
receiving, at a computer of the second or another entity other than the first or second entity, a response to the notification information from an in-system response through the network by the selected third entity.

US Pat. No. 10,192,260

TOOL FOR GENERATING CONTAINERIZED PROCESSING LOGIC FOR USE IN INSURANCE CLAIM PROCESSING

TELUS Health Solutions In...

1. A method for storing and accessing a hierarchy-based insurance plan in a computer memory as a deployed plan for use in processing an insurance claim as machine-to-machine interaction involving a claim processing server and a plurality of client devices, the method comprising the steps of:configuring the computer memory of a server according to a data structure, the data structure provided as a set of rules for execution by a computer processor, the data structure including:
a set of benefit codes and logical relationships between the benefit codes to define a benefit hierarchy; and
a set of adjudication rules and logical relationships between the adjudication rules to define a rule hierarchy, the insurance plan including the benefit hierarchy and the rule hierarchy;
receiving the insurance claim by the server from a form interface client application provisioned on one of the plurality of client devices;
defining adjudication rules of the rule hierarchy adapted for processing the insurance claim, the insurance claim having claim content including a claim date;
configuring the computer memory as the data structure including:
at least two secondary rule containers for logically grouping the adjudication rules, an adjudication rule of the adjudication rules coupled to one of the at least two secondary rule containers by a first rule reference associated with the content of the respective secondary rule container, said adjudication rule coupled to another of the at least two secondary rule containers by a second rule reference associated with the content of the respective another rule container; and
a primary rule container, each of the at least two secondary rule containers coupled to the primary rule container by a corresponding container reference associated with the content of the respective primary rule container, the primary rule container having a list to define an execution order of corresponding container references;
wherein said adjudication rule, the containers, and the first rule reference, the second rule reference and the container references represent the set of adjudication rules defining the deployed plan, at least one of the container reference or the first rule reference or the second rule reference having an associated rule date being at least one of an effective date or an expiry date;
based on the insurance claim, further configuring the data structure by comparing the associated rule date with the claim date to determine which of the adjudication rules are included in the set of adjudication rules appropriate to the claim content of the insurance claim;
using the data structure including the set of adjudication rules to process the insurance claim with the adjudication rules by the execution order defined by the list of the primary rule container to determine a settlement of the insurance claim; and
based on the settlement, communicating an amount covering the insurance claim to the client application.

US Pat. No. 10,192,257

SYSTEMS, APPARATUSES, AND METHODS FOR ORDERING ITEMS FROM AN ELECTRONIC MENU, AND SERVICING THEREOF

TouchTunes Music Corporat...

1. A method for ordering items from an electronic menu and servicing thereof, in a networked computing environment that communicably connects via at least one network at least a plurality of first handheld electronic devices, a plurality of second handheld electronic devices and a venue computer, the method comprising:associating a predetermined identifier with a first handheld electronic device, the predetermined identifier identifying a group of two or more of the first handheld electronic devices;
displaying at least a part of the electronic menu of order items on a display of at least one of the two or more the first handheld electronic devices;
receiving, at each of the two or more first handheld electronic devices in the group, input from respective first users selecting one or more order items from the displayed menu for an order, wherein the order comprises the one or more order items selected by each of the two or more respective first users;
receiving input from one of the respective first users indicating finalizing of the order comprising the selected one or more order items;
based upon a selection of the predetermined identifier on a display of a second handheld electronic device configured differently than the first handheld electronic device or based upon an input of the predetermined identifier to the second handheld electronic device, associating the second handheld electronic device with the group of the two or more first handheld electronic devices that are each associated with the predetermined identifier;
receiving, at the second handheld electronic device, the finalized order for one or more order items from at least one of the two or more first handheld electronic devices associated with the predetermined identifier;
displaying the received order on a display of the second handheld electronic device; and
based upon an input from a second user provided at the second handheld electronic device, transmitting one or more of the order items to the venue computer for further consideration of the one or more order items.

US Pat. No. 10,192,245

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR CHARGING OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Zeco Systems Pte Ltd., S...

1. A method for determining an availability of an electric vehicle charging station, comprising:receiving a first geolocation information regarding a mobile device of a user;
comparing the first geolocation information with a second geolocation information of the electric vehicle charging station;
determining a distance between the mobile device of the user and the electric vehicle charging station using the first geolocation information and the second geolocation information, and a current speed of the mobile device of the user using the first geolocation information; and
based on the determined distance and the current speed, determining the availability of the electric vehicle charging station based on the distance when the mobile device of the user is expected to arrive, wherein determining the availability of the electric vehicle charging station includes: estimating the time of arrival of the mobile device of the user based on the distance and the current speed; and
sending a notification to the mobile device of the user regarding the determined availability of the electric vehicle charging station when the mobile device of the user is expected to arrive.

US Pat. No. 10,192,226

DATA PROCESSING METHOD FOR SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS

NETWAVE, Labege (FR)

1. A method of processing connection data to a platform (2) of an Internet site by a server (1) comprising at least one data-processing unit and a memory, the method being characterized in that following activation of at least one trigger executed by the processing unit(s), said trigger(s) being capable of activating in response to a predefined event occurring during connection of a user to said platform (2) via equipment (3), it comprises steps of:(a) attempt to determine via the processing unit(s) a state of at least one index selected, as a function of the trigger activated, from a set of observable indices relative to the personal data of said user and relative to general data;
(b) generation and storage on the memory of a situational signature of the user as a function of the results of said attempt to determine the state of at least one index;
(c) comparison of said situational signature of the user with a plurality of masks, each mask being associated with a reference situation and corresponding to a space of situational signatures so as to identify the situation of said user as being the reference situation associated with at least one mask containing said situational signature;
(d) analysis of said identified situation of the user by said processing unit(s) or a dedicated situational analysis unit of the server (1) so as to obtain processed data.

US Pat. No. 10,192,224

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COMMUNICATING TRANSACTIONAL DATA

NGE South, LLC, North Ve...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:scanning, with a card reader of a gift card purchasing device, gift card data from a physical version of a gift card offered for sale by a customer;
scanning, with the card reader, customer information from a physical version of a government issued identity document of the customer, wherein the customer information includes a government issued identification number of the customer, and wherein the customer is associated with a purchase offer rate;
associating, with the computer system of the gift card purchasing device, the gift card data with the customer information;
determining, with the computer system, a balance of the gift card based at least partly on the gift card data;
determining, with the computer system, a purchase offer for purchasing the gift card from the customer as a percentage of the balance of the gift card from the purchase offer rate associated with the customer;
receiving, with a card holder of the gift card purchasing device, the physical version of the gift card in a security safe of the card holder via a card-sized slit of the gift card purchasing device;
scanning, with a scanner of the card holder, the physical version of the gift card during receipt of the physical version of the gift card in the card holder before allowing a payment of the purchase offer to the customer;
in response to a determination that the physical gift card is securely received by the card holder, providing, with the computer system, the payment of the purchase offer to the customer; and
providing, with the computer system, at least a portion of the gift card data to a secondary marketplace.

US Pat. No. 10,192,222

INTERNET-BASED METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MAKING USER-CUSTOMIZED DIE-CUT STICKERS

StickerYou Inc., Toronto...

1. A method, performed by a server, for making a sticker, the method comprising:receiving a raster image from a client device over a communications network;
receiving input defining a size for the sticker from the client device over the communications network;
performing pixel edge detection on the raster image to obtain a plurality of polygons corresponding to all closed shapes in the raster image;
applying an offset to each polygon in the plurality of polygons, wherein the offset is between 0.5 mm and 2.0 mm;
detecting and removing any polygons below a size threshold;
combining the remaining polygons to form a single, combined polygon;
detecting and removing any holes defined in an interior of the polygon;
applying a polygon smoothing algorithm to the polygon;
applying spline approximation to define the polygon as a set of one or more curves;
dynamically generating a die-cut border for the sticker in real-time in accordance with the set of one or more curves and received size so that the die-cut border has a shape defined by the set of one or more curves and the received size;
printing the raster image on a sticker sheet in accordance with the received size and the offset so that the printed image has a printed size equal to the received size less the offset; and
die-cutting the sticker sheet in accordance with the die-cut border.

US Pat. No. 10,192,213

MOBILE PAYMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Bleu Tech Enterprises, In...

1. A mobile payment system comprising:a mobile point of sale terminal, the terminal including a payment beacon, the payment beacon being adapted to communicate with mobile devices programmed with a customer application;
a wireless router in communication with a management server;
a universal payment gateway device that communicates with the payment beacon and transmits payment information to an acquiring bank through the wireless router;
a plurality of proximity beacons that transmit to and receive information from mobile devices programmed with the customer application;
a hub beacon adapted to communicate between the wireless router and the proximity beacons; and
wherein the management server is adapted to receive and store data from the wireless router and to control the master beacon, the payment beacon, and the universal payment gateway device.

US Pat. No. 10,192,208

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN IMPROVED SELF-CHECKOUT WITH LOSS PREVENTION OPTIONS

ECR Software Corporation,...

1. A self-checkout apparatus comprising:an unattended self-checkout unit having a product identification device, a payment identification device, a microprocessor and memory operatively associated with one another to identify products being purchased, payments tendered therefor and to store transaction information locally or remotely,
a detection module in communication with the microprocessor and configured to detect a product input and direct a fault during transaction progression triggering that an exception has occurred where a mismatch between an expected input and an actual input is detected,
a self-checkout display in communication with the detection module and configured to offer on the display a customer self-override option configured to allow the customer to self-override the exception without an exception correction and proceed through the transaction with the actual input in the transaction,
wherein the microprocessor includes programming configured to allow a user to enter an item into a transaction with the product identification device, and to select an exception override that allows the transaction to proceed with an item entry flagged as an exception without requiring a correction of the exception and to complete the transaction without requiring removal of the actual input and without an attendant intervention, and
a security component that is activated when the user selects the exception override from the customer self-override option, the security component including a security information related to the transaction, the security information recording the mismatch and a customer validation of the exception override as the override is allowed and the transaction proceeds.

US Pat. No. 10,192,180

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CROWDSOURCING TASKS

CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICE...

1. A method for crowdsourcing a task, the method comprising:identifying, by one or more microprocessors, a first set of workers from one or more workers, based on a performance of said one or more workers on a set of tasks previously attempted by said one or more workers, and a Service Level Agreement (SLA) associated with said task;
generating, by said one or more microprocessors, a graph comprising one or more nodes and one or more edges connecting said one or more nodes, wherein each of said one or more nodes is indicative of a worker from said first set of workers, wherein an edge from said one or more edges, connecting two workers from said first set of workers, is indicative of said two workers having worked together on at least one task, wherein each node is associated with a plurality of first parameters and a size of each node is determined based on a weighted sum of values of the plurality of first parameters, and wherein a thickness of each edge is indicative of a degree to which the two workers have worked together;
generating, by said one or more microprocessors, a graphical user interface on a display screen to display the graph, the graphical user interface displaying the nodes in an interactive manner such that a window is displayed within the graphical user interface to present information regarding the worker, when a requestor manipulates an input device to click on the node or hover over the node;
receiving an input, by said one or more microprocessors, from a requestor, to select a second set of workers from said first set of workers, based on the plurality of first parameters associated with each node in said graph and a plurality of second parameters associated with each edge in said graph;
establishing, by said one or more microprocessors, a communication channel between the requestor and the selected second set of workers to collaborate on the task;
receiving, by said one or more microprocessors, a response to the task from the second set of workers; and
updating, by said one or more microprocessors, the graph based on the response received from the second set of workers and based on a detection of an event corresponding to a non-availability of said first set of workers.

US Pat. No. 10,192,163

AUDIO PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS BASED ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Baidu Online Network Tech...

1. An audio processing method based on artificial intelligence, comprising:converting a to-be-processed audio to a to-be-processed picture;
extracting a content characteristic of the to-be-processed picture;
determining a target picture based on a style characteristic and the content characteristic of the to-be-processed picture, the style characteristic being obtained from a template picture converted from a template audio; and
converting the target picture to a processed audio,
wherein the extracting a content characteristic of the to-be-processed picture comprises:
inputting the to-be-processed picture into a pre-trained convolutional neural network, the convolutional neural network being used for extracting an image characteristic; and
determining a matrix output by at least one convolutional layer in the convolutional neural network as the content characteristic of the to-be-processed picture.

US Pat. No. 10,192,139

REMOTE TRACKING OF OBJECTS

ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRI...

1. A tracking system comprising:a sensing unit operable to communicate over a communication link with a control center located remotely from the sensing unit, the sensing unit comprising:
a processor;
a data-repository; and
an image sensor operable to capture a succession of images of a scene;
the sensing unit being operable to:
identify, using the processor, one or more objects in a first image in said succession of images;
tag, using the processor, at least one of said objects with a first object-tag, thereby generating a respective tagged object;
transmit, using the processor, sensing-data to said control center, said sensing-data including at least said first image;
store, using the data-repository, said first object-tag along with data indicative of a position of the respective tagged object;
trace, using the processor, the stored tagged object, from said first image in said succession of images to a later image in said succession of images, thereby maintaining a given object-tag associated with its respective tagged-object along said succession of images;
in case said position of the respective tagged object in said first image is changed in the later image, update, using the processor, the stored data indicative of the position of the respective tagged object stored in the data-repository;
receive, using the processor, a command from said control center, the command including a second object-tag incorporated in the command, the second object-tag being indicative of a selected object, and the command also including at least one instruction related to the selected object;
identify, using the processor, with the help of said first object-tag stored in the data-repository and the second object-tag received with the command, said selected object in a latest available captured image in said succession of images, wherein said identifying includes using the received second object-tag to search the data-repository for the stored first object-tag that corresponds to the second object-tag, and using the updated position data stored in the data-repository associated with the first object-tag to locate the selected object in the latest available captured image; and
execute, using the processor, said at least one instruction with respect to the selected object without being prevented by a time-delay between a time when the sensing unit acquires the latest available captured image with the selected object and a time when the corresponding command is received at the sensing unit due to the identifying of the selected object in the latest available captured image by using the first and second object-tags.

US Pat. No. 10,192,113

QUADOCULAR SENSOR DESIGN IN AUTONOMOUS PLATFORMS

PerceptIn, Inc., Santa C...

1. An apparatus for guiding an autonomous mobile unit, the apparatus including:a multi-ocular controller including at least four interfaces to couple with at least four cameras, each camera providing a field of view of 170 degrees to 210 degrees; and wherein the four cameras are configured into back-to-back pairs, whereby each pair of cameras provides at least a 360-degrees view, the multi-ocular controller including:
a synchronization signal generator to create a synchronization signal to provide to each of the cameras enabling the cameras to acquire images in time frames relative to one another;
a timestamp generator to create time stamps for images captured by the cameras, thereby maintaining a set of synchronized images in which images captured are tagged with a current timestamp;
a plurality of image pathways for conducting image information from each of the cameras to a Digital Signal Processor (DSP);
wherein the Digital Signal Processor (DSP) receives image information in frames of at least 3 Megabytes (3 MB) from a camera at a rate of at least 30 frames per second (FPS) via an Input/Output (I/O) interface and extract features from the image information;
a feature buffer including at least a first bank and a second bank to contain features extracted from the image information;
a buffer controller to trigger a notification to consumer processes that features are available in at least one of the first bank and the second bank of the feature buffer; wherein once the first bank is filled, the first bank is locked to further features from the DSP while features from the first bank are being consumed by the consumer processes; and
one or more processing cores to execute the consumer processes, including a mapping process that builds a map as a guided vehicle explores and an update process that compares features to the map, and to provide output of one or more of the mapping process and the update process to a guided vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,192,101

METHOD AND DEVICE TO SPEED UP FACE RECOGNITION

NAGRAVISION S.A., Chesea...

1. A method to customize an application associated with a television experience based on recognition of users located in front of a television display and in a field of view of a camera, the method comprising:performing, using at least one processor, an initialization operation comprising,
enrolling a plurality of users in a database of a computer system, each of the users associated with a profile including a profile ID,
acquiring a first wide image using the camera, the first wide image embracing a wide area to encompass all potential users located in front of the display,
isolating at least one user's face appearing on the first wide image,
defining at least one marking area surrounding each isolated face as a fast scanning area image, the fast scanning area corresponding to a position,
extracting biometric data of the face appearing inside a selected marking area of the at least one marking area from the fast scanning area image, and
associating the extracted biometric data with a profile ID; and
performing, using the at least one processor, an identification operation requested by the application comprising,
acquiring a second wide image with the camera,
extracting from the second wide image an active area according to the selected marking area as a second fast scanning area image,
extracting biometric data of a face appearing in the second fast scanning area image,
comparing the extracted biometric data of the second fast scanning area image with the biometric data of the profile ID assigned to the selected marking area, and in absence of a match, comparing the extracted biometric data with other biometric data of the database until one profile is found, and
transmitting the found profile ID to the application.

US Pat. No. 10,192,085

INSPECTION SYSTEM, INSPECTING DEVICE, AND GAMING CHIP

ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., ...

1. An inspection system that inspects gaming chips each having a color or a display indicating a value on an outer surface in a state where the gaming chips are stored in a case in which a maximum of the number of gaming chips to be stored is limited, a radio tag storing gaming chip information being embedded in each of the gaming chips, the gaming chips being stored in the case capable of containing a row of gaming chips stacked in a thickness direction, the inspection system comprising:a reading device that reads the radio tag of the gaming chip in the case and acquires gaming chip information of the gaming chip; and
a determining unit that compares the gaming chip information acquired by the reading device with the maximum of the number of gaming chips storable in the case and determines an abnormality of the gaming chip in the case when the number of gaming chips obtained from the gaming chip information acquired by the reading device is different from the maximum of the number of storable gaming chips.

US Pat. No. 10,192,022

GEOMETRIC MODELING SYSTEM WITH INTELLIGENT BEHAVIORS OF DESIGN COMPONENTS

IRONCAD, LLC, Atlanta, G...

1. A computer-aided design (CAD) geometric modeling system, comprising:a CAD software executable by at least one computing device, configured to implement a geometric model for each of a plurality of components;
a data store configured to store component information of the components, connector information of a plurality of connectors on the components, pairing rule information corresponding to a plurality of pairing rules, and intelligent rule information corresponding to a plurality of intelligent rules, wherein each of the connectors is an object assigned with a particular predetermined group of a plurality of predetermined groups and defined to be associated with a corresponding virtual location on the geometric model of each of the components, the pairing rules are rules governing pairing of the connectors, the intelligent rules are rules for applying additional actions as intelligent behaviors to the components of a matching pair, and the pairing rules and the intelligent rules are respectively associated with the connectors;
a connector building module executable by the at least one computing device, configured to add the connectors on the components explicitly by a CAD designer, or implicitly recognized by the connector building module automatically based on a geometry of the geometric model of each of the components or other rules;
a pairing module executable by the at least one computing device, configured to:
identify a first component;
identify at least one second component capable of matching the first component;
identify a plurality of first connectors on the first component and a plurality of second connectors on the second component, wherein the plurality of first connectors and the plurality of second connectors are assigned with the same predetermined group and form a plurality of formable matching pairs, and the formable matching pairs are formed only by the first connectors and the second connectors assigned with the same predetermined group; and
match the first component to the second component by selecting, from the plurality of formable matching pairs, a selected matching pair using one of the identified first connectors and one of the identified second connectors based on the pairing rules; and
an intelligent behavior module executable by the at least one computing device, configured to:
receive the intelligent rules associated with the one of the identified first connectors and the one of the identified second connectors of the selected matching pair to apply the intelligent behaviors to the components of the selected matching pair; and
invoke the intelligent behaviors applied to the components of the selected matching pair according to the intelligent rules associated with the one of the identified first connectors and the one of the identified second connectors of the selected matching pair.

US Pat. No. 10,191,984

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CANCELLING A QUERY

LOOKER DATA SCIENCES INC....

1. A method for querying a database, comprising:receiving, by a server computing device, a first query input from a client computing device over a network connection;
establishing a first non-blocking socket for the first query between the client computing device and the server computing device wherein the first non-blocking socket automatically returns an error code when the client computing device fails to transmit data to the server computing device over the network connection;
generating a first database query based on the first query input;
causing the first database query to begin executing against one or more databases;
receiving, by the server computing device, a second query input from the client computing device over the network connection and establishing a second non-blocking socket for the second query between the client computing device and the server computing device;
responsive to receiving the second query, performing, by the server computing device, a read request on the first non-blocking socket wherein the read request is an automated request to determine if the network connection exists between the client computing device and the server computing device for the first non-blocking socket;
receiving the error code in response to the read request on the first non-blocking socket;
determining whether the network connection exists between the client device and the server device based on the received error code for the first non-blocking socket;
executing a database instruction against the one or more databases, which causes the first database query to be cancelled when the server determines that the network connection does not exist between the client device and the server device for the first non-blocking socket; and
responsive to cancelling the first database query, generating a second database query based on the second query input and causing the second database query to begin executing against one or more databases.

US Pat. No. 10,191,973

PATENT ANALYTICS USING MAPREDUCE CLUSTERING

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A method, comprising:obtaining one or more patent cluster keywords to query one or more public patent databases;
obtaining one or more product cluster keywords to query one or more enterprise databases of an enterprise for patents related to a given product;
mapping said one or more public patent databases for at least one patent cluster;
reducing said map for said at least one patent cluster to obtain one or more reduced patent clusters;
mapping said one or more enterprise databases for a plurality of patents in said one or more enterprise databases related to said given product;
reducing said map for said one or more enterprise databases to identify a reduced plurality of patents of said enterprise related to said given product;
identifying one or more product patent clusters from said reduced patent clusters that comprise each of said reduced plurality of patents;
sorting said reduced patent clusters and said product patent clusters according to one or more criteria; and
comparing said sorted reduced patent clusters to said sorted product patent clusters to identify at least one of (i) one or more patents of said enterprise covering products of one or more of said enterprise and one or more competitors of said enterprise; (ii) a list of patent clusters where said enterprise does not have sufficient patent coverage for said given product; (iii) one or more third party patents covering at least one given product of said enterprise; and (iv) one or more technology areas where said enterprise needs one or more additional products.

US Pat. No. 10,191,958

STORAGE PROVISIONING IN A DATA STORAGE ENVIRONMENT

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A system for storage provisioning in a data storage environment, the system comprising:an orchestration API; and
computer-executable program code operating in memory coupled with a processor in communication with a database, wherein the computer-executable program code is configured to enable a processor to execute logic to enable:
receiving, through the orchestration API, a request to create a replicated volume, wherein the request comprises a source volume size, a source site, and a source volume protocol, wherein the source site indicates a location at which an uncreated source volume is to be created;
based on the request, protecting, through the orchestration API, a source volume at the source site by setting the source volume to be replicated to a target volume at a target site through the use of a replication appliance; wherein the API is enabled to create network zones between the source site and the target site for replication from the source site to the target site and wherein the network zone is configured to include the replication appliance; wherein the API is enabled to mask storage devices used to store data on the source volume and the target volume to a respective replication appliance cluster node.

US Pat. No. 10,191,857

MACHINE LEARNING FOR METADATA CACHE MANAGEMENT

Pure Storage, Inc., Moun...

1. A method comprising:measuring, for each of a plurality of address spaces, an amount of randomness in a plurality of accesses to the plurality of address spaces; and
evicting metadata stored in a cache that is associated with an address space corresponding to a measured amount of randomness that is greater than a particular threshold; wherein:
measuring said amount of randomness comprises:
capturing a plurality of addresses from the plurality of accesses;
generating a first frequency domain representation of a first plurality of addresses from the captured plurality of addresses, wherein the first plurality of addresses correspond to a first region of the logical address space, and wherein the first frequency domain representation has a first frequency distribution;
measuring an amount of randomness in the first frequency distribution by adding together frequency component values above a first cutoff frequency in the first frequency distribution;
identifying the first region as a relatively low random region responsive to determining the frequency component values above the first cutoff frequency are less than a first threshold; and
identifying the first region as a relatively high random region responsive to determining the frequency component values above the first cutoff frequency are greater than a first threshold;
wherein the plurality of accesses target a logical address space.

US Pat. No. 10,191,798

EXTENDED INTERFRAME SPACE (EIFS) EXEMPTIONS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. An apparatus for wireless communications, comprising:a first interface configured to obtain a frame received over a medium;
a processing system configured to:
detect an occurrence of an error when processing the frame;
determine an intended recipient of the frame based on information included in the frame; and
after detecting the occurrence of the error, select a deferral period based, at least in part, on the determination, wherein the selection comprises selecting a first deferral period if the determination is that the apparatus is not the intended recipient of the frame, wherein the first deferral period is greater than a second deferral period; and
a second interface configured to refrain from outputting a frame for transmission on the medium during the selected deferral period.

US Pat. No. 10,191,775

METHOD FOR EXECUTING QUERIES ON DATA CHUNKS USING GRAPHIC PROCESSING UNITS

SQREAM TECHNOLOGIES LTD.,...

1. A method for optimizing the throughput of hardware accelerators (HWAs), by maintaining a maximal rate of data transfer from storage units to the said HWAs, said method comprising the steps of:storing and managing, by a File-System, access to data on a plurality of storage modules in the computerized abstraction system's environment;
allocating a memory cache space, per each of the HWAs, to minimize the time required for reading data from storage instances to target HWAs;
allocating spoolers, per each of the HWAs, to buffer the input data, and ensure a continuous flow of input data in the target HWA's maximal input bandwidth;
wherein the said memory cache space is optimally allocated, by an Opaque File System, to cache the input data, and minimize the time required for reading data from storage modules to target HWAs;
wherein the said spoolers are optimally allocated, by the Opaque File System, to buffer the input data and ensure a continuous flow of input data, in the target HWA's maximal input bandwidth; and
wherein the allocation of said memory cache space and said spoolers is adapted dynamically according to the current quantities and properties of HWA and storage instances within the computerized system.

US Pat. No. 10,191,678

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DATA RE-PROTECTION WITH ERASURE CODING

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A computer-implemented method to provide data re-protection, comprising:encoding data using an erasure coding technique, wherein the encoding includes dividing the data into k data fragments (D), and
creating, from the data fragments, m redundant coding fragments (C) using a coding matrix, wherein the redundant coding fragments allow for recovery of one or more of the data fragments;
storing the data fragments and redundant coding fragments across a set of storage nodes of a distributed data storage system;
identifying a data fragment for removal from the set of storage nodes; and
performing a re-encoding to reflect the removal of the identified data fragment, wherein the re-encoding includes for each of the redundant coding fragments,
performing a calculation to obtain an updated coding fragment (C?), wherein the calculation is based on an operation performed using at least a portion of the coding matrix and the identified data fragment.

US Pat. No. 10,191,662

DYNAMIC ALLOCATION OF SEGMENTS IN A FLASH STORAGE SYSTEM

Pure Storage, Inc., Moun...

1. A method comprising:adjusting, by a host controller of a storage system during run-time, storage bandwidth for a storage system process responsive to an input output (I/O) write request to write data to the storage system that comprises a plurality of solid-state storage drives by:
calculating an allocation share for the storage system process requesting to write the data using a target ratio of open segments assigned to the storage system process, a target ratio of open segments assigned to other storage system processes having open segments, and a target number of open segments for the storage system; and
responsive to determining an open segment usage by the storage system process is under the allocation share for the storage system process, opening a new segment for the storage system process.

US Pat. No. 10,191,642

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR NAVIGATING AND SELECTING PROGRAMS

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

16. A non-transitory computer-readable information storage medium that stores a program including instructions that cause a computer to:display a menu image having one or more icons contained in the menu image, each icon associated with any one of a plurality of programs, on a display divided into a first region and a second region,
wherein the menu image is displayed in the first region of the display;
display in the first region of the display, when any one of the one or more icons is selected, a program-related image relating to a program associated with the selected icon, wherein the program related-image includes an activation image within the program related-image to be subjected to an operation of activating the program;
store a selected order of already-selected ones of the one or more icons;
display, when a slide operation in one direction along one side of the display is specified entirely in the second region on the display, another program-related image in the first region of the display, which is selected in accordance with the selected order and the one direction, and redisplay the menu image when a slide operation in an opposite direction to the one direction is specified in a state in which the program-related image associated with the icon selected most recently is displayed; and
activate, when an operation by the user is performed on the activation image included in the program-related image, the program relating to the program-related image, and display on the display an image generated by the program.

US Pat. No. 10,191,641

DEVICE, METHOD, AND GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR NAVIGATION OF INFORMATION IN A MAP-BASED INTERFACE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a display;
a touch-sensitive surface;
one or more processors;
memory; and
one or more programs, wherein the one or more programs are stored in the memory and configured to be executed by the one or more processors, the one or more programs including instructions for:
displaying a geographic map in a first mode of an application on the display, the geographic map including a plurality of landmarks, the geographic map being displayed at a first magnification level in a range of magnification levels;
detecting a first input on the touch-sensitive surface, the first input including a first contact at a location on the touch-sensitive surface that corresponds to a first landmark on the display;
in response to detecting the first input on the touch-sensitive surface:
when the first input does not satisfy one or more predefined mode-change conditions, changing the magnification level of the geographic map in accordance with the first input and remaining in the first mode of the application; and
when the first input satisfies the one or more predefined mode-change conditions, selecting the first landmark and entering a second mode of the application that is distinct from the first mode,
wherein the one or more predefined mode-change conditions include that the first magnification is a predefined magnification for changing to the second mode of the application;
while in the second mode of the application, detecting a second input on the touch-sensitive surface; and
in response to detecting the second input on the touch-sensitive surface, displaying information about the first landmark.

US Pat. No. 10,191,639

ATTRIBUTE IDENTIFIER AND ANALYZER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A system for identifying attributes included in a drawing, the system comprising:a processing unit configured to:
automatically identify a plurality of attributes associated with a drawing, wherein the plurality of attributes specify content within the drawing;
automatically assign a unique identifier to each of the plurality of attributes;
automatically create a symbol representing the assigned unique identifier for each of the plurality of attributes;
display the symbol for each of the plurality of attributes on the drawing; and
generate a report including the unique identifier assigned to each of the plurality of attributes.

US Pat. No. 10,191,636

GESTURE MAPPING FOR IMAGE FILTER INPUT PARAMETERS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method, comprising:obtain, by an electronic device, an image;
detecting, by the electronic device, a representation of a human face within the image;
selecting, by the electronic device, a focus area within the image corresponding to the representation of the human face;
receiving, by the electronic device, a selection of a first filter to apply to the image;
receiving input from one or more sensors integrated with the electronic device;
determining a value of a first input parameter for the first filter from the received input; and
applying the first filter to the focus area of the image to generate a first filtered image, the first input parameter having the determined value.

US Pat. No. 10,191,634

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR DISPLAYING DOCUMENT ON TOUCH SCREEN DISPLAY

Xiaomi Inc., Beijing (CN...

1. A method for displaying a document on a touch screen display of a terminal, comprising:displaying, by the terminal, an edge region of an electronic document on the touch screen display, the edge region containing an edge of the electronic document and one or more display elements each corresponding to a sub-region of an electronic document, wherein one or more display elements comprise a plurality rows of thumbnails and two adjacent rows of thumbnails are separated by an interval with a preset width;
detecting, by the terminal, a movement of an object acting on the touch screen display along a moving direction; and
in response to detecting the movement of the object in the moving direction, stretching, for display, at least one row of thumbnails in the moving direction away from the edge while maintaining the interval with the preset width unchanged between stretched rows of thumbnails and maintaining display states of remaining consecutive rows of thumbnails including a row of display elements which are closest to the edge unchanged, the one or more display elements not being stretched in a direction perpendicular to the direction away from the edge,
wherein a stretch ratio for each of the thumbnails positively correlates to a distance between a stretched thumbnail and the edge, the larger the distance between the stretched thumbnail and the edge is, the larger a stretch ratio for the stretched thumbnail is, and wherein two different rows of thumbnails have two different stretch ratios based on the difference distances.

US Pat. No. 10,191,632

INPUT APPARATUS AND MEDICAL IMAGE APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME

SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD....

1. An input apparatus for medical imaging, comprising:an input configured to receive a command related to operations of a medical imaging apparatus from a user;
a touch screen configured to display a plurality of target objects having different variables related to specular characteristics of a medical image, which is outputted from the medical imaging apparatus; and
an image processor configured to determine the specular characteristics by tracing a path of light of each pixel included in the medical image and calculating a light effect of the light,
wherein the touch screen displays the plurality of target objects as three-dimensional images entirely on one screen,
wherein the touch screen receives a selection of one of the plurality of target objects,
wherein the different variables of the plurality of target objects are displayed as a combination on a Cartesian coordinate system on the touch screen so that an x-axis represents one specular characteristics of the medical image and a y-axis represents another specular characteristics of the medical image, and
wherein the specular characteristics comprises specular brightness, specular sharpness, specular smoothness, and specular roughness.

US Pat. No. 10,191,628

ENVIRONMENT FOR DESIGNING A DYNAMIC MULTIMEDIA CONTENT PRESENTATION

Emmi Solutions, LLC, Chi...

1. A system for facilitating authoring of an interactive multimedia pack, the system comprising:(a) a controller configured to transmit to a display device display data representing a plurality of interfaces to be simultaneously displayed for defining a flow between a plurality of pages of an interactive multimedia presentation (“IMP”) that each include a plurality of content assets visual or audible in nature and for selecting the plurality of content assets for each of the pages, the plurality of interfaces including: (i) a first one or more interfaces that a user may interact with to select content assets to be presented when pages of the IMP are presented, and (ii) a second interface that a user may interact with to define the flow between the plurality of pages of the IMP;
(b) one or more input devices coupled to the controller, wherein the controller is configured to receive from the one or more input devices: (i) first input data representing a plurality of content assets selected using the first one or more interfaces, and (ii) second input data representing a flow-definition made using the second interface, the flow-definition including a first flow from a first page to a second page representing a first version of a portion of the IMP, a second flow from the first page to a third page representing a second version of the portion of the IMP, and one or more conditions to be evaluated at run-time by a rules engine for selecting a flow from the first flow and the second flow based, at least in part, on the type of communication channel utilized to present the IMP;
(c) one or more memory devices coupled to the controller, the one or more memory devices storing:
(i) first page data generated by the controller and representing the first page of the IMP, the first page data referencing the selected content asset;
(ii) a record of rules generated by the controller according to the flow-definition represented by the second input data, the record of rules including the one or more conditions for selecting a flow from the first flow and the second flow;
(d) one or more servers coupled to the one or more memory devices, the one or more servers configured to:
(i) analyze the first page data to identify the selected content asset referenced by the first page data and to transmit to a client device the selected content asset for presentation by the client device of the first page;
(ii) evaluate the one or more conditions included in the record of rules stored at the one or more memory devices;
(iii) when the evaluation of the one or more conditions produces a first result: analyze second page data representing the second page to identify, and to transmit to the client device for presentation, content assets referenced by the second page data so that the client device can present the second page after the first page has been presented; and
(iv) when the evaluation of the one or more conditions produces a second result: analyze third page data representing the third page to identify, and to transmit to the client device for presentation, content assets referenced by the third page data so that the client device can present the third page after the first page has been presented.

US Pat. No. 10,191,608

METHOD FOR PROVIDING MESSAGE FUNCTION AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a touch screen display;
a communication unit; and
a processor configured to:
control the touch screen display to display a chat window for one or more messages in a chronological order and a text input window,
receive a first input for inputting text information into the text input window,
receive a second input for applying an effect to the inputted text information displayed in the text input window,
control the touch screen display to display, in response to receiving the second input, a list of effects, the list of effects comprising a hiding effect, applicable to the inputted text information,
receive a third input for selecting the hiding effect among the list of effects applicable to the inputted text information,
control the touch screen display to display the inputted text information in a hidden state, in response to receiving the third input, and
control the communication unit to transmit a message including the inputted text information and the hiding effect information to a counterpart electronic device in response to a transmission request, wherein the hiding effect information included in the transmitted message causes the text information of the transmitted message to be initially displayed in the hidden state on the counterpart electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,191,592

TOUCH-CONTROL DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE, AND DRIVING METHOD OF DISPLAY PANEL

XIAMEN TIANMA MICRO-ELECT...

1. A display panel, comprising:a plurality of touch electrodes disposed on a first substrate, wherein the plurality of touch electrodes are used for touch position detection in a touch position detection period, and at least certain number of the plurality of touch electrodes are multiplexed as first pressure sensing electrodes in a touch force detection period; and
a second pressure sensing electrode disposed on a second substrate facing the first substrate and in a grid-shape, wherein orthogonal projection of the first pressure sensing electrodes on the second substrate is at least partially overlapped with the second pressure sensing electrode,
wherein, in the touch force detection period, the first pressure sensing electrodes and the second pressure sensing electrode are used together to detect a touch force applied on the display panel,
the second pressure sensing electrode includes grid lines and grid openings surrounded by the grid lines, and
orthogonal projections, on the first substrate, of at least certain number of the grid openings in the second pressure sensing electrode overlap with corresponding first pressure sensing electrodes disposed on the first substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,191,540

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A BLENDED REALITY USER INTERFACE AND GESTURE CONTROL SYSTEM

Rouslan Lyubomirov Dimitr...

1. A blended reality user interface and gesture control system, the system comprising:one or more sensors;
a head-mounted display; and
a blending engine, the blending engine being configured to:
receive a live reality feed;
receive a virtual reality feed;
track movement of a user using the one or more sensors;
detect a command based on the tracked movement;
blend the live reality feed and the virtual reality feed into a blended view based on the detected command by projecting the live reality feed onto the blended view at a projection distance from a location corresponding to a position of a camera capturing the live reality feed in a blended environment corresponding to the blended view; and
display the blended view on the head-mounted display.

US Pat. No. 10,191,521

HUB-LINK LIQUID COOLING SYSTEM

Coolanyp, LLC, Kirkland,...

1. A liquid cooling system, comprising: a first-heat spreading apparatus having a solid body defining a node-path network that includes a plurality of nodes and a plurality of paths, wherein individual paths of the plurality of paths are internal capillary channels and individual nodes of the plurality of nodes join two or more of the internal capillary channels: a two phase working fluid contained with the node-path network of the heat spreading apparatus: a cooling hub, in conductive thermal contact with the heat spreading apparatus: a cooling medium contained within a cooling loop that extends at least partially through the cooling hub: and a circulation pump configured to circulate the cooling medium within the cooling loop: wherein the node-path network of the heat spreading apparatus has a self-organized criticality for flow of the two-phase working fluid therein.

US Pat. No. 10,191,497

LAUNCH-CONTROLLED UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

NIXIE LABS, INC., Palo A...

1. A computer-implemented method for operating an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:detecting at least one parameter of a motion of the UAV, wherein the at least one detected parameter includes at least one of a velocity or an acceleration imparted to the UAV by a hand of a user as the user releases the UAV for flight;
based at least in part on the at least one detected parameter, establishing a flight path for the UAV; and
directing the UAV to fly the flight path.

US Pat. No. 10,191,486

UNMANNED SURVEYOR

Aveopt, Inc., Ann Arbor,...

1. A system comprising:(A) an unmanned surveyor including:
(i) a vehicle;
(ii) a camera carried by the vehicle; and
(iii) a control system disposed on the vehicle and communicatively connected to the camera, the control system configured to:
capture a real-world scene via the camera;
wirelessly transmit an image signal representing the real-world scene; and
(iv) a laser range finder configured to lase a target in the real-world scene;
(B) a controller communicatively coupled to the unmanned surveyor via a wireless link, the controller including:
(i) a communication interface configured to wirelessly receive the image signal transmitted by the control system of the unmanned surveyor via the wireless link;
(ii) a headset configured to display the real-world scene based on the image signal;
(iii) an actuator configured to be actuated by a user;
(iv) a processor communicatively connected to the communication interface, the headset, and the actuator, the processor configured to: detect an actuation of the actuator; respond to the detected actuation by transmitting a command, via the communication interface, to cause the unmanned surveyor to lase the target in the real-world scene in order to determine a position of the target; and display, via the headset, an anchor point within the real-world scene at the position of the target.

US Pat. No. 10,191,484

RIDER CONTROLLED TRACKLESS RIDE SYSTEM

Oceaneering International...

12. A method of dispatching a trackless vehicle along a set of predetermined ride paths of a trackless ride system comprising a ride path comprising a plurality of optional predefined paths; a controllable wireless, trackless ride vehicle dispatchable and maneuverable along the ride path, the wireless, trackless ride vehicle comprising a controllable, motive trackless ride vehicle track navigator and an independent vehicle controller operatively in communication with the track navigator; a communicator operatively in communication with the independent vehicle controller, the communicator comprising a vehicle mounted rider interface adapted to capture discrete input from a predetermined set of wireless, trackless ride vehicle riders associated with the trackless ride vehicle; and a central controller operatively in communication with the independent vehicle controller, the method comprising:a. using the independent vehicle controller to receive a rider path selection request from a rider associated with the trackless ride vehicle to advance the trackless ride vehicle onto an optional predefined path of a plurality of optional predefined paths via the vehicle mounted rider interface;
b. upon receipt of the rider selection request, validating the rider selection request against a predetermined set of validation criteria; and
c. upon validation, commanding the trackless ride vehicle to proceed onto the requested optional predefined path.

US Pat. No. 10,191,470

WELDING MACHINE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

AMADA HODLINGS CO., LTD.,...

1. A welding machine comprising:a camera that photographs a master product to obtain a photographed master image and that photographs a workpiece to obtain a photographed workpiece image;
an operation unit by which an operator indicates coordinates on the photographed master image;
a computer that
performs operations using the photographed master image, comprising:
receiving first coordinates on the photographed master image, the first coordinates being indicated on a master constant surface by the operation unit, the master constant surface being a region of the master product determined to lack a positional deviation with respect to a master welding point on the master product, the master welding point being a welding point set by a processing program for welding the master product;
extracting a master edge image of the master product from the photographed master image;
acquiring a master constant surface region of the master constant surface including the first coordinates; and
acquiring a master constant edge image based on the master edge image and the master constant surface region, the master constant edge image including a first edge image of the master constant surface region; and
performs operations using the photographed workpiece image, comprising:
extracting a workpiece edge image of the workpiece from the photographed workpiece image;
acquiring a workpiece constant surface region including second coordinates of a position on the photographed workpiece image, the second coordinates being obtained based on the first coordinates;
acquiring a workpiece constant edge image based on the workpiece edge image and the workpiece constant surface region, the workpiece constant edge image including a second edge image of the workpiece constant surface region;
performing pattern-matching between the master constant edge image and the workpiece constant edge image so as to match the first edge image and the second edge image to acquire a first deviation amount between the master constant edge image and the workpiece constant edge image as a correction amount for a workpiece welding point, wherein the workpiece welding point is set by the processing program and is a point at which the workpiece is welded; and
correcting the workpiece welding point by the correction amount to generate a corrected processing program for welding the workpiece; and
a welding robot that welds the workpiece based on the corrected processing program.

US Pat. No. 10,191,458

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INTERFACING A PLURALITY OF REMOTE DEVICES TO A PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLER (PLC)

3-CI Partnership, Calgar...

1. An apparatus for interfacing a plurality of remote devices to a programmable logic controller (PLC), the apparatus comprising:a plurality of input/output circuits, each of the input/output circuits having a connector for coupling to a particular one of the remote devices;
a central controller; and
an internal bus to which each of the input/output circuits and the central controller are coupled;
wherein each input/output circuit communicates with the central controller via the internal bus regarding state changes of the particular remote device coupled to that input/output circuit;
the central controller communicates with the programmable logic controller (PLC) through a communication path different than the internal bus regarding state changes of all the remote devices;
the input/output circuits are coupled to the internal bus in a series starting with a first input/output circuit and finishing with a last input/output circuit;
a power line of the internal bus provides power to each of the input/output circuits;
the apparatus includes a plurality of switches intermediate each of the input/output circuits through which the power line of the internal bus is daisy chained;
at a start of an initialization phase, the switches are configured such that only the first input/output circuit has power turned on, and the central controller assigns a unique address to the first input/output circuit; and
during the initialization phase, each of the switches are configured one by one such that only a next input/output circuit in the series has power turned on and the central controller then assigns a unique address to the next input/output circuit, the initialization phase continuing until the last input/output circuit has been assigned a unique address;
whereby, after the initialization phase is finished, the central controller can individually send commands to and receive data from each input/output circuit via the internal bus.

US Pat. No. 10,191,424

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING SWITCHING FROM MONOCHROME IMAGE FORMING MODE TO COLOR IMAGE FORMING MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit comprising a plurality of image forming stations configured to form images of different colors, the image forming unit being capable of operating in a first mode of performing image formation using only a first image forming station for a predetermined color among the plurality of image forming stations, and a second mode of performing image formation using the plurality of image forming stations; and
a controller configured to control the image formation in the first mode and the image formation in the second mode,
wherein, in a case where the controller determines that switching to the image formation in the second mode occurs after the image formation in the first mode, the controller controls the image forming unit so that a second image forming station, which performs image formation first in the second mode among the plurality of image forming stations, starts a preparation operation of the second image forming station and the image formation by the second image forming station before the first image forming station ends the image formation in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 10,191,395

THERMAL CONDITIONING UNIT, LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

ASML Neatherlands B.V., ...

1. A thermal conditioning unit to thermally condition a substrate, the thermal conditioning unit comprising:a thermal conditioning element comprising a first layer, in use, facing the substrate and comprising a material having a thermal conductivity of 100 W/m·K or more, a second layer and a heat transfer component positioned between the first and second layers; and
a stiffening member which is stiffer than the thermal conditioning element and configured to support the thermal conditioning element so as to reduce mechanical deformation thereof, the stiffening member arranged such that the second layer is positioned between the heat transfer component and the stiffening member,
wherein the thermal conditioning element is supported on the stiffening member in a non-contacting manner.

US Pat. No. 10,191,364

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OMNIDIRECTIONAL IMAGE DISPLAY

360Brandvision, Inc., La...

1. A display system comprising:a plurality of image source surfaces each comprising a black translucent rear projection material disposed within a base frame, each of the black translucent rear projection materials having a top surface and a bottom surface and arranged to present an image;
an upper frame object comprising a plurality of display surfaces, wherein each one of the plurality of display surfaces is aligned with the top surface of one of the image source surfaces, thereby arranged to reflect one of the images so that content from the images is visible from all points along an arc extending around the object for more than 180° within a plane, wherein the display surfaces are provided by reflective polyethylene terephthalate foil mounted on the upper frame object;
a plurality of digital projectors mounted in the base frame, each one of the plurality of digital projectors oriented to project light onto the bottom surface of one of the image source surfaces; and
a cooling system including a fan mounted directly to the base frame and a heat sink mounted within the base frame, wherein the display surfaces and base frame containing the digital projectors and cooling system are pre-fabricated and configured to be transported in one piece.

US Pat. No. 10,191,352

OPTICAL COMPONENT FOR MODULATING A LIGHT FIELD AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft z...

1. An optical component, being configured for modulating a light field incident on the optical component, wherein the light field has a predetermined center wavelength, comprisinga stack of refractive layers being arranged on a substrate, being made of materials having a third-order nonlinearity, and having alternatingly varying refractive indices (n), including a linear contribution (n0) and a non-linear contribution (n2), and determining reflectance and transmittance spectra of the optical component, wherein
the refractive layers are configured such that reflectance and transmittance of the optical component have a Kerr effect based dependency on the intensity (I) of the incident light field with n=n0+I·n2, wherein
the refractive layers are made of at least one of dielectric and semiconductor layers, and
the non-linear contribution (n2) is below 10?12 cm2/W, wherein the optical component has at least one of the following features:
the dielectric layers are made of at least one of Ta2O5, Nb2O5, HfO2, TiO2, ZrO2, Al2O3 and SiO2, and
the semiconductor layers are made of at least one of Ge, Si and ZnSe.

US Pat. No. 10,191,301

CORNEAL REMODELLING CONTACT LENSES AND METHODS OF TREATING REFRACTIVE ERROR USING CORNEAL REMODELLING

Brien Holden Vision Insti...

1. A contact lens for treating an eye with myopia, the contact lens comprising:an optic zone having a refractive first power, which corrects distance vision of the eye, the optic zone comprising a central zone and an outer zone surrounding the central zone, and
a structural profile to effect flattening remodeling of the cornea of the eye when the contact lens is fitted to the eye,
wherein the central zone has an increased thickness relative to the outer zone, the increased thickness providing at least part of said structural profile to effect flattening remodelling of the cornea; and
wherein the central optic zone has a positive differential power of between 0.5 D and 4.0 D, which is positive relative to the first power.

US Pat. No. 10,191,299

ZONE EXTENSION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

AMO Development, LLC, Sa...

1. A method of performing a prescriptive treatment on an optical system of a patient, through use of a computer, the method comprising:inputting an original normalized Zernike expansion coefficient for the optical system, the original normalized Zernike expansion coefficient associated with a first pupil dimension;
calculating a modified normalized Zernike expansion coefficient for the optical system, the modified normalized Zernike expansion coefficient associated with a second pupil dimension, the second pupil dimension greater than the first pupil dimension;
determining a treatment for the optical system of the patient based on the modified normalized Zernike expansion coefficient, wherein the modified normalized Zernike expansion coefficient is calculated based on the original normalized Zernike expansion coefficient scaled by a scaling factor, the scaling factor comprising a ratio of the second pupil dimension to the first pupil dimension, the ratio raised to the power of a factor comprising a radial degree of the coefficient; and
performing the prescriptive treatment according to the treatment determined, wherein the prescriptive treatment comprises a member selected from the group consisting of an intraocular lens treatment, a contact lens treatment, and a refractive laser treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,191,292

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LIGHT MODULATION

Carl Zeiss Microscopy Gmb...

1. A modulation device for modulating a light beam, comprising:a spectral splitter to split an input light beam into at least two partial light beams having different spectral ranges,
a spatial light modulator,
an optical device to direct the at least two partial light beams to different locations of the spatial light modulator,
wherein the spatial light modulator is configured to modulate the at least two partial light beams,
wherein the optical device is further configured to direct the at least two partial light beams after modulation from the spatial light modulator to the spectral splitter, wherein the spectral splitter is further configured to combine the at least two partial light beams after modulation to form an output light beam,
wherein at least two of the at least two partial light beams pass through the modulation device in mutually opposite directions; and
wherein the optical device comprises a first mirror and a second mirror, wherein the at least two partial light beams comprise a first partial light beam and a second partial light beam, wherein the first mirror is arranged to direct the first partial light beam from the spectral splitter to the spatial light modulator and to direct the second partial light beam after modulation from the spatial light modulator to the spectral splitter, wherein the second mirror is arranged to direct the second partial light beam from the spectral splitter to the spatial light modulator and to direct the first partial light beam after modulation from the spatial light modulator to the spectral splitter.

US Pat. No. 10,191,291

MAGNIFIED-LOOK DIAMOND JEWELRY

H.K. DESIGNS INC., New Y...

1. A jewelry setting, comprising:a magnifying lens having a given diametrical size;
a band configured to hold and support the magnifying lens;
a precious stone having a diametrical size substantially smaller than the diametrical size of the magnifying lens and a table surface facing the magnifying lens, said precious stone being located centrally below the magnifying lens, the precious stone being spaced away from the magnifying lens;
a precious stone setting configured to stationarily support the precious stone directly below the magnifying lens, at such position relative to the magnifying lens as to produce a magnified image of the precious stone at a top surface of the magnifying lens; and
the precious stone setting being affixed to the band that holds the magnifying lens by a plurality of prongs, each said prong having one end attached to the band and another end attached to a stone setting which physically holds the precious stone.

US Pat. No. 10,191,285

HEAD MOUNTED DISPLAY AND GAZE DETECTION SYSTEM

FOVE, INC., San Mateo, C...

1. A head mounted display that is mounted on the head of a user and used, the head mounted display comprising:an irradiation unit that irradiates the eyes of the user with invisible light;
a display that causes a light emitting element that emits light including the invisible light to emit the light and displays an image for the user to view;
an imaging device capable of capturing an image formed by the invisible light; and
an output unit that outputs an image captured by the imaging device as an image for gaze detection,
wherein the display includes a coated surface formed on a surface thereof that transmits the visible light and reflects the invisible light,
the coated surface prevents the invisible light emitted from the display from reaching the imaging device, and
the imaging device images the eyes of the user using the invisible light radiated from the irradiation unit, reflected by the eyes of the user, and reflected by the coated surface.

US Pat. No. 10,191,267

MICROSCOPE SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A microscope system comprising:a stage configured to have a specimen placed thereon;
a light emitting diode configured to emit illumination light for illuminating the specimen;
an optical system configured to condense the illumination light emitted by the light emitting diode and irradiate the specimen with the illumination light;
an input unit configured to receive an input of a light control signal that adjusts a light amount of the light emitting diode; and
a control unit configured to:
determine whether the light control signal instructs to decrease or increase the light amount of the light emitting diode,
when the light control signal instructs to decrease the light amount of the light emitting diode, control the light amount of the light emitting diode to instantly have a value according to the light control signal, and
when the light control signal instructs to increase the light amount of the light emitting diode, select a predetermined time from among a plurality of values to control the light amount of the light emitting diode to become a light amount according to the light control signal by delaying the light control signal by the predetermined time from a timing when the light control signal is input, by changing the light amount of the light emitting diode to become the light amount according to the light control signal in a stepwise manner within the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,191,264

REAL-TIME FOCUSING IN LINE SCAN IMAGING

LEICA BIOSYSTEMS IMAGING,...

1. A system comprising:an objective lens having an optical field of view;
a stage configured to support a sample;
at least one focusing line sensor positioned within a first optical path of the optical field of view and configured to receive a first portion of the optical field of view from the objective lens;
at least one imaging line sensor positioned within a second optical path of the optical field of view and configured to receive a second portion of the optical field of view from the objective lens while the at least one focusing line sensor receives the first portion of the optical field of view from the objective lens; and
at least one processor that controls one or more of the stage and the objective lens,
wherein, within the optical field of view, the first portion is spaced apart from the second portion by a distance h which satisfies 0

US Pat. No. 10,191,252

PHOTOGRAPHING OPTICAL LENS SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD...

1. A photographing optical lens system comprising at least six lens elements, wherein the photographing optical lens system comprises:at least one cemented lens group cemented by two of the lens elements adjacent to each other, wherein the at least one cemented lens group comprises, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first cemented lens element having a cemented image-side surface being aspheric;
a cemented layer having a cemented object-side surface and a cemented image-side surface; and
a second cemented lens element having a cemented object-side surface being aspheric;
wherein an aspheric coefficient of the cemented image-side surface of the first cemented lens element is different from an aspheric coefficient of the cemented object-side surface of the second cemented lens element, a central thickness of the cemented layer is CLT, and the following condition is satisfied:
5 ?m?CLT?100 ?m; and
wherein one of the lens elements closest to an imaged object has positive refractive power.

US Pat. No. 10,191,242

MOVEABLE MIRROR ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE CASE

Scandit AG, Zurich (CH)

1. A case for a portable electronic device having a display screen on a front of the portable electronic device, the case comprising:a housing having a shape fitted at least in part to a shape of at least a portion of an exterior of the portable electronic device and arranged to receive and hold the at least the portion of the portable electronic device, the housing comprising:
a first opening on a front surface of the housing to correspond to a position of the display screen on the front of the portable electronic device when the portable electronic device is disposed in the housing;
a protrusion extending from a back surface of the housing and integrated with the housing, the protrusion having a protrusion top surface, the protrusion being arranged to extend away from a back of the portable electronic device when the portable electronic device is disposed in the housing;
at least one second opening in the protrusion top surface of the protrusion from the housing; and
at least one optical element, disposed within the protrusion from the housing, to convey light between the at least one second opening in the protrusion top surface of the housing and the back of the portable electronic device when the portable electronic device is disposed in the housing, the at least one optical element comprising at least one light-redirecting component arranged in the protrusion so as to redirect light entering the at least one second opening in the protrusion top surface of the protrusion, when the portable electronic device is disposed in the housing, to a camera disposed on the back of the portable electronic device,
wherein:
the protrusion comprises one or more mounting elements, disposed inside the protrusion, to provide a mount that is angled with respect to the back of the portable electronic device and angled with respect to the protrusion top surface; and
the at least one light-redirecting component is mounted on the one or more mounting elements so as to be mounted angled with respect to the back of the portable electronic device and angled with respect to the protrusion top surface.

US Pat. No. 10,191,238

FIBER OPTIC CABLE MANAGEMENT KIT AND CHASSIS

DMSI International, Veni...

1. A fiber optic cable management kit, comprising:a plate adapted to secure to a chassis floor, the plate comprising a plurality of slide-lock apertures disposed through a top face of the plate, the plurality of slide-lock apertures comprising a first group of slide-lock apertures and a second group of slide-lock apertures spaced apart from the first group of slide-lock apertures, wherein each of the first and second groups of slide-lock apertures comprise first slide-lock apertures oriented in a first direction and second slide-lock apertures orientated in a second direction opposite the first direction;
a cable tie down adapted to slide-lock engage the plate, the cable tie down comprising a slide-lock engagement feature and a compliant mechanism each adapted to engage in one of the plurality of slide-lock apertures of the plate, the cable tie down further comprising opposing first and second rows of spaced apertures adapted to receive cable tie downs therethrough; and
a fiber organizer adapted to slide-lock engage the plate, the fiber organizer comprising a slide-lock engagement feature and a compliant mechanism each adapted to engage in one of the plurality of slide-lock apertures of the plate, the fiber organizer further comprising a plurality of spaced parallel arcuate walls each capped with a cable retention feature configured to retain at least one cable between adjacent ones of the spaced parallel arcuate walls, the cable retention feature comprising first and second spaced projections extending perpendicularly from a respective parallel arcuate wall in a direction of an adjacent parallel arcuate wall.

US Pat. No. 10,191,224

OPTICAL RECEPTACLE

Toto Ltd., Fukuoka (JP)

1. An optical receptacle, comprising:a fiber stub including an optical fiber, a ferrule, a transparent member and an elastic member, the optical fiber including cladding and a core for conducting light, the ferrule having a through-hole fixing the optical fiber, the elastic member being disposed in the through-hole of the ferrule with the optical fiber; and
a holder holding the fiber stub,
wherein the through-hole of the ferrule includes a small diameter portion having the optical fiber disposed therein, a large diameter portion having a slit which has a constant width and which passes through a central axis of the ferrule, and the transparent member is disposed on a bottom surface of the slit.

US Pat. No. 10,191,199

DISPLAY INCLUDING A FILM LIGHTGUIDE BENT AROUND A GUIDE ELEMENT

Flex Lighting II, LLC, C...

1. A display comprising:a light source;
a spatial light modulator with a first outer surface and an active area;
a film including a body having an inner surface and an opposing outer surface in a thickness direction of the film, the body of the film comprising a light emitting region defined by a plurality of light extracting features, the light emitting region is positioned adjacent the active area of the spatial light modulator in the thickness direction and is substantially parallel to the first outer surface of the spatial light modulator;
a light input region of the film configured to receive light emitted from the light source;
a light mixing region of the film positioned along the film between the light input region and the light emitting region such that the light emitted from the light source propagates by total internal reflection from the light input region, through the light mixing region, and into the light emitting region in a total internal reflection condition, wherein the light extracting features redirect a portion of the light out of the film in the light emitting region toward the spatial light modulator; and
a guide element positioned along a first edge of the spatial light modulator, the guide element having a surface curved in a first plane comprising the thickness direction of the film, wherein
the film is folded along the curved surface of the guide element at a first fold in the first plane such that the first fold positions a portion of the light mixing region above or below the active area of the spatial light modulator in the thickness direction;
the light mixing region comprises the first fold; and
the inner surface of the film in the light mixing region is curved along the curved surface of the guide element at the first fold and is in contact with the curved surface at the first fold.

US Pat. No. 10,191,175

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MAPPING A GEOLOGICAL STRUCTURE OF A FORMATION ON ONE SIDE OF A SURFACE USING MAGNETIC MOMENTS OF DIFFERENT VALUES

Skytem Survey APS, Aarhu...

1. A method for mapping geological structures of a formation on a side of a surface, comprising:generating a magnetic moment using at least one magnetic moment generator to build up a magnetic field in the formation in an on-period, wherein the magnetic moment is positioned on another side of the surface;
changing the magnetic moment to change the magnetic field; and
making at least one record in a recording device at a recording time trecord in an off-period, wherein the record includes at least a representation of the change in the magnetic field and/or a representation of the magnetic field obtained by a B/E-measuring unit;
wherein the on-period is separated from the off-period by the act of changing the magnetic moment;
wherein the acts of generating, changing, and making are performed to execute a first sequence;
wherein the method further comprises repeating one or more of the acts of generating, changing, and making to execute a second sequence, each of the first and second sequences lasting a sequence period and comprising at least one moment period;
wherein in each of the first and second sequences, a plurality of magnetic moments are generated;
wherein the first and second sequences are executed at a same position or at positions that are separated by a maximum distance of 50 m;
wherein the at least one magnetic moment generator is configured to be carried by an airborne vehicle;
wherein the second sequence is consecutive to the first sequence, and wherein the first and second sequences are consecutively repeated; and
wherein each magnetic moment in the repeated consecutive first and second sequences has at least one adjacent magnetic moment having a different maximum absolute magnetic moment.

US Pat. No. 10,191,156

VARIABLE FLUX ALLOCATION WITHIN A LIDAR FOV TO IMPROVE DETECTION IN A REGION

INNOVIZ TECHNOLOGIES LTD....

1. A LIDAR system, comprising:at least one processor configured to:
control at least one light source in a manner enabling light intensity to vary over a scan of a field of view using light from the at least one light source;
control at least one light deflector to deflect light from the at least one light source in order to scan the field of view;
obtain an identification of at least one distinct region of interest in the field of view;
during a first scanning cycle, cause light to be projected at a first light intensity toward at least one field of view pixel associated with the at least one distinct region of interest, wherein the at least one field of view pixel corresponds to a portion of the field of view from which reflected light is translated into a single data point; and
following the first scanning cycle and during at least one subsequent second scanning cycle, increase light allocation to the at least one distinct region of interest relative to other regions in the field of view by causing light to be projected at a second light intensity, higher than the first light intensity, toward the at least one field of view pixel associated with the at least one distinct region of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,191,153

AUGMENTED REALITY SONAR IMAGERY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

FLIR Systems, Inc., Wils...

1. A system comprising:a portable imaging device comprising a display and an imager position and/or orientation sensor (IPOS);
a sonar transducer assembly adapted to be mounted to a mobile structure and placed in a body of water; and
a logic device in communication with the sonar transducer assembly and the portable imaging device, wherein the logic device is configured to:
determine a waterline of the body of water relative to a field of view (FOV) of the display; and
render sonar data in a portion of the FOV that extends below the waterline.

US Pat. No. 10,191,149

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SEMANTIC SENSING

LUCOMM TECHNOLIGIES, INC....

1. A semantic sensing system comprising:a first sensing entity;
a semantic engine coupled with the first sensing entity;
a memory associated with the semantic engine, the memory storing a plurality of semantics;
the memory further storing
a first semantic inference rule for a composite semantic comprising a group semantic;
the semantic engine further being configured to perform a control action by:
inferring the composite semantic based on an input from the first sensing entity at a first time and the first semantic inference rule;
adjusting a weight for the composite semantic based on an external input;
and performing the control action based on the adjusted weight for the composite semantic.

US Pat. No. 10,191,142

DIGITAL FREQUENCY MODULATED CONTINUOUS WAVE RADAR USING HANDCRAFTED CONSTANT ENVELOPE MODULATION

Uhnder, Inc., Austin, TX...

1. A method for determining a frequency modulation of a continuous wave radar for a vehicle, the method comprising:generating, with a code generator, a symbol stream comprising a time-sequence of modulating symbols, each symbol belonging to a limited set of symbols having unique numerical values;
feeding the symbol stream through one of (i) a shaping and (ii) filtering process to obtain a sequence of shaped or filtered symbols, respectively, comprising multiple sample values per symbol period, wherein the sample values represent samples of the shaped or filtered symbols at instants separated by intervals of a fraction of a time period between successive symbols;
calculating, with a waveform selection module, for the sample instants, (I, Q) samples of I and Q waveforms resulting from frequency modulating a carrier signal with the sequence of modulating symbols, wherein each I value is equal to a cosine of resulting instantaneous carrier phases at the sample instants, and each Q value is equal to a sine of the instantaneous carrier phases at the sample instants;
for each selected set of symbol values for a plurality of successive symbols on which a waveform is to depend, producing an average waveform over all symbol values outside the selected set of symbol values; and on which the waveform is not to depend, superimposing all waveforms within plus and minus half a symbol period of the center symbol of each selected set of symbols having the same set of values and averaging the superimposed I, Q samples to produce for each selected set of symbols an averaged set of I, Q samples, and an average waveform, wherein each selected set of symbol values for a plurality of successive symbols are corresponding selected patterns of the successive symbols; and
recording, with the waveform selection module, final I, Q values to be stored in a memory for subsequent use in producing the frequency modulation in the frequency modulated continuous wave radar.

US Pat. No. 10,191,124

SENSOR CIRCUIT

SII Semiconductor Corpora...

1. A sensor circuit configured to perform intermittent operation that includes an active period and a sleep period, comprising:a physical quantity detection unit configured to output a physical quantity detection signal that has one of two different potential levels depending on an applied physical quantity;
an output driver configured to output a logic signal to an output terminal in response to the physical quantity detection signal;
a clock generation circuit configured to output a control signal that is used to control the intermittent operation to the physical quantity detection unit, and configured to output a sampling signal in the sleep period;
a potential detection circuit configured to detect a potential at the output terminal, and to output a detection signal; and
a clock control circuit configured to receive an input of the sampling signal and an input of the detection signal, and configured to output a mode switching signal to the clock generation circuit, the mode switching signal being a command to switch the clock generation circuit to a test mode when a given signal pattern is detected in data that is obtained by sampling the detection signal based on the sampling signal.

US Pat. No. 10,191,109

EMBEDDED TRANSIENT SCANNING SYSTEMS, TRANSIENT SCANNING DATA VISUALIZATION SYSTEMS, AND/OR RELATED METHODS

Pragma Design, Inc., Ber...

1. A transient scanning and data visualization system comprising:one or more transient event detectors associated with one or more nodes and configured to detect whether a transient event was incident on an associated node;
one or more intensity detection circuits configured to determine an intensity level of a transient event if the transient event is detected by a transient event detector for an associated node; and
a monitoring circuit configured to determine the effect of transient events based on stored transient event characteristics for the one or more nodes, including an indication of whether a transient event was incident at a node and the corresponding intensity level of the transient event;
wherein the system is configured to be operable to import transient scanning datasets, render and display the imported transient scanning datasets, highlight detection nodes and connections according to selection points, and export important segments into a failure analysis report, presentation, or video.

US Pat. No. 10,191,102

AUTOMATIC CURRENT TRANSFORMER POLARITY CORRECTION

UTILITY RELAY COMPANY, C...

1. A method of processing current transformer data, comprising the steps of:obtaining, by an electronic protection controller for a circuit breaker, first current data based on a first current signal from a first current transformer on a first phase of a three-phase electrical circuit protected by the circuit breaker;
obtaining, by the electronic protection controller, second current data based on a second current signal from a second current transformer on a second phase of the three-phase electrical circuit;
obtaining, by the electronic protection controller, third current data based on a third current signal from a third current transformer on a third phase of the three-phase electrical circuit;
determining, using at least the first current data, the second current data, and the third current data, whether one of the first current transformer, the second current transformer, and the third current transformer is an improper polarity phase current transformer that is connected to the electronic protection controller with an improper polarity by determining whether a magnitude of a vector sum of a first phase current on the first phase of the three-phase electrical circuit, a second phase current on the second phase of the three-phase electrical circuit, and a third phase current on the third phase of the three-phase electrical circuit is greater than each individual magnitude of the first phase current, the second phase current, and the third phase current;
upon determining that said one of the first current transformer, the second current transformer, and the third current transformer is an improper polarity phase current transformer that is connected to the electronic protection controller with an improper polarity, automatically inverting, by the electronic protection controller, obtained current data corresponding to the improper polarity phase current transformer;
performing a ground fault calculation using automatically inverted current data corresponding to the improper polarity phase current transformer;
generating a trip command, by a trip signal output, upon detection of the ground fault, and
providing the trip command to a circuit breaker actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,191,100

HIGH-POWERED HIGH-VOLTAGE TEST DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED ACTIVE AIR COOLING

B2 ELECTRONIC GMBH, Klau...

1. A high-power high-voltage test device comprising:means for generating a test voltage, wherein the test voltage is an a.c. voltage with an amplitude of at least 100 kV and a power of higher than 1 kW and wherein the means for generating the test voltage comprise at least two voltage-amplifier branches, a first voltage-amplifier branch for generating the positive voltage half-waves of the test voltage and a second voltage-amplifier branch for generating the negative voltage half-waves of the test voltage, and
a measuring circuit for measuring the test voltage to be applied to a measurement object and the test current induced thereby in the measurement object,
wherein each of the first and second voltage-amplifier branches is mounted in a separate subassembly, each branch provided with a separate integrated active air cooling.

US Pat. No. 10,191,074

AUTOMATIC ANALYZING APPARATUS

Hitachi High-Technologies...

1. An automatic analyzing apparatus comprising:a spectrometer;
a specimen container configured to accommodate a specimen;
a reaction vessel configured to accommodate a mixture of the specimen and a reagent;
a dispensing mechanism including an arm that holds a probe that aspirates a specimen and discharges the specimen into the reaction vessel, a static eliminator having a generation source of neutralizing ions and a neutralizing ion blowing mechanism configured to blow neutralizing ions generated in the generation source to the specimen container or the reaction vessel; and
a controller connected to the spectrometer and the dispensing mechanism, the controller programmed to:
control the dispensing mechanism to aspirate the specimen from the specimen container at an aspiration position and eject the specimen into the reaction vessel at a dispensing position, and
control the static eliminator to generate neutralizing ions and blow the generated neutralizing ions to the specimen container at the aspiration position before the dispensing mechanism aspirates the specimen to thereby neutralize the specimen container and to blow neutralizing ions to the specimen container reaction vessel at the dispensing position to thereby neutralize the reaction vessel,
wherein the generation source is connected to the probe and allows the probe to generate the neutralizing ions,
wherein the probe includes an inner tube for aspirating the liquid and an outer tube that surrounds the inner tube,
wherein the neutralizing ion blowing mechanism is an outer tube that blows the compressed air generated from the compressed air generation unit, and
wherein the compressed air generated from the compressed air generation unit blows the neutralizing ions generated in the probe to an object via the outer tube.

US Pat. No. 10,191,046

IMMUNOBIOSENSOR AND SENSOR SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

Se-Hwan Paek, Seoul (KR)...

1. An immunobiosensor based on a membrane lateral flow immuno-chromatographic assay (LF-ICA), comprising: a metal binding protein whose conformation changes upon reaction with a metal ion in a sample; a sensing antibody reacting with the conformationally changed metal binding protein as an antigen; a signal substance conjugated with the metal binding protein to form a signal conjugate; a signal generator reacting with the signal conjugate to generate a reaction signal; a reaction strip in the form of a porous membrane adapted to move the sample and where the antigen-antibody reaction occurs and the reaction signal is generated; a signal generator supply pad supplying the signal generator to the reaction strip; and a signal generator absorption pad absorbing the signal generator,wherein the reaction strip comprises a sample addition pad absorbing the sample and a signal generation pad connected to the sample addition pad in the lengthwise direction and immobilized with the sensing antibody to generate the reaction signal,
wherein one of the signal generator supply pad and the signal generator absorption pad is arranged at one lateral side of the signal generation pad and the other one is arranged at the other lateral side of the signal generation pad, and
wherein the signal generator is introduced into the signal generator supply pad, transferred in the widthwise direction of the signal generation pad, and absorbed into the signal generator absorption pad.

US Pat. No. 10,191,037

METHODS OF AND SYSTEMS FOR IMPROVED DETECTION SENSITIVITY OF ASSAYS

Aushon Biosystems, Inc., ...

1. A system comprising:an assay plate including a well having a geometric shape and a transparent window below the well;
an upper plate including an insert portion that protrudes into and has a complementary geometric shape to the geometric shape of the well of the assay plate, the insert portion situated above the transparent window; and
a coating on a horizontal bottom surface of the insert portion of the upper plate, wherein a gap that is on the order of millimeters forms between the coating surface and a top surface of the transparent window directly below the gap, and
wherein a plurality of analysis features are printed on the coating on the horizontal bottom surface, and the transparent window is adapted for imaging the analysis feature from below the well.

US Pat. No. 10,191,027

METHODS OF DETERMINING PROPERTIES OF OIL

TOPNIR SYSTEMS SAS, Aix ...

1. Crude oil analytical and sampling device suitable for sampling crude oil from their conveying pipeline(s) (1) to a spectroscopy analysis device (8) and comprising a fast loop system connected to the crude oil conveying pipeline(s) and a sample conditioning system cabinet connected to the fast loop system and to the spectroscopy analysis device characterised in that the fast loop comprises a filter (3) and a pump (2) and the sample conditioning system cabinet comprises a grabber (4) connected to the fast loop system, said grabber having a sampling volume Vgr comprised between 1 and 100 cubic centimeters (cm3), a filter (5) and a double actuation syringe (6) which has a sampling volume Vse comprised between 100 and 10 000 cubic centimeters (cm3), said double actuation syringe being connected to the spectroscopy analysis device (8) for analysing a part or all of the sampling volume Vse wherein the ratio between the syringe sampling volume (in cm3) Vse and the grabber volume (in cm3) Vgr is comprised between 50 and 500.

US Pat. No. 10,190,983

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR FLUORESCENCE LIFETIME IMAGING WITH PULSED LIGHT

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method comprising:(a) a light source illuminating a scene with a signal of pulsed light that is pulsed non-periodically;
(b) a time-of-flight sensor taking measurements of light incident on the sensor, which incident light includes pulsed light that has reflected from the scene and includes fluorescent light that has been emitted by fluorescent material in the scene in response to the pulsed light; and
(c) one or more computers performing calculations that include, for each given pixel in a set of pixels in the time-of-flight sensor
(i) calculating a vector of complex numbers by performing a Discrete Fourier Transform on measurements taken by the given pixel, such that each of the complex numbers, respectively,
(A) encodes phase and amplitude of light incident at the given pixel, and
(B) is calculated based on measurements taken during a temporal portion of the signal, which temporal portion does not correspond to any other complex number in the vector, and
(ii) calculating, based on phase of the complex numbers, fluorescence lifetime of a scene point that corresponds to the given pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,190,978

OPTICAL SENSING AND SEPARATION BASED ON ORDERED 3D NANOSTRUCTURED SURFACES

NUtech Ventures, Lincoln...

1. An apparatus comprising:a substrate; and
structures disposed on the substrate in which each of the structures has a functional layer configured to interact with a predetermined type of particles, and the structures have a birefringence that changes when the structures interact with the predetermined type of particles.

US Pat. No. 10,190,946

MEASURING COMB FOR MEASURING PARAMETERS OF THE GASES EXITING A TURBOMACHINE WORKING SECTION

SAFRAN AIRCRAFTS ENGINES,...

1. A measuring comb for measuring at least one of temperature, pressure, or chemical composition of gases flowing at an outlet of a turbine engine flow path, said flow path extending around an axis of revolution of the flow path, said measuring comb comprising:a comb body with an elongated shape, facing the outlet of the flow path, said comb body comprising at least one measuring opening arranged along an axis, the at least one measuring opening being configured to tap gases flowing at the outlet of the flow path; and
adjusting means configured to adjust an angle between the axis of the at least one measuring opening and the axis of revolution, so as to allow orientation of the at least one measuring opening in a flow direction of the gases at the outlet of the flow path,
wherein the comb body is a rod forming a rotation line around which the at least one measuring opening is capable of pivoting, and
wherein the rod is equipped with a plurality of modules each accommodating a measuring opening, the modules being configured to pivot around the rod independently from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,190,932

METHOD FOR PREVENTING GASES AND FLUIDS TO PENETRATE A SURFACE OF AN OBJECT

INFICON GMBH, Bad Ragaz ...

1. A method for preventing gases and fluids to penetrate a surface of an object, comprising the steps of:depositing (S1) an amorphous metal (5) on a surface of an object (4), wherein the depositing comprises:
depositing a first amorphous metal on said surface of said object forming a continuous layer (5a) thereon; and
depositing a second amorphous metal on the continuous layer formed by the first amorphous metal forming a continuous layer (5b) thereon, wherein the composition of said second amorphous metal differs from the composition of said first amorphous metal;
forming (S2) a continuous layer of said amorphous metal (5) on said surface of said object (4);
binding (S3) said amorphous metal (5) to said surface of said object by chemical binding; and
passivation (S4) of a surface of said amorphous metal (5) facing away from said surface of said object (4).

US Pat. No. 10,190,931

DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE SENSOR

COMETNETWORK CO., LTD., ...

1. A differential pressure sensor, comprising:a housing including a body and a cover, the housing having a first chamber and a second chamber defined in the housing and separated from each other;
a first pressure channel communicating with the first chamber;
a second pressure channel communicating with the second chamber;
a substrate on which an electronic component is mounted and on which a terminal is formed, the substrate including a first surface facing the first chamber and a second surface parallel to the first surface and facing the second chamber, the substrate configured to cover the second chamber;
a sensor element installed on the first surface of the substrate so as to generate an electric signal corresponding to a pressure difference between the first chamber and the second chamber;
a lead frame installed in the housing with one end thereof extending into the first chamber, the lead frame configured to transmit the electric signal of the sensor element to an external device;
a conductive wire configured to connect the terminal of the substrate and the lead frame so as to transmit the electric signal of the sensor element to the lead frame;
a first sealing member disposed in a region where the body and the cover make contact with each other, the first sealing member configured to seal the first chamber with respect to the outside; and
a second sealing member disposed in a region where the substrate and the body make contact with each other, the second sealing member configured to seal the second chamber with respect to the first chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,190,913

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

ZEUS CO., LTD., Osan-si,...

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising:an emissivity setting unit to which emissivity at a liquid chemical which is brought into contact with a substrate or emissivity at an interface at which the substrate and the liquid chemical are in contact with each other is input;
a radiant energy input unit to which radiant energy radiating from the liquid chemical or the interface is input; and
a calculation unit that calculates a calculation temperature of the liquid chemical or the interface based on the emissivity and the radiant energy,
wherein the radiant energy input unit is provided to be spaced apart from the substrate on an opposite side in which the interface is positioned with respect to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,190,909

PATH DETECTION SYSTEM BASED ON SOLAR BLIND ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT SIGNALS

NANJING UNIVERSITY 5D TEC...

1. A path detection system based on solar blind ultraviolet light signals, comprising a SBUV light signal emitter, a SBUV detector and a signal processing module, wherein the SBUV light signal emitter is arranged on a road to serve as a path mark line; the SBUV detector is configured to detect the path mark line and transmit the detected signals from the SBUV light signal emitter to the signal processing module; and the signal processing module acquires a travelling path in real time by using a path line extraction algorithm, and outputs path information.

US Pat. No. 10,190,905

OPTICAL SENSOR ARRANGEMENT WITH OPTICAL BARRIER FOR PASSING LIGHT EMITTED BY LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND SCATTERED ON OR ABOVE AN OUTER SURFACE OF COVER

ams AG, Unterpremstaette...

1. An optical sensor arrangement comprising an optical barrier placed between a light emitting device and a photodetector, whereinthe light emitting device and the photodetector are arranged on a first plane and are covered by a cover;
the photodetector exhibits an active zone;
the optical barrier exhibits an extent along a first principal axis parallel to the line connecting the centers of the light emitting device and the photodetector, the extent being greater than a dimension of the active zone;
the dimension of the active zone is given by a width of the active zone, that is an extent of the active zone in a direction within the first plane and perpendicular to the first principal axis;
the optical barrier is designed to block light emitted by the light emitting device that otherwise would be reflected by the cover by means of specular reflection and would reach the photodetector;
the optical barrier is designed to pass light emitted by the light emitting device and scattered on or above an outer surface (OS) of the cover; and
the optical barrier is arranged to allow for light emitted by the light emitting device and scattered on or above the outer surface of the cover to pass around the optical barrier.

US Pat. No. 10,190,859

LIGHTWEIGHT AMMUNITION BOX

PLASTPACK DEFENCE APS, R...

1. An ammunition box comprising:a molded box body of thermoplastic material with an open top, wherein the thermoplastic material is Polypropylene or Polyethylene,
the molded box body having four side walls, two of the four side walls being generally parallel to opposing side walls,
a fixed substantially rectangular bottom wall connecting all four side walls at a bottom of the molded box body, the fixed bottom wall being generally perpendicular to the four side walls,
said four side walls being connected to one another to form four corners of said molded box body that extend from said bottom of the molded box body to said open top,
said molded box body defining a generally rectangular storage space for ammunition on the inside of said four side walls and the fixed bottom wall, and
an integrally molded, hollow and collapsible projection provided on the outer side of said molded box body at or near each of said four corners,
wherein said projection has an elongated hollow shape that defines a lumen extending substantially at a right angle from said fixed bottom wall,
wherein said projection comprises two spaced projection walls that each project from said four side walls, said two spaced projection walls are connected by an impact wall that is spaced from a side wall by said two spaced projection walls, said impact wall together with said two spaced projection walls and a portion of a side wall defining said lumen,
wherein said two spaced projection walls project from said four side walls at a near right angle, but not at an exact right angle,
wherein said impact wall is a substantially planar wall that is substantially parallel with one of said side walls, with a transition between said impact wall and said two spaced projection walls being a round transition.

US Pat. No. 10,190,836

LOADER

Ulbrich Schroeder Design ...

1. A firearm system comprising:a rifle having a butt, a muzzle, a receiver disposed between the butt and the muzzle, a magazine fixed to the rifle between the butt and the muzzle, wherein the magazine is in communication with the receiver, an ejection port in communication with the receiver; and
a loading device comprising a housing having a channel, a plunger slideably disposed within the channel, and a spout extending away from the housing, wherein the plunger includes an articulating arm extending away from one end of the plunger, wherein the arm has a first and a second opposing end, and wherein the arm includes a first plug disposed about the first end of the arm and a second plug disposed about the second end of the arm.

US Pat. No. 10,190,832

INTEGRATED PRESSURE COMPENSATING HEAT EXCHANGER AND METHOD

Nuovo Pignone Tecnologie ...

1. A method for compensating for pressure and for cooling an external fluid with an integrated pressure compensating heat exchanger, the method comprising:flowing an internal fluid inside of the integrated pressure compensating heat exchanger, the internal fluid flowing sequentially through an inlet, a first conductive bellows, a first U-shaped adaptor, a second conductive bellows, and an outlet, wherein the heat exchanger comprises the first conductive bellows and the second conductive bellows;
flowing the external fluid outside of the integrated pressure compensating heat exchanger;
decreasing a volume of the integrated pressure compensating heat exchanger into a compressed configuration as a volume of the external fluid increases due to a temperature increase in the external fluid;
sliding a second guide along a smooth portion of the outlet as the first conductive bellows and the second conductive bellows compress simultaneously, the second guide mechanically coupling the smooth portion of the outlet to the first conductive bellows and to the second conductive bellows; and
actively controlling a pressure differential between an internal fluid and an external fluid using an active actuator by pushing and pulling the first conductive bellows and the second conductive bellows, wherein the active actuator is mechanically coupled to the first U-shaped adaptor communicatively located between the first conductive bellows and the second conductive bellows.

US Pat. No. 10,190,831

RADIATING FIN WITH BENT RADIATING PORTION AND ELECTROTHERMAL OIL HEATER USING SAME

Ningbo Singfun Electric A...

1. A radiating fin with a bent radiating portion, comprising a heating assembly and a main body with an oil guide groove formed therein, connecting sleeves extending in a horizontal direction being provided at an upper end and a lower end of the main body, characterized in that the bent radiating portion is formed within a region, a certain distance away from the middle, of an edge of at least one end of the main body; an upper end and a lower end of the bent radiating portion are located in different vertical planes, or the upper end and the lower end of the bent radiating portion are located in a same vertical plane, and at least one portion between the upper end and the lower end of the bent radiating portion is bent to form a side-raised structure wherein an included angle between a plane of the upper end and a plane of the lower end is 5° to 85° in the included angle of the plane of the upper end of one of the connecting sleeves and the included angle of the plane of the upper end of another one of the connecting sleeves enabling formation of a chimney radiation channel with a space between two adjacent radiating fins and making the radiating area of the radiating fin increased and the mechanical strength of the radiating fin strengthened and making the heat radiation of a radiator to the surrounding more uniform and the radiating efficiency of the radiator improved, and the area of the bent radiating portion is 10% to 80% of the total area of the main body is characterized in that the upper end having the one of the connecting sleeves and the lower end of the bent radiating portion having the another one of the connecting sleeves are located in a same vertical plane and connected to each other by a plurality of bent portions, the bent portions each comprising two bending portions in a same direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,822

STAGED REACTION PLENUM PARTITION WALL FOR FURNACE

Blasch Precision Ceramics...

20. A method for controlling distribution of secondary flow in a high temperature reaction furnace, said method comprising the steps of:providing a plenum assembly comprising
a plurality of refractory brick members, each refractory brick member comprising a substantially tubular body having a first end, a second end opposed to said first end along a longitudinal length of said refractory brick member, a central bore extending from said first end to said second end along said longitudinal length thereof and defining an inner surface of said refractory brick member, and an outer surface extending from said first end to said second end along said longitudinal length thereof, wherein said outer surface of each said refractory brick member has a shape that transitions axially between a plurality of hexagonally-shaped portions and a plurality of non-hexagonally-shaped portions along the longitudinal length thereof, and wherein said plurality of refractory brick members are arranged and interlocked with one another in a vertical and horizontal manner via mating members provided on said hexagonally-shaped portions of said outer surfaces thereof, anda continuous plenum space defined by said non-hexagonally-shaped portions of said outer surfaces of said refractory brick members, wherein each said refractory brick member comprises at least one opening provided in a portion of said outer surface of said refractory brick members and in fluid communication with said plenum and at least one of an end face of said refractory brick members and said central bore of said refractory brick members; andinjecting secondary air directly into said plenum space of said plenum assembly via one or more injection ports provided in communication with said plenum space.

US Pat. No. 10,190,821

METHOD FOR DETECTION OF THE LOSS OF AN ELECTRIC ARC FURNACE MEASUREMENT REFERENCE

Showa Denko Carbon GmbH, ...

1. An AC electric arc furnace, comprising:a raw material container;
a set of electrodes configured to be controllably extended toward said raw material container;
a set of electrical potential transformers correspondingly coupled to said set of electrodes; and
a reference signal verification device directly electrically connected to said transformers, said reference signal verification device being configured to read a reference signal value coming from said raw material container, compare said reference signal value to an approximated value, and determine that there is a loss of the reference signal due to damage of the direct electrical connection or disconnection of the direct electrical connection if said reference signal value is not within a predetermined amount of said approximated value.

US Pat. No. 10,190,796

SELF-SEALING CIRCULAR CROSS-SECTION SHEET METAL DUCT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A SEALED CIRCULAR CROSS-SECTION DUCT

Ductmate Industries, Inc....

1. A self-sealing circular cross-section sheet metal duct comprising:(a) an unassembled circular sheet metal duct having a self locking longitudinal seam with a sealant that is applied as a liquid positioned within the longitudinal seam while the seam is being formed; the sealant solidifies and the sealant allows the self locking longitudinal seam to be engaged, disengaged and reengaged without the sealant stringing; and
(b) when the longitudinal seam is engaged and thereby simultaneously locking the seam the circular sheet metal duct is formed for installation with a sealed longitudinal seam without an installer applying a sealant.

US Pat. No. 10,190,795

AIR CONDITIONER DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM, AIR CONDITIONER AND MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL

Hitachi-Johnson Controls ...

9. An air conditioner diagnostic system of an air conditioner having an outdoor unit and an indoor unit, wherein:the air conditioner includes a control board disposed in the outdoor unit or the indoor unit, and the control board includes a wireless communication unit configured to wirelessly transmit operation data indicating an operation state of the air conditioner and model data by light emission to a mobile communication terminal,
the wireless communication unit is further configured to wirelessly transmit the operation data and the model data of the air conditioner by light emission only in response to a reception request from the mobile communication terminal,
the mobile communication terminal is configured to receive the light emission from the wireless communication unit via a camera function,
the mobile communication terminal is further configured to communicate with a maintenance server system installed in a remote location, which stores a diagnostic program corresponding to each model of the air conditioner; and
based on the model data and the operation data received by the mobile communication terminal, the maintenance server system or the mobile communication terminal is configured to diagnose the air conditioner using the diagnostic program corresponding to the model data, and the mobile communication terminal is configured to display a diagnostic result of the diagnostic program on a display unit of the mobile communication terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,190,794

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR WIRELESS ENVIRONMENTAL ZONE CONTROL

ARZEL ZONING TECHNOLOGY, ...

1. A control system to wirelessly control environmental parameters of a predefined zone in a forced air HVAC system, the control system comprising:a damper associated with the predefined zone, the damper comprising:
a rail for securing the damper on an air duct of the predefined zone,
a blade assembly connected to the rail, the blade assembly having a damper module and a blade coupled to the damper module, wherein the damper module is configured to move the blade between an open and closed state to regulate air flow through the air duct,
a supplemental power source configured to supply power to the damper module, and
a scavenger assembly having an impeller and a scavenger module that stores power generated by rotation of the impeller in the air duct and supplies power to the damper module,
wherein the damper operates in a first mode using power supplied only by the scavenger module when air flow is greater than or equal to a predefined rate, and wherein the damper operates in a second mode using combination of power supplied by both the scavenger module and the supplemental power source when air flow is less than the predefined rate;
a wireless temperature controller associated with the damper, configured to monitor a zone temperature and humidity in the predefined zone, to receive as input data representative of a desired temperature for the predefined zone, and to communicate data representative of the temperature in the predefined zone and the desired temperature and to request service at the predefined zone; and
a control box in wireless communication with the damper and the wireless temperature controller, the control box configured to adjust a position of the blade to regulate the flow of forced air inside the air duct of the predefined zone based on the data representative of the zone temperature and the data representative of the desired temperature received from the temperature controller, wherein the control box is further coupled to the forced air HVAC system and configured to control operation of the forced air HVAC system.

US Pat. No. 10,190,792

THREE-DIMENSIONAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM VISUALIZATION

Crestron Electronics, Inc...

1. A method for rendering a three-dimensional building management system visualization of a building, the method comprising:storing geometry elements and spatial elements, wherein the geometry elements define three-dimensional geometrical representation of a building's structure, wherein the spatial elements define three-dimensional representation of spaces in the building, wherein the geometry elements are mapped to spatial elements, wherein the spatial elements are associated with respective space nodes that identify the spaces located within the building, wherein the space nodes are associated with respective electronic devices installed within the spaces in the building;
receiving a selection of a status-attribute view from a list of status-attribute views, wherein the list of status-attribute views comprises an electronic device on status-attribute view comprising logic including:
a first object property configured for indicating that an electronic device is turned on,
a second object property configured for indicating that an electronic device is off,
a third object property configured for indicating that an electronic device in an occupied space is on, and
a fourth object property configured for indicating that an electronic device in a vacant space is on;
storing logic for each status-attribute view, wherein the logic defines one or more object properties each corresponding to a status level and configured for modifying an appearance of a spatial element;
receiving status information of at least one electronic device;
filtering the received status information to select a subset of status information that corresponds to the selected status-attribute view;
determining status levels of respective space nodes based on the subset of status information;
determining object properties that apply to the determined status levels using the logic;
applying the determined object properties to respective spatial elements associated with the space nodes; and
rendering a three dimensional building visualization of the building for the selected status-attribute view via a user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,772

DUAL FUEL IGNITION DEVICE AND WORK METHOD THEREOF AS WELL AS SAFETY TYPE DUAL FUEL CONTROL SYSTEM BASED THEREON AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

ZHEJIANG FUERJ ELECTRIC S...

1. A dual fuel ignition device, comprising:a high-heating value gas igniting end, comprising a first thermocouple having a first cathode and a first anode and an ignition burner adapted to high-heating value gas, wherein the ignition burner is connected with a branch of a gas inducing gas flow;
a low-heating value gas igniting end, comprising a second thermocouple having a second cathode and a second anode and an ignition burner adapted to low-heating value gas, wherein the ignition burner is connected with another branch of the gas inducing gas flow, wherein the first cathode is directly connected to the second cathode or the first anode is directly connected to the second anode to output electric potential according to heating condition of the thermocouples;
fire of the ignition burner heats up the corresponding thermocouple only to generate the electric potential when the igniting end correctly induces the gas due to position configuration of the two thermocouples, and when the igniting end induces the high-heating value gas into the low-heating value igniting end by mistake, the fire heats up the two thermocouples at the same time to offset or reduce the output electric potential.

US Pat. No. 10,190,758

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, DISPLAY APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SUBSTRATE UNIT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

Sakai Display Products Co...

7. A light source device comprising:a substrate unit changeable from a first shape in which a length in a predetermined direction is a first length to a second shape in which a length in the predetermined direction is a second length longer than the first length, wherein the substrate unit comprises:
a plurality of light source substrates including a first light source substrate and a second light source substrate which are elongated light source substrates long in the predetermined direction on which light sources are mounted; and
a connection substrate which has a flexibility and connects a first edge part on one end side in the longitudinal direction of the first light source substrate and a fourth edge part along the longitudinal direction of the second light source substrate,
wherein the connection substrate comprises:
a first extension part which is extended to the first edge part along the longitudinal direction of the first light source substrate and to be connected to the first edge part,
a connection part which connects the first extension part and the fourth edge part,
a first bent part at which the first extension part can be bent along a direction orthogonal to a longitudinal direction of the first light source substrate; and
a second bent part at which the connection part can be bent along the longitudinal direction of the first light source substrate,
wherein the connection substrate connects the first edge part and the fourth edge part so that a third edge part along the longitudinal direction of the first light source substrate and the fourth edge part face each other, in the state of the first shape, and so that the first edge part and a second edge part on one end side in the longitudinal direction of the second light source substrate face each other, in the state of the second shape, and
wherein the substrate unit is deformed from the first shape into the second shape as the connection substrate is bent at the first bent part and the second bent part.

US Pat. No. 10,190,739

LAMP

HABITEX CORPORATION, Tai...

1. A lamp comprising:a base unit including
a case body that has an opening,
a first circuit board that is disposed in said case body,
a pushbutton switch that is disposed on said first circuit board,
a rotary switch that is disposed on said first circuit board and that corresponds in position to said opening, and
an elongate interconnect member that is co-rotatably connected to said rotary switch and that extends into said opening; and
a shade unit including
a shade body that is co-rotatably connected to said elongate interconnect member and that is slidable along said elongate interconnect member relative to said case body of said base unit,
a light module that is disposed in said shade body, and that is electrically connected to said pushbutton switch and said rotary switch, and
a connect member that extends from said shade body and that is movable toward and away from said pushbutton switch;
wherein said shade unit is slidable along said elongate interconnect member relative to said case body between a switch-on position, where said connect member is spaced apart from said pushbutton switch so that said light module is switched on and emits light and where said shade body is rotatable relative to said case body to rotate said elongate interconnect member and said rotary switch to adjust brightness of said light module, and a switch-off position, where said connect member abuts against said pushbutton switch so that said light module is switched off.

US Pat. No. 10,190,698

SOLENOID VALVES FOR HIGH VIBRATION ENVIRONMENTS

Marotta Controls, Inc., ...

1. A solenoid operated valve comprising:a valve block defining a valve lumen;
a poppet slidably disposed within the valve lumen;
a solenoid including a core defining a core lumen aligned with the valve lumen;
an armature assembly including an armature disc, an armature guide having a hollow cylindrical body defining an armature guide passage, and an armature stud disposed within the armature guide passage, wherein at least a portion of the armature guide and at least a portion of the armature stud are disposed within the core lumen, and wherein the armature stud is in communication with the poppet so that axial movement of one is translated into axial movement of the other;
a coil cover enclosing the solenoid; and
a guide ring disposed between the armature guide and the core in a radial direction extending from a central axis of the armature guide passage, wherein the guide ring moves relative to the core when the armature guide moves within the core lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,190,675

SHIFTER ASSEMBLY

Kongsberg Power Products ...

1. A method of operating a shift lever of a vehicle transmission with the shift lever coupled to a housing having an exterior surface and the shift lever having a body having a first body end and a second body end with the second body end adjacent the exterior surface of the housing such that the body is located outside of the housing, a cap coupled to the body adjacent the first body end, a toggle device coupled to the cap, an element mounted to the toggle device, and a sensor system mounted in the body adjacent the toggle device and configured to interact with the element to detect rotation of the cap between first and second orientations, said method comprising the steps of:rotating the cap relative to the body to at least one of the first orientation to select a first mode of the transmission and the second orientation to select a second mode of the transmission;
actuating at least a portion of the toggle device from a rest position corresponding to an automatic mode of the transmission to a depressed position corresponding to a manual mode of the transmission;
sensing the rotating of the cap and the toggle device by the sensor system mounted in the body detecting rotation of the element mounted to the toggle device between the first and second orientations; and
pivoting the body, cap and toggle device relative to the housing to select a specific gear of the transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,190,648

ACTUATING DEVICE FOR AN ELECTROMECHANICALLY ACTUATABLE VEHICLE BRAKE

Lucas Automotive GmbH, K...

1. An actuating device for an electromechanically actuatable vehicle brake, comprisinga multi-stage transmission unit, which is arranged between a driving electric motor and a driven drive element of the vehicle brake, wherein
at least one stage of the transmission unit is embodied as a spur-gear transmission, and at least two stages of the transmission unit are coupled by means of a double gearwheel, a rotational axis of the double gearwheel extends parallel to a rotational axis of the electric motor, and wherein
the transmission unit has at least one intermediate stage which is embodied as a spur-gear transmission and into which at least one stage, embodied as a spur-gear transmission, of the transmission unit is integrated, wherein
the intermediate stage which is embodied as a spur-gear transmission has two intermediate gearwheels; wherein
rotational axes of the intermediate gearwheels extend parallel to the rotational axis of the electric motor; and
wherein a plane formed by the rotational axes of the intermediate gearwheels extends perpendicularly with respect to the plane formed by the rotational axis of the electric motor and the rotational axis of the double gearwheel.

US Pat. No. 10,190,642

TOOTHING FOR OPERATION AT A DEFLECTION ANGLE AND PRODUCTION METHOD

SMS SIEMAG AG, Duesseldo...

1. Spline spur toothing for force transmission from a drive shaft to a driven member arranged at angle to each other, comprising a first spur toothing (1) engaging in a second spur toothing provided on the driven member,wherein the first spur toothing (1) has a plurality of spur teeth (2), wherein a flank line (12) of each spur tooth (2) has a curvature, and a deflection angle (?) is formed between a rotational axis of the second spur toothing and a rotational axis of the first spur toothing, and
wherein a flank of the spur tooth (2) is formed with a twist in form of a profile angle deviation (?) in direction of the flank of the spur tooth (2) in a vertical plane.

US Pat. No. 10,190,640

BEARING WITH INTEGRATED SHUNT

1. A bearing comprising:an outer ring having a first raceway;
an inner ring having a second raceway;
rolling elements disposed between the first and second raceways; and
a closure element fixedly assembled to one of the inner ring or outer ring and extending in a direction of the other of the inner ring or the outer ring, the closure element having:
at least one conductive filament having a first end, a second end, and an intermediate portion positioned between the first end and the second end,
the at least one conductive filament assembled to the closure element, the first end contacting the outer ring, the intermediate portion contacting the inner ring to form an electrically conductive path between the outer ring and the inner ring, and the second end positioned away from the inner ring and fixed to the closure element.

US Pat. No. 10,190,638

ROLLING BEARING

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A rolling bearing comprising:an inner ring;
an outer ring;
a plurality of rolling elements provided between the inner ring and the outer ring;
a cage that holds the rolling elements;
a first seal that is provided on one side of an annular space between the inner ring and the outer ring in an axial direction of the rolling bearing and has a first lip portion which forms a first labyrinth clearance with the inner ring to prevent spill of grease; and
a second seal that is provided on the other side of the annular space in the axial direction and has a second lip portion which forms a second labyrinth clearance with the inner ring to prevent spill of the grease,
wherein the rolling bearing is configured such that the grease in the annular space flows from one side in the axial direction to the other side in the axial direction, and
the second lip portion is larger than the first lip portion such that a path length of the second labyrinth clearance is longer than a path length of the first labyrinth clearance.

US Pat. No. 10,190,567

HEAVY HAMMER TYPE WAVE POWER GENERATION METHOD AND DEVICE

Changchun University of S...

1. A heavy hammer type wave power generation method, characterized by comprising:connecting a floating box (1) to an anchor seat (12) by a cable (11);
arranging a rotating shaft (9) in the middle of the floating box (1);
connecting a shifting rod (8) to the rotating shaft (9), the shifting rod (8) rotates around the rotating shaft (9);
fixing a heavy hammer (10) to a lower end of the shifting rod (8);
fixedly connecting a chain ring (6) meshed with a plurality of driving sprockets (4) and guiding sprockets (5) to an upper end of the shifting rod by a chain fixing seat (7);
under the action of wave power, when the floating box (1) swings leftwards or rightwards, the chain ring (6) is restrained by the heavy hammer (10) at the lower end of the shifting rod (8) without turning with the leftward or rightward swinging of the floating box (1);
the driving sprockets (4) and the guiding sprockets (5) turn leftwards or rightwards along the chain ring (6), and the driving sprockets (4) turn leftwards or rightwards by means of a speed increaser for converting bidirectional swinging to unidirectional rotation (2) fixed to a framework of the floating box (1), so that a spindle of a generator (3) rotates in one direction to generate power;
an external-rotor wind driven generator (3) is adopted to increase power generating efficiency, when an energy storage flywheel (22) fixedly connected to the external-rotor enables the floating box (1) to turn leftwards or rightwards, the driving energy driving the spindle of the generator (3) is still constant, so that a voltage waveform of the generator (3) is smooth;
fixing a first ratchet gear (15) with a pawl structure and a second ratchet gear (18) with a pawl structure to a driving sprocket shaft (I);
the bidirectional swinging of the driving sprocket shaft (I) coverts to unidirectional rotation of a speed-increasing shaft (II);
an outer ring of the first ratchet gear (15) idles counter clockwise, and an outer ring of the second ratchet gear (18) idles clockwise;
meshing a first speed-increasing gear (17) fixed to the speed-increasing shaft (II) with the first ratchet gear (15) on the driving sprocket shaft (I) by a medium gear (16) on a medium gear shaft (III);
directly meshing a second speed-increasing gear (19) fixed on the speed-increasing shaft (II) with the second ratchet gear (18) on the driving sprocket shaft (I);
when the driving sprocket shaft (I) of the driving sprockets (4) rotates counter clockwise, the outer ring of the first ratchet gear (15) idles without transferring a torque to the medium gear (16) and the first speed-increasing gear (17); the outer ring of the second ratchet gear (18) turns counter clockwise without transferring a torque to the second speed-increasing gear (19), so that the speed-increasing shaft (II) turns clockwise;
when the driving sprocket shaft (I) rotates clockwise, the outer ring of the second ratchet gear (18) idles without transferring the torque to the second speed-increasing gear (19); the outer ring of the first ratchet gear (15) transfers the torque to the medium gear (16) and the first speed-increasing gear (17), so that the speed-increasing shaft (II) turns clockwise;
the speed-increasing shaft (II) always turns clockwise, so that a third speed-increasing gear (20) on the speed-increasing shaft (II) enables a generator shaft gear (21) on the speed-increasing shaft (II) to always rotate in one direction for converting bidirectional swinging to unidirectional rotation for normal power of the generator (3); and
a rated speed of the generator (3) is determined by a gear number of each gear.

US Pat. No. 10,190,509

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DUAL FUEL ENGINE

GE Global Sourcing LLC, ...

1. A method comprising:receiving a plurality of signals from a plurality of sensors coupled to a dual fuel engine; and
altering an actual speed of the dual fuel engine to obtain a predetermined air-fuel ratio in response to a changed operating condition of the dual fuel engine determined based on the plurality of signals, so as to maintain operation of the dual fuel engine between knock and misfire conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,190,505

HOUSING FOR DRIVING AN APPARATUS FOR A TURBINE ENGINE

SAFRAN TRANSMISSION SYSTE...

1. A gearbox to be fixed to a turbine engine in order to drive at least one apparatus annexed to the turbine engine, the gearbox comprising:a housing;
a power take-off member capable of engaging with a radial shaft of the turbine engine;
at least one kinematic chain located inside the housing and capable of transmitting a rotational movement of a power take-off to at least one rotatable shaft of an apparatus, the kinematic chain comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the power take-off member is linked to the kinematic chain by a gear having convergent axes located within the kinematic chain;
wherein the kinematic chain comprises at least one central shaft capable of transmitting the movement of the power take-off member to at least one rotatable shaft of an apparatus through at least one intermediate gear, where the central shaft comprises two ends, the power take-off member being linked to the central shaft by a gear having convergent axes, located between the first end and the second end of the central shaft, the central shaft comprising a first and second part, with the power take-off member being linked to the first part by a first gear with convergent axes and to the second part by a second gear with convergent axes.

US Pat. No. 10,190,426

STATOR SECTOR FOR A TURBINE ENGINE, AND A METHOD OF FABRICATING IT

SAFRAN CERAMICS, Le Hail...

3. A sector for a turbine stator, the sector comprising:a plurality of vanes of composite material comprising fiber reinforcement densified by a matrix, each vane having an airfoil extending between a first end and a second end,
a first platform and a second platform, the first and second platforms being in the form of circular arcs of composite material comprising fiber reinforcement densified by a matrix, the first platform having openings in which the first ends of the vanes are engaged, and the second platform having openings in which the second ends of the vanes are engaged, each opening of the first platform having a continuous and surrounding edge, wherein each continuous edge is in continuous contact with at least a portion of the corresponding first end of a corresponding vane, and wherein the first platform further has hooked portions configured and arranged to support and hold axially in position a sealing system for rotor discs, formed by a portion of non-interlinked weave between two successive layers of warp yarns over two respective zones separated by an interlinked weave zone, and by folding the non-interlinked portions to form the hooked portions;
wherein the openings in the first platform present dimensions that are greater than the dimensions of the first ends of the vanes engaged in said openings so as to leave clearance between the first ends of each of the vanes and the openings, and
wherein each vane first end engaged in said opening presents dimensions smaller than the dimensions of the airfoil so as to define a shoulder extending all around said first end, the shoulder presenting dimensions greater than the dimensions of the openings of the first platform and being in contact with the surface of the first platform, and wherein the first and second platform and the vane first and second ends are configured and arranged to be connected in a mortise and tenon arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,190,321

MOUNTING SYSTEM OF A PANEL AND CLIP OF THE SYSTEM

Hunter Douglas Architectu...

1. A mounting system for a panel, mounting system comprising:a clip, comprising:
a body;
a positioning feature disposed on the body for securing the clip relative to a sub-frame of the mounting system, the positioning feature comprising at least one hole; and
an upper side extending from the body, the upper side comprising:
at least one first upper flange protruding upwardly, and a second upper flange parallel to the first upper flange and spaced a distance towards the body;
at least one first lower flange protruding downwardly, and a second lower flange extending from the first lower flange towards the body; and
a baffle perpendicular to the first upper flange, the baffle secured to and protruding from the body;
the sub-frame comprising:
a substantially C-shaped cross-section;
a bottom face with mounting holes so as to connect with a base frame of the mounting system; and
a front face forming a rail of the mounting system;
a spacer comprising a substantially C-shaped cross-section, a mounting groove formed at an opening portion for clipping into the baffle of the mounting system; and
a resilient washer formed by two substantially O-shaped cross-sections, a mounting groove disposed at one of the two cross-sections for fitting onto the clip of the mounting system;
wherein the clip and the sub-frame are secured by a fastener extending through the at least one hole of the clip and a portion of the sub-frame.

US Pat. No. 10,190,314

ANCHORING ASSEMBLY FOR ANCHORING A LINER OF A CURED LINING MATERIAL, A FERRULE SUITABLE FOR USE WITH THE ANCHORING ASSEMBLY, AN ANCHORING MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FURTHER COMPRISING A FERRULE HOLDER AND THE USE OF THE ANCHORING ASSEMBLY

SILICON HOLDING B.V., Wa...

1. An anchoring assembly comprising an elongated mounting pin and a ferrule provided at a first end of the elongated mounting pin, wherein the elongated mounting pin is arranged to be mounted by a welding process at the first end to a metal object, the anchoring assembly further comprising a plurality of spaced anchor fins connected to the elongated mounting pin at a second end and extending radially outwardly relative to the elongated mounting pin, wherein the ferrule has an enclosed or partially enclosed cylindrical shape that is configured to contain mounting residue within the ferrule during the welding process, the ferrule comprising a radially outwardly extending place holder part having a protrusion arranged thereon that is removably received within a ferrule holder during the welding process of the elongated mounting pin at the first end to the metal object, the ferrule holder being removable after concluding the welding process.

US Pat. No. 10,190,310

WATERPROOF STORAGE UNIT

Duffield Marine, Inc., C...

1. A storage unit for storing items, the unit comprising:a) a shell having a top wall, a rear side wall, a left side wall, a right side wall and a front side wall which define respective lower edges, the front side wall having an aperture for moving items in and out of the unit the outer periphery of the aperture defined by a first side, a second side, a top, and a bottom; the outer periphery of the aperture including a water diverting shield formed thereof, the water diverting shield being configured to run along the first side, the top, and the second side of the outer periphery to divert water away from the aperture;
b) a base having a top surface defining a substantially level interior cavity portion, a substantially level outer perimeter portion, a first groove, and a second groove, the first groove being positioned between the interior cavity portion and the outer perimeter portion, the first groove defining a u-shaped configuration in a transverse cross section being formed within the base and extending into the base from the top surface, the first groove being sized and configured to receive the respective lower edges of the rear side wall, the left side wall, the right side wall, and the front side wall to form a substantially water proof barrier between the rear side wall, the left side wall, the right side wall, the front side wall, and the base, the outer perimeter portion being at a substantially lower level than the interior cavity portion; and
c) a door having a door body defining a bottom edge, the door traverseable between a closed position wherein the door body covers the aperture and the bottom edge is inserted into the second groove to prevent water from entering into the storage unit under the door body and an opened position wherein the door body is disposed away from the aperture and the bottom edge is removed from the second groove to allow items to be moved in and out of the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,297

MOBILE SINK ASSEMBLY

SMART SINKS PTY LTD., Qu...

1. A mobile sink assembly includinga container with one or more wheels, said container is partitioned into two compartments with an overflow aperture in a dividing wall providing fluid communication between an upper compartment and a lower compartment;
a first trap mounted within the upper compartment and supported adjacent a top opening in the upper compartment by a rail a lip or a plurality of lugs surrounding an outer perimeter of the first trap, the rail, lip or plurality of lugs are positioned on a ledge, channel or protrusion on the inner surface of the upper compartment, said first trap has a draining aperture, said first trap has one or more discharge apertures on or near a top of the first trap where an overflow of fluid can discharge into the upper compartment;
a second trap positionable below the first trap and in fluid communication with the first trap via the draining aperture;
a third trap, said third trap contains the second trap positioned there-within,
a riser and valve assembly coupled to the draining aperture in the first trap and configured to control a flow of liquid from the first trap into the second trap, the height of an opening in the riser and valve assembly is lower than the height of the top of the first trap to allow fluid to pass through the riser and valve rather than overflow the first trap, and a valve of the riser and valve assembly automatically closing off flow through the first trap draining aperture when an actuator portion of the riser and valve assembly is removed; and
a pump operatively connected to pump fluid from the lower compartment to the first trap; wherein in use fluid is pumped from the lower compartment to the first trap, passes through the draining aperture into the second trap and from the second trap to the third trap and from the third trap via the overflow aperture to return to the lower compartment, while particulate matter is retained in the first and second traps.

US Pat. No. 10,190,276

DOCKING SYSTEM WITH JOINT SUPPORTS

Wahoo Docks LLC, Richmon...

1. A dock construction system comprising:one or more fascia components, each fascia component comprising a main vertical wall, a lower horizontal member and an upper horizontal support member cooperatively defining an interior channel that is open at its ends and open opposite the main vertical wall, wherein:
the upper horizontal support member comprises a first horizontal component extending perpendicularly outward from the main vertical wall, a vertical component extending perpendicularly downward from the first horizontal component, and a second horizontal component extending perpendicularly outward from the vertical component in a plane that is substantially parallel to a plane defined by the first horizontal component thereby defining an upper lip that is configured to receive and support an end of one or more cross beams; and
the lower horizontal member comprises a first lower horizontal component extending perpendicularly outward from the main vertical wall, a lower vertical component extending perpendicularly upward from the first lower horizontal component, and a second lower horizontal component defining a lower lip by extending perpendicularly outward from the lower vertical component in a plane that is substantially coplanar with a plane defined by the first lower horizontal component; and
one or more cross beams with opposing ends supported by the upper lips of a first and second fascia component when the first and second fascia components are positioned such that the interior channels of the first and second fascia components are facing each other.

US Pat. No. 10,190,269

HIGH SPEED STEREOSCOPIC PAVEMENT SURFACE SCANNING SYSTEM AND METHOD

FUGRO ROADWARE INC., Mis...

1. A mobile vehicle mounted pavement condition assessment system, comprising:one or more light sources mounted on the mobile vehicle for illuminating a pavement;
one or more stereoscopic image capturing devices mounted on the mobile vehicle for capturing sequential images of the illuminated pavement;
a plurality of positioning sensors mounted on the mobile vehicle, the positioning sensors adapted to encode movement of the mobile vehicle and provide a synchronization signal for the sequential images captured by the one or more stereoscopic image capture devices; and
one or more processors adapted to:
synchronize the images captured by each camera in the one or more stereoscopic image capturing devices;
calculate a 3D elevation for each point on the pavement using stereoscopic principles; and
assess the condition of the pavement using the 3D elevation data.