US Pat. No. 10,189,107

SHORT ARC WELDING SYSTEM

ESAB AB, Gothenburg (SE)...

1. A system for controlling a weld-current in a direct current arc welding apparatus for short arc welding comprising:a current regulator included in a voltage feedback loop from a power supply to a welding electrode;
an open circuit detector included in the voltage feedback loop, the open circuit detector being configured to detect that an open circuit state is present and to suppress a feedback error when an open circuit state is detected by the open circuit detector;
a node configured to receive an output voltage of the power supply and to generate a voltage signal derived from the output voltage;
a switch connected between the node and the current regulator; and
a ramp generator arranged to provide current ramps during a short circuit phase at the welding electrode,
wherein the open circuit detector comprises a comparator that receives an open circuit voltage threshold and a signal derived from the output voltage, the open circuit voltage threshold comprising a threshold level above which only the open circuit state is possible, the comparator having an output directly connected to the switch,
wherein the switch is configured to, based on the output of the comparator, connect or disconnect the current regulator to receive the voltage signal from the node.

US Pat. No. 10,189,105

SHIELDING GAS FOR MAG WELDING, MAG WELDING METHOD, AND WELDED STRUCTURE

TAIYO NIPPON SANSO CORPOR...

1. A MAG welding method, comprising:preparing a pair of base materials which are made of a high Cr steel containing 8 wt % to 13 wt % of Cr and arranged to have a narrow gap between them; and
performing arc welding of the pair of base materials by using a shielding gas being a ternary mixed gas consisting essentially of 15% by volume to 17% by volume of a carbon dioxide gas, 30% by volume to 50% by volume of a helium gas and a balance of an argon gas, and a solid wire containing 8 wt % to 13 wt % of Cr.

US Pat. No. 10,189,104

ROTATABLE ELECTRIC HEATING TOOL

Goodhouse Enterprise Co. ...

1. An electric heating tool comprising:a handle device including a body, a power connection member, and a sleeve, with the body including a protrusion having an inner edge, with the power connection member received in the inner edge of the protrusion and including a first electrode, a second electrode, a first extending portion, and a second extending portion, with the first electrode electrically connected to the first extending portion, with the second electrode electrically connected to the second extending portion, with the sleeve mounted around the protrusion, with the sleeve including a guiding recess located at an inner periphery thereof; and
a heating device rotatably mounted to the handle device and including a seat, a heating member, and a third electrode, with the seat including a guiding portion rotatably engaged in the guiding recess of the sleeve, with the heating member mounted to the seat, with the third electrode mounted to the seat and electrically connected to the heating member, with the third electrode slidely and electrically connected to the first electrode of the power connection member, and with the heating member slidely and electrically connected to the second electrode of the power connection member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,103

WIRE ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE MACHINING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A wire electrical discharge machining apparatus that applies a pulse voltage between a wire electrode and a workpiece while relatively moving the wire electrode and the workpiece by a drive device based on a numerical control (NC) program, the wire electrical discharge machining apparatus comprising:a representative speed calculation device that calculates a representative speed of a straight part when the straight part is being machined;
a pre-corner section length calculation device that calculates a length of a pre-corner section in which a machining volume changes transitionally before an entrance of a corner part when the corner part is detected by the NC program;
a post-corner section length calculation device that calculates a length of a post-corner section in which a machining volume changes transitionally before an exit of the corner part;
a corner speed coefficient calculation device that calculates a machining speed ratio between a middle corner section and the straight part from a machining volume ratio between the straight part and the middle corner section in which the machining volume of the corner part becomes a constant value;
a corner speed coefficient interpolation device that interpolates a corner speed coefficient calculated by the corner speed coefficient calculation device in the pre-corner section and the post-corner section;
a speed reference calculation device that calculates a machining speed reference of the corner part based on the representative speed and the corner speed coefficient interpolated by the corner speed coefficient interpolation device;
a drive control device that controls the drive device based on the machining speed reference calculated by the speed reference calculation device; and
a continuous corner detection device that determines that continuous corner sections overlap each other when a length of the straight part connecting two corner parts is shorter than the length of the pre-corner section calculated by the pre-corner section length calculation device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,102

ELECTRIC DISCHARGE MACHINE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An electric discharge machine comprising:an electrode opposed to a workpiece;
a shaft-feed driving member to move the electrode in a direction in which the electrode is brought close to the workpiece and a direction in which the electrode moves away from the workpiece;
a voltage/current applying circuit to apply a voltage between the electrode and the workpiece to cause electric discharge and feed an electric current between the electrode and the workpiece;
a shaft-feed controller to cause the shaft-feed driving member to perform a jump operation during a machining operation; and
a machining-condition setting circuit to set the voltage applied between the electrode and the workpiece by the voltage/current applying circuit and the electric current flowing between the electrode and the workpiece, wherein the machining-condition setting circuit determines whether the electric discharge between the electrode and the workpiece stabilizes after the jump operation ends and, in at least a part of a period before determining that the electric discharge stabilizes, sets at least one of the voltage and the electric current to a condition in which electric discharge more easily occurs than in a condition at a time when electric discharge machining is applied.

US Pat. No. 10,189,094

MULTIFUNCTIONAL ADJUSTABLE DRILLING MACHINE

CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD.,...

1. A multifunctional adjustable drilling machine, comprising supporting leg seats, a frame, a bottom plate, driller supports, driller support index plates, drillers, a compression cylinder bracket, a compression cylinder support, a compression plate, a compression cylinder, motors, belt pulleys, conveying belts, a clamp body and a drill bit guide sleeve assembly, whereinthe supporting leg seats are connected with the frame, the frame being connected with the bottom plate, the bottom plate being connected with the driller supports, the bottom plate being provided with holes and positioning pins matched with the driller supports, angles of the driller support index plates being adjustable, the drillers machine holes in an automobile die casting at different angles, and the compression cylinder bracket and the compression cylinder support being connected to the bottom plate; the compression plate being connected to a piston rod of the compression cylinder, the compression cylinder being arranged on the compression cylinder support, the motors driving the belt pulleys and the conveying belts to rotate, the automobile die casting being positioned by the clamp body, and the compression plate clamping the automobile die casting via the compression cylinder; and the drill bit guide sleeve assembly exerting an effect of preventing the drillers from deviating.

US Pat. No. 10,189,087

METHODS OF MAKING PARTS FROM AT LEAST ONE ELEMENTAL METAL POWDER

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method of making a part from at least one elemental metal powder, the part having a near-net shape, a part volume, and a part density, the method comprising:providing a sintered preform having a sintered density;
separating a portion from the sintered preform, the portion having a portion volume exceeding the part volume and a portion shape different from the near-net shape of the part; and
thermally cycling the portion for a thermal-cycling time period at a thermal-cycling pressure while superplastically deforming the portion to form the part having the near net shape and the part density.

US Pat. No. 10,189,085

HOLLOW METAL PARTICLES, ELECTRODE CATALYST INCLUDING SAME, ELECTROCHEMICAL BATTERY INCLUDING THE ELECTRODE CATALYST, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING HOLLOW METAL PARTICLES

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A hollow metal particle comprising:a hollow core portion comprising two or more kinds of surfactant; and
a metal shell including a first metal, a second metal, and a third metal,
wherein the second metal and the third metal each include a metal having a standard reduction potential that is lower than a standard reduction potential of the first metal,
wherein the surfactant includes one kind or more cation surfactants and one kind or more anion surfactants, and
wherein a mole ratio of the cation surfactants is 0.1 or more and 0.4 or less based on a mole number of the anion surfactants.

US Pat. No. 10,189,084

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FABRICATION OF HYDROGEN-PERMEABLE MEMBRANES

1. A method for fabrication of an hydrogen-permeable membrane, comprising:a) forming an alloy of a target composition and structure from powders; and
b) forming a membrane from the alloy of the target composition and structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,081

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING VIA DIRECT WRITING OF PURE METAL AND EUTECTICS THROUGH LATENT HEAT POSITION CONTROL

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

5. An additive manufacturing apparatus for producing a product, comprising:an additive manufacturing print head;
a high temperature material in said additive manufacturing print head, wherein said high temperature material in said additive manufacturing print head includes powdered metal particles;
a nozzle in said additive manufacturing print head, said nozzle extruding said high temperature material;
a print head heater system operatively connected to said additive manufacturing print head;
an agitation system for agitating said high temperature material;
a substrate; and
a system for producing relative movement between said additive manufacturing print head and said substrate to form the product.

US Pat. No. 10,189,078

MOLD OSCILLATOR

JP STEEL PLANTECH CO., Y...

1. A mold oscillator for oscillating a mold of a continuous casting machine, comprising:a servo motor;
a hall screw unit that includes a ball screw having a threaded shaft and a ball nut, and a nut-side shaft fixed to the ball nut coaxially with the threaded shaft, wherein the ball screw unit is positioned so that a central axis of the ball screw unit extends in a vertical direction;
a power transmitter that is configured to transmit rotation of a rotary shaft of the servo motor to a first shaft that is one of the threaded shaft and the nut-side shaft of the hall screw unit that is positioned on a lower side, wherein a second shaft that is the other of the threaded shaft and the nut-side shaft of the ball screw unit is configured to be connected to the mold side;
a casing that surrounds at least part of the ball screw, the casing being configured so as to be able to submerge the ball nut of the ball screw and part of the threaded shaft of the bail screw, on which part the ball nut is engaged with the threaded shaft, in a lubricating oil to lubricate the ball screw with an oil bath;
a lubricating oil tank that stores the lubricating oil;
a collection pipe for introducing the lubricating oil to the lubricating oil tank, the collection pipe being connected to an outlet port provided in a lower portion of the casing; and
a lubricating oil supplier that includes a pump connected to an inlet port provided above the outlet port in the casing, the supplier being configured to resupply the lubricating oil in the lubricating oil tank into the casing through the inlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,189,077

METHOD FOR CONTINUOUS-CASTING SLAB

1. A method for continuous-casting a slab while reduction is carried out on the slab using a continuous casting machine with two stages of reduction rolls, each of the two stages consisting of a pair of the reduction rolls, and being arranged along a casting direction, a diameter of each of the reduction rolls being 1.2 to 2.0 times as much as thickness of the slab just before reduction with corresponding reduction rolls, the continuous casting machine including the reduction rolls and support rolls, the support rolls being arranged between said two stages of the reduction rolls, the method comprising;increasing a casting speed compared to a state where the slab is cast at a constant speed under combination of reduction with reduction rolls at a first stage on a portion of the slab at an end of solidification, a solid-phase ratio of the portion at a center of the slab in a thickness direction being no less than 0.8 and less than 1.0, and reduction with reduction rolls at a second stage on a solidified portion of the slab, a solid-phase ratio of the solidified portion at the center of the slab in the thickness direction being 1.0, the reduction rolls at the second stage being arranged more downstream than the reduction rolls of the first stage in the casting direction, and
switching the combination to a combination of reduction with the reduction rolls at the first stage on an unsolidified portion of the slab, a solid-phase ratio of the unsolidified portion at the center of the slab in the thickness direction being less than 0.8, with an adjusted reduction amount of the reduction rolls at the first stage, and the reduction with the reduction rolls at the second stage on the solidified portion of the slab, the solid-phase ratio of the solidified portion at the center of the slab in the thickness direction being 1.0, accompanying movement of a place of the slab where the solidification is ended downstream in the casting direction due to the increase of the casting speed.

US Pat. No. 10,189,076

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ACTUATED FABRICATOR

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. An apparatus for fabrication, wherein:(a) the apparatus is configured to deposit a first material to fabricate a tensile structure;
(b) weight of the apparatus is supported by at least three tensile elements;
(c) the apparatus includes actuators that are onboard the apparatus; and
(d) the onboard actuators are configured to actuate movements of the apparatus along the at least three tensile elements, such that the apparatus moves to different points in a three-dimensional volume while the first material is deposited; and
(e) the apparatus includes a sieve configured to spin fibers that are deposited to fabricate the tensile structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,075

METHOD OF RIVETING INVOLVING ULTRASONIC PULSES

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of riveting a first substrate and a second substrate with a rivet having a rivet head and a rivet body, the first and second substrates having respective exterior surfaces and respective interior surfaces, the method comprising:placing the respective interior surfaces of the first and second substrates adjacent to one another at a predefined target area;
delivering a first ultrasonic pulse to the respective exterior surface of the first substrate at the predefined target area via an ultrasonic device, the first ultrasonic pulse being configured to soften the first substrate at a first softening temperature;
attaching a crust layer on the rivet head, the crust layer and the rivet head being composed of dissimilar materials;
forming a joint by inserting the rivet into the first and second substrates at the predefined target area;
applying a second ultrasonic pulse to the predefined target area such that sufficient heat is generated to soften the crust layer at a second softening temperature, via the ultrasonic device, the second ultrasonic pulse having a relatively higher energy than the first ultrasonic pulse; and
cooling the crust layer to harden into a seal configured to prevent entry of moisture between the rivet and the respective exterior surface of the first substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,189,074

RING ROLLING PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR RING ROLLING

Cambridge Enterprise Limi...

1. A ring rolling process comprising:providing a ring shaped workpiece, the ring shaped workpiece having a principal axis, an inner radial surface, an outer radial surface, a first axial surface and a second axial surface;
subjecting the workpiece to radial pressure between a forming roll acting on the outer radial surface and a mandrel roll acting on the inner radial surface, at a radial roll bite region, wherein:
a first axial roll and a second axial roll are provided at the first axial surface and the second axial surface respectively, to subject the workpiece to axial pressure, the first and second axial rolls being provided at an angular position, measured around the workpiece and with respect to the principal axis, within ±10° of said radial roll bite region;
and, in order to control the cross sectional shape of the workpiece at least one of the following conditions (i) and (ii) applies:
(i) the mandrel roll has a projecting portion for contact with the workpiece, the projecting portion having an axial extent which is smaller than the axial height of the workpiece, the mandrel roll being axially moveable relative to the workpiece during the ring rolling process so that the projecting portion is applied to different axial locations of the workpiece, in order to control the shape applied to the workpiece;
and
(ii) the forming roll has a projecting portion for contact with the workpiece, the projecting portion having an axial extent which is smaller than the axial height of the workpiece, the forming roll being axially moveable relative to the workpiece during the ring rolling process so that the projecting portion is applied to different axial locations of the workpiece, in order to control the shape applied to the workpiece;
and wherein the first and second axial rolls are independently moved to adapt to the changing cross section of the workpiece during forming.

US Pat. No. 10,189,072

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INCREMENTAL SHEET FORMING OF TAILORED BLANKS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method of making a sheet metal component from a tailored blank, said method comprising:providing an initial blank formed from a first material and having an initial thickness;
completely separating less than the initial thickness of the first material from a region of the initial blank to form a tailored blank, wherein the complete separation of the first material results in a thinned interior portion of the tailored blank, the thinned interior portion of the tailored blank having a nonzero local thickness that is less than the initial thickness, and wherein the thinned interior portion of the tailored blank is enclosed by portions of the tailored blank that retain the initial thickness; and
forming the sheet metal component from the tailored blank by an incremental sheet forming process.

US Pat. No. 10,189,070

ROLLER FOR ROLL FORMING

Victaulic Company, Easto...

1. An apparatus for roll forming a pipe element, said apparatus comprising:an outer roller engageable with an outer surface of said pipe element, said outer roller comprising:
a body rotatable about a first axis of rotation, said body having a perimeter region positioned radially distal to and surrounding said first axis, said perimeter region comprising:
a first face oriented transversely to said first axis;
a second face, contiguous with said first face;
a third face, contiguous with said second face and oriented transversely to said first axis;
a channel positioned in said third face and extending around said perimeter region;
said apparatus further comprising:
an inner roller engageable with an inner surface of said pipe element, said inner roller being rotatable about a second axis of rotation oriented substantially parallel to said first axis;
an actuator for moving said inner and outer rollers toward and away from one another; and
a motor for rotating one of said inner and outer rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,189,068

BENDING PRESS

BYSTRONIC LASER AG, Nied...

1. A bending press comprising:an upper tool;
a first tool holder configured to hold said upper tool;
a lower tool;
a second tool holder configured to hold said lower tool;
a workpiece-positioning stop movably mounted relative to said upper and lower tools;
a drive operatively connected to said workpiece-positioning stop to controllably position said workpiece-positioning stop relative to said tools;
a sensor configured to detect, respectively for each of said upper and lower tools, at least one respective tool parameter selected from the group of tool parameters consisting of tool position and tool type; and,
a controller in operative communication with said drive, said controller being in operative communication with said sensor to receive therefrom, respectively for each of said upper and lower tools, detected respective values of the at least one tool parameter, said controller having electronic circuitry and programmed instructions that control said drive to controllably position said workpiece-positioning stop relative to said upper and lower tools depending on at least one detected respective value of the at least one tool parameter respectively for each of said upper and lower tools.

US Pat. No. 10,189,065

STEEL PIPE, STEEL PIPE STRUCTURE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING STEEL PIPE, AND METHOD OF DESIGNING STEEL PIPE

JFE Steel Corporation, (...

5. A method of designing a steel pipe having a waveform shape formed on an outer diameter thereof by a pipe expansion process, the method comprising:a step of evaluating, with respect to the steel pipe to be manufactured, a relationship between ratio w/? and a buckling-time bending angle by using Equation (1), the ratio w/? defining a ratio of a wavelength w of the waveform shape to a Timoshenko's buckling wavelength ?, and further determining the wavelength w and an amplitude a of the waveform shape, on a basis of a result of the evaluation:
where parameters “D1”, “D2”, “?”, and “?” have values determined by the outer diameter and a thickness of the steel pipe to be manufactured.

US Pat. No. 10,189,064

CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TAPERED STRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION

Keystone Tower Systems, I...

1. A system for forming a tapered structure, the system comprising:at least three rolls including at least one bend roll and at least two guide rolls, the at least two guide rolls including rollette banks comprising a plurality of rollettes;
a rollette steering mechanism controllable to steer the plurality of rollettes to change an angle of the plurality of rollettes with respect to a stock material to change a first position of the stock material as the stock material is fed into the at least three rolls;
an infeed actuator controllable to adjust a second position of the stock material as the stock material is fed into the at least three rolls, the stock material forming the tapered structure as the stock material is rolled through the at least three rolls; and
a joining element configured to join edges of the stock material together as the stock material is rolled through the at least three rolls to form the tapered structure;
a model implemented on a computer, the model comprising a sequence of positions and infeed angles of the stock material as the stock material is fed into or through the at least three rolls for forming the tapered structure;
a sensor configured to detect a position of the stock material; and
a controller configured to receive instructions based on the sequence of positions and infeed angles of the model and to receive feedback from the sensor, the controller further configured to selectively send a first control signal to the rollette steering mechanism to steer the plurality of rollettes for changing the first position of the stock material and to selectively send a second control signal to the infeed actuator to adjust the second position of the stock material, wherein each one of the first control signal and the second control signal is based on a combination of the instructions based on the sequence of positions and infeed angles of the model and the feedback from the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,189,062

COMPENSATION METHOD FOR ASYMMETRIC PLATE PROFILE OF PLATE/STRIP ROLLING MILL

1. A compensation method for an asymmetric plate profile of a plate/strip rolling mill for compensating an asymmetric profile produced in the plate/strip rolling comprising:grinding a non-linear asymmetric no-load roll contour profile curve on at least one of an upper work roll and a lower work roll of the rolling mill to obtain a non-linear asymmetric no-load roll gap asymmetric at a transmission side and an operation side between the upper work roll and the lower work roll; wherein
a non-linear asymmetric no-load roll gap height curve of the non-linear asymmetric no-load roll gap formed between the upper work roll and the lower work roll is expressed by a first three or higher order polynomial equation, a first axial coordinate of a first centerline between the upper work roll and the lower work roll is used as a first variable of the first three or higher order polynomial equation, and a coefficient of a highest odd-ordered term of the first three or higher order polynomial equation is not zero, the first three or higher order polynomial equation is described by equation (1) as below:
Gap(x)=Gap0+G1·x1+G2·x+G3x3+ . . . +Gn·xn  (1)
wherein, x is the first axial coordinate of the first centerline between the upper work roll and the lower work roll with a first center of the first centerline as a first origin of a first coordinate system;
Gap0 is a set value of a roll gap between the upper work roll and the lower work roll at the center of the first centerline between the upper work roll and the lower work roll;
G1, G2, G3, . . . Gn are coefficients of the first three or higher order polynomial equation, and each of G1, G2, G3, . . . Gn ranges from ?1 to 1; and
n is no less than 3.

US Pat. No. 10,189,061

MANUFACTURED COMPOSITE HAVING SYNTHETIC VEGETATION AND IMPERMEABLE GEOMEMBRANE, AND CAPPING SYSTEM USING SAME

Lite Earth LLC, Austin, ...

1. A synthetic turf composite structure, comprising:a synthetic turf including synthetic grass and a permeable primary, wherein the synthetic turf includes a tufted section having the synthetic grass tufted into the permeable primary and an untufted section without the synthetic grass tufted into the permeable primary, wherein an upper end portion of the synthetic grass extends above a first side of the permeable primary and a lower end portion of the synthetic grass extends through the permeable primary to expose the lower end portion of the synthetic grass at a second side of the permeable primary and wherein the untufted section extends from the tufted section to an edge of the permeable primary;
an impermeable geomembrane having an upper side and a lower side, wherein the impermeable geomembrane underlies the second side of the permeable primary at said tufted and untufted sections thereof, wherein the lower end portion of the synthetic grass terminates within a space defined between the upper side of the impermeable geomembrane and the second side of the permeable primary;
a first layer of bonding material between the permeable primary of the synthetic turf and the impermeable geomembrane adjoining the tufted and untufted sections of the synthetic turf with the impermeable geomembrane such that the synthetic turf and the impermeable geomembrane are bonded together to form a composite structure; and
a second layer of bonding material on at least a portion of the first side of the permeable primary along a length of the untufted section of the synthetic turf between the tufted section and the first length-wise edge of the permeable primary.

US Pat. No. 10,189,060

CABLE FEEDING DEVICE FOR DRAIN CLEANER

SDY International Co., Lt...

1. A cable feeding device for a drain cleaner, the drain cleaner including a cable drum, a cable received in the cable drum, and a support tube joining at a front end of the cable drum, with the cable feeding device comprising:an upper body adapted to be mounted on the support tube of the drain cleaner, with the upper body including an outside surface and an inside surface that defines an upper holding space, with a raised connecting tube provided on the outside surface of the upper body and having an inner bore in communication with a through-hole formed in the upper body;
a control subassembly including a mounting pillar, an upper feeding roller, and an operating member, with the mounting pillar moveably received in the connecting tube, with the mounting pillar including a lower end and an upper end, with the lower end of the mounting pillar extending through the through-hole of the upper body and into the upper holding space of the upper body, with the upper end of the mounting pillar located in the inner bore of the connecting tube, with the upper feeding roller mounted on the lower end of the mounting pillar, with the operating member threadedly engaged on the connecting tube and including a resisting pillar at a bottom thereof to press the upper end of the mounting pillar; and
a lower body detachably combined with the upper body and including an outside surface and an inside surface that is opposite to the inside surface of the upper body and defines a lower holding space, with two support bases provided on the inside surface of the lower body, with two lower feeding rollers respectively mounted on the two support bases and located in the lower holding space, wherein the cable extends through a region encircled with the upper and lower feeding rollers and can be held or released by the upper and lower feeding rollers,
wherein the upper and lower bodies respectively include a plurality of connecting holes therein, with a plurality of screws respectively penetrating the connecting holes of the upper body as well as the connecting holes of the lower body to combine the upper and lower bodies,
wherein the lower body has a separate mold-stripping hole therein adjacent to one side of each of the two support bases for manufacturing of the upper and lower bodies in plastic injection molding processes.

US Pat. No. 10,189,059

DEVICES FOR CROSS BORE SAFEGUARD DURING SEWER SYSTEM CLEANOUTS

Gas Technology Institute,...

1. A sewer system cleanout safety device for cross bore safeguard during sewer system cleanout, said safety device comprising:a housing for placement at a sewer cleanout opening to prevent passage of gas out through the sewer cleanout opening during the sewer system cleanout,
the housing having opposed inner and outer cleanout opening surfaces, and a peripheral surface extending between said inner and outer cleanout opening surfaces, and
the housing having a cavity extending between said inner and outer cleanout opening surfaces to permit passage of a sewer system cleanout implement therethrough, the housing having a cavity lining surface to seal with the sewer system cleanout implement passing therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,189,056

SMART PHONE SCREEN CLEANING PAD

Scrub Daddy, Inc., Folcr...

1. A cleaning pad for cleaning the screen of a smart phone or other similar electronic device comprising:a substantially planar pad having a first surface, an opposed second surface and a periphery encircling the edges of said surfaces;
said first surface being comprised of a microfiber fabric capable of cleaning the screen of a smart phone when rubbed across the screen;
said second surface being comprised of an adhesive material bonded to said first surface and being capable of being attached to and removed from the back of said smart phone, and
said periphery having a thickness greater than the thickness of the remainder of said pad.

US Pat. No. 10,189,055

COLOR BASED OPTICAL GRADING SYSTEM WITH MULTI REFLECTANCE AND MULTI-ANGLE VIEWS

NANOPIX INTEGRATED SOFTWA...

1. A novel color based optical grading system with multi-reflectance and multi-angle views for grading objects of different external characteristics, said optical grading system comprising of multiple advanced optics units which are placed above and below a flat transparent conveyor which is an arrangement of multiple trays forming multiple trays, where each tray is an assembly of multiple flat transparent surfaces with facility for multi-vision of single object in a single flat transparent surface in a pre-defined position; and at least one master controller; wherein the arrangement of said multiple advanced optics units above and below the conveyor is always kept in a way so as to provide exactly two advanced optics units for covering both top and bottom sides of each object to be graded; and wherein each advanced optics unit comprises of:multiple programmable cameras which are placed at a specific distance from said flat transparent surface and said multiple cameras are adapted to capture different views of each object at different frequencies of electromagnetic spectrum and to get a proper focus of said flat transparent surface;
multiple mirrors/multiple prisms to get redirected light reflected from side views of each object to said cameras which enable said multiple cameras to capture multi-reflectance and multi-angle based views of said object to analyze said object and said multiple mirrors/prisms also enables said cameras to get a proper focus of reflections of said multiple mirrors/prisms and said object;
at least one mirror/prism adjustment assembly to adjust the angles of said multiple mirrors or multiple prisms relative to the position of said object on said flat transparent surface; to adjust said mirrors/prisms according to size variations of multiple objects; and to vary vertical or horizontal distance of said mirrors/prisms from said flat transparent surface;
multiple spectral light sources to illuminate every side view of said object at different frequencies of electromagnetic spectrum, wherein said spectral light sources are correlated with all said cameras and said light sources is either flash lighting or continuous lighting, and some of said light sources are triggered with some respective cameras while others light sources are turned off as per the requirement;
at least one backlighting dome placed exactly opposite of each advanced optics unit, wherein said each backlighting dome is arranged in said optical grading system in such a way that there lays at least one flat transparent surface between each said backlighting dome and each advanced optics units to provide uniform backlight for capturing objects in multi-reflection and multi-angle based views and said backlighting dome comprises of multi-colored, flashing or non-flashing back lights, wherein said backlighting dome is optionally covered with a diffusion sheet which is adapted to change in color of said sheet according to different characteristics of said object; and
at least one image processing unit for processing multi-reflectance and multi-angle based views of said object taken by said cameras; wherein said multiple cameras said multiple spectral light sources, said multiple adjustable mirrors/multiple adjustable prisms, said mirror adjustment assembly, said backlighting dome and said image processing unit work collaboratively to ensure the enhanced surface analysis of said object, and further wherein said advanced optics unit enhances the sideways features of said objects including sideways lighting from different sides using multiple reflections from multiple angles by enabling said multiple cameras to analyze said object from all side views and also from top and bottom views for accurate complete analysis of said object; wherein said master controller of said optical grading system intelligently remembers the position of each said object dropped on each flat transparent surface of each tray and decide the final grade of each said object based on inputs received from each image processing unit of corresponding each advanced optics unit by comparing said inputs with pre-determined data.

US Pat. No. 10,189,053

CURVED ULTRASONIC HIFU TRANSDUCER WITH PRE-FORMED SPHERICAL MATCHING LAYER

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A curved high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) transducer comprising:a curved piezoelectric array comprising opposite convex and concave surfaces, the concave surface being a transmitting surface, the curved piezoelectric array further comprising a plurality of acoustic transmission areas;
a plurality of electrodes located on the surfaces of the curved piezoelectric array for applying electrical transmit signals to the acoustic transmission areas; and
a unitary, continuously formed curved matching layer sheet pre-formed to a desired curvature of the curved transducer array and bonded to the entire transmitting surface of the curved piezoelectric array, thereby providing acoustic matching and electrical isolation for the transmitting surface of the curved piezoelectric array, wherein the curved matching layer includes a convex surface bonded to the transmitting surface of the curved piezoelectric array.

US Pat. No. 10,189,052

METHODS OF DRIVING POLARIZATION INVERSION IN FERROELECTRIC MATERIALS AND DEVICES

THUNDER BAY REGIONAL HEAL...

1. A method of electrically driving a ferroelectric material to achieve polarization inversion, the ferroelectric material having an anisotropic potential energy surface with an energy barrier for a curved switching path that is lower than for the barrier for a direct path associated with uniaxial switching, the method comprising:applying time-dependent voltages to the ferroelectric material in at least two directions; and
controlling the voltages such that the orientation of the electric field within the ferroelectric material varies with time during the switching cycle, such that the coercive field is reduced relative to the coercive field required for uniaxial excitation;
wherein the voltages are applied such that the coercive field is exceeded during the switching cycle, thereby achieving polarization inversion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,051

VIBRATION MOTOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NIDEC SEIMITSU CORPORATIO...

1. A vibration motor, comprising:a base portion which expands perpendicular to a vertical center axis;
a magnet which is a single monolithic member made of a single magnetic material fixed to an upper side of the base portion to extend in a vertical direction;
a vibrator portion which is disposed around the magnet and vibrates in the vertical direction;
a cover portion which is fixed to the base portion and covers upper and side portions of the magnet and the vibrator portion; and
an elastic member which is disposed between an upper inner surface of the cover portion and a top portion of the vibrator portion; wherein
the vibrator portion includes:
a coil portion which faces the magnet in a radial direction; and
a mass portion which is fixed to the coil portion, and
the magnet includes:
a plurality of magnetic pole pairs which are arranged in the vertical direction and each of which has two vertically adjacent magnetic poles having a different polarity from each other; and
a non-magnetic portion which is disposed between each of the plurality of magnetic pole pairs in the vertical direction and in which the polarity of magnetic poles on both sides vertically adjacent to the non-magnetic portion is identical.

US Pat. No. 10,189,047

FLUID EJECTION APPARATUS WITH FLUID SUPPLY FLOOR FILTER

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A fluid ejection apparatus comprising:a fluid supply channel;
a drop generator vertically below and horizontally offset from the fluid supply channel;
a filter below the fluid supply channel and forming a floor of the fluid supply channel, wherein the filter extends between the fluid supply channel and the drop generator such that fluid is to flow in a vertical direction into the floor of the fluid supply channel and horizontally to the drop generator; and
a passage having an inlet to receive fluid that is passed through the filter and an outlet spaced from the inlet and connected to the fluid supply channel, the passage having a first portion extending in a first direction from the inlet and a second portion extending from the first portion to the outlet in a second direction, opposite to the first direction, the drop generator being located along the second portion of the passage.

US Pat. No. 10,189,044

APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR APPLYING A LIQUID CROP-PRESERVATIVE FORMULATION TO A CONTAINER

1,4 Group, Inc., Meridia...

1. An apparatus for applying a predetermined, controlled quantity of a liquid crop-preservative formulation onto a substrate on an interior surface of a container, wherein the liquid crop-preservative formulation comprises a crop-preservative active ingredient and at least one solvent or diluent, the apparatus comprising:a reservoir for containing the liquid crop-preservative formulation that comprises the crop-preservative active ingredient and the at least one solvent or diluent;
a pump for providing a pressurized stream of the liquid crop-preservative formulation;
transport means to transport the liquid crop-preservative formulation from the reservoir to the pump;
a sensor configured to sense the container and to send a signal to a controller upon sensing the container under an injection nozzle;
the controller configured to send an actuator signal to a control valve upon receiving the signal from the sensor; and
the control valve configured to be opened for a controlled period of time upon receiving the actuator signal from the controller, to cause an injection of a predetermined quantity of the liquid crop-preservative formulation to be injected into the container from the injection nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,042

VAPOR DEPOSITION MASK WITH METAL PLATE

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A method of producing an organic semiconductor element by vapor deposition, comprising the steps of:arranging a vapor deposition target, a vapor deposition mask and a vapor deposition source in this order; and
forming an organic semiconductor element by using the vapor deposition mask,
wherein the vapor deposition mask comprises
a metal mask having a first opening, and
a resin mask that is stacked on the metal mask, the resin mask having second openings corresponding to a pattern to be to be produced by vapor deposition, and
wherein the resin mask faces the vapor deposition target during the forming step.

US Pat. No. 10,189,038

INDUCTIVELY HEATABLE FLUID RESERVOIR FOR VARIOUS FLUID TYPES

Toaster Labs, Inc., Seat...

1. A fluid delivery pod comprising:a first surface;
a second surface that opposes the first surface;
a reservoir body intermediate the first and the second surfaces, wherein the reservoir body is configured to house a fluid;
an outlet port in fluid communication with the reservoir;
a heating structure within the reservoir body and being electrically conductive to wirelessly receive inductive energy from an energy source that is external to the fluid reservoir to heat at least a portion of the fluid within the reservoir body; and
a valve assembly that is operative to, in response to an application of compression forces on the opposing first and the second surfaces, dispense at least a portion of the heated fluid through the outlet port;
wherein the first surface further comprises a piston that translates along at least a portion of the reservoir body.

US Pat. No. 10,189,037

EASY-TO-CLEAN SPRAY GUN, ACCESSORIES THEREFOR, AND MOUNTING AND DISMOUNTING METHODS

1. A spray gun usable with a material supply device, the spray gun having a spray medium outlet, and further comprising:a body including a recess proximate the spray medium outlet, the recess located on an upper side of the body, the recess forming an opening that does not face a spraying direction at a forward end of the body;
a trigger;
a paint needle-actuating element that is separate from the trigger and is coupled to the trigger, the paint needle-actuating element positioned within the body to form a part of the body;
an exchangeable paint medium guide unit sized and dimensioned to be inserted into the body recess through the opening in the body;
a paint needle that is moveably contained within the guide unit to form a part of the guide unit;
the needle-actuating element moveable along a longitudinal axis of the paint needle-actuating element that is at least one of parallel and coaxial to an axis of movement of the needle, the paint needle-actuating element releaseably connected to the paint needle by a coupling formed between an end of the paint needle and an end of the paint needle-actuating element, the coupling formed from a receptacle on one of the paint needle-actuating element and needle, and a ball on the other of the paint needle-actuating element and needle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,033

DEPOSITION OF COATINGS ON SUBSTRATES

Laser Fusion Technologies...

1. A coating process for the deposition of a layer of a first material onto a substrate of a second material, the second material optionally being different from the first material, the process including the steps:entraining powder particles of the first material into a carrier gas flow to form a powder beam directed to impinge on the substrate, thereby defining a powder beam footprint region at the substrate;
causing relative movement of the powder beam and the substrate in a movement direction to move the powder beam footprint relative to the substrate to deposit the layer of the first material; and
operating a laser source to direct a laser beam along a laser beam principal axis direction to provide a laser beam footprint to cause direct, local heating of at least one of the forward substrate region and the powder beam footprint region, without macroscopic melting of the first material,the laser beam principal axis direction being defined with reference to a plane coincident with or tangential to a surface of the substrate at the centre of the laser beam footprint in terms of an elevation angle from the plane to the laser beam principal axis direction and in terms of an acute azimuthal angle from the movement direction to the laser beam principal axis direction, wherein the elevation angle is 80° or less and the azimuthal angle is ±60° or less.

US Pat. No. 10,189,030

SHOWER HEAD WITH A TOROIDAL PULSATOR AND A MAGNETIC RING

FTT DOO, (RS)

1. A shower arm connected to a hose by way of a thread, comprising:a body within a shower head including a cover; and
a bell arranged from a bottom side of the shower arm that is connected through a thread with the body, inside of which a chamber includes a torus that moves towards and away from the cover to regulate a pressure and width of a spray of the shower arm, the torus being arranged above a nozzle within the bell, wherein during showering air is suctioned from the chamber through the nozzle and swirled with water to form the spray that exits the bell through the nozzle;
a groove, within the bell, arranged from a bottom side of the bell, into which a ring is provided with circumferentially arranged pins are inserted; and
another groove arranged on the ring of circumferentially arranged pins from the upper side thereof, into which a magnetic ring made of a strip of a rolled flexible material is circumferentially inserted.

US Pat. No. 10,189,028

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WASHING AND GRADING AGGREGATE

CDE Global Limited, Cook...

1. An apparatus for washing and grading aggregate comprising a chassis, a first grading screen mounted on the chassis for removing oversize material from a feed material, a first hydrocyclone mounted on the chassis receiving undersize material and water from the first grading screen, a second grading screen mounted on the chassis for producing at least one sand product, the second grading screen receiving an underflow from the first hydrocyclone; a second hydrocyclone mounted on the chassis receiving undersize material and water from the second grading screen, an underflow from the second hydrocyclone being delivered onto the second grading screen, wherein the second grading screen is configurable as a split screen having a longitudinally extending dividing wall separating the grading screen into the first and second screening regions, each region being adapted to produce a separate sand product.

US Pat. No. 10,189,019

ELECTROCHEMICAL DEVICE AND APPARATUS AND METHODS IMPLEMENTING SUCH AN APPARATUS

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA REC...

1. An electrochemical device comprising a fluidic cell having an internal volume able to be filled with a fluid and at least one first and one second electrode making contact with said internal volume, wherein at least said first electrode comprises a layer made of a conductive material that is optically absorbent at at least one wavelength ? in the visible, near-infrared or near-ultraviolet spectrum, said layer being arranged on or in an internal surface of a wall of said fluidic cell which is at least partially transparent to said wavelength ?, the electrochemical device further comprising an optical device for imaging in reflection, which is arranged to illuminate said layer through said wall at at least said wavelength ? and also to observe it through said wall, —wherein said wall forms, with said layer, a window having, a transmittance higher than or equal to 30% when illuminated, at said wavelength ?, by said optical device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,018

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING PRECISE ALIQUOTS OF LIQUID

VISTALAB TECHNOLOGIES, IN...

1. A pipette controller comprising:a pipette holder adapted to operatively connect a pipette to the pipette controller;
a pressure tank pneumatically connected to the pipette holder;
a pump pneumatically connected to the pressure tank and configured to inject air into the pressure tank to create positive air pressure inside the pressure tank;
an aliquot valve controlling airflow between the pressure tank and the pipette holder;
an electronic control; and
a pressure tank pressure sensor that measures air pressure inside the pressure tank;
wherein the electronic control opens and closes the aliquot valve; and
wherein the electronic control opens the aliquot valve to begin dispensing an aliquot of fluid, and closes the aliquot valve when the air pressure measured by the pressure tank pressure sensor changes to a predetermined air pressure corresponding to an amount of air transferred from the pressure tank to the pipette holder to dispense a volume of fluid equal to an aliquot volume.

US Pat. No. 10,189,017

HONEYCOMB MONOLITH STRUCTURE

YARA INTERNATIONAL ASA, ...

1. A honeycomb monolith structure, comprising:a plurality of cell walls defining a plurality of polygonal channels, the plurality of cell walls and channels extending in parallel along a common direction from an entrance end to an outlet end of the structure in a fluid flow direction and where the channels are open in both ends, wherein a transversal cross section of a polygonal channel has a convex polygon shape, wherein at least 50% of the internal angles between two adjacent walls of the convex polygon are greater than 90 degrees and wherein a cell diameter ratio LL/LS (longest over shortest diameter) is greater than 1.5 and wherein a majority of the channels have the same flow resistance.

US Pat. No. 10,189,014

SOLID PHOSPHORIC ACID CATALYSTS

Clariant Corporation, Lo...

1. A calcined solid phosphoric acid catalyst composition comprising:one or more phosphoric acids;
one or more silicon phosphates;
optionally, one or more additional inorganic phosphates; and
optionally, a siliceous support material,
wherein the amount of phosphate in the calcined solid phosphoric acid catalyst composition is within the range of about 30 wt. % to about 85 wt. %, calculated as P2O5 on a calcined basis; and
the amount of silicon in the calcined solid phosphoric acid catalyst composition is within the range of about 15 wt. % to about 70 wt. %, calculated as SiO2on a calcined basis; and
wherein
(i) the calcined solid phosphoric acid catalyst composition includes one or more promoters each selected from the group consisting of boron, bismuth, tungsten, silver, and lanthanum, present in an amount within the range of about 0.015 wt. % to about 5 wt. %, calculated as oxide on a calcined basis;
(ii) the calcined solid phosphoric acid catalyst composition is the calcined product of a mixture comprising one or more of a silica-alumina clay, a silica fiber material and a silica-alumina fiber material, present in the mixture in an amount within the range of about 0.1 wt. % to about 15 wt. % on a calcined basis; or
(iii) the calcined solid phosphoric acid catalyst composition is the calcined product of a mixture comprising fumed silica, present in the mixture in an amount within the range of about 0.1 wt. % to about 15 wt. % on a calcined basis.

US Pat. No. 10,189,004

REACTION CHAMBER FOR A CHEMICAL REACTOR, AND CHEMICAL REACTOR CONSTRUCTED THEREFROM

BAYER AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

1. A reaction chamber for a chemical reactor, comprising:a first casing of the reaction chamber,
a first floor of the reaction chamber connected to the first casing and having an opening located in the floor,
an agitator shaft located in the chamber and having at least one agitator element connected thereto, wherein the agitator shaft, seen in the longitudinal direction, has a beginning and an end,
a removable sleeve having a first open end and an opposing second open end, wherein the second opposing open end projects out of the opening in the first floor of the reaction chamber,
wherein the removable sleeve is arranged in alignment with the axis of rotation of the agitator shaft,
wherein the internal diameter of the removable sleeve is greater than the diameter of the agitator shaft,
wherein the agitator shaft extends through the first open end and the opposing second open end of the removable sleeve out of the reaction chamber and forming a gap between the agitator shaft and the inner wall of the removable sleeve, and,
wherein each of the beginning and end of the agitator shaft is adapted to attach to an end or a beginning of a second agitator shaft, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,189,003

CONTINUOUS MICROWAVE-ASSISTED SEGMENTED FLOW REACTOR FOR HIGH-QUALITY NANOCRYSTAL SYNTHESIS

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, ...

1. A method for producing nanoparticles, comprising:providing a reactor having a fluid passageway extending therethrough and having a source of energy capable of being absorbed by and heating a polar fluid;
providing both a polar fluid and a non-polar fluid in the fluid passageway, with at least one of the polar and non-polar fluids comprising a nanoparticle precursor therein;
flowing the polar and nonpolar fluids through the fluid passageway; and
exposing the polar fluid with sufficient energy from the energy source to heat the polar fluid and cause nucleation of the nanoparticle precursor to create nanoparticles,
wherein the steps of flowing and exposing cooperate to prevent deposition of nanoparticles on the walls of the fluid passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,189,002

APPARATUS FOR FLOW-THROUGH OF ELECTRIC ARCS

Magnegas Corporation, Cl...

1. A system for the production of a gas from a fluid, the system comprising:an anode connected to a first polarity of power;
a cathode connected to a second, opposing polarity of power, the cathode separated from the anode by a gap, whereby a voltage differential between the anode and the cathode forms an arc there between;
a sleeve having a bore, the bore surrounding at least the gap between the anode and the cathode, the sleeve comprising of an electrical insulator, the bore forming a venturi that has a wider cross-sectional area at each end of the bore and a narrower cross-sectional area at a location of the gap;
an input port fluidly interfaced to a first end of the bore;
an output port fluidly interfaced to a second end of the bore;
means for flowing the fluid from the input port, through the bore of the sleeve, and out of the output port such that the fluid flows from an area around the anode to an area around the cathode or from the area around the cathode to the area around the anode; and
a vessel body made of a metallic material covering an outer surface of the sleeve;
whereas, at least some of the bi-products that are released from the fluid by the reaction are prevented from accumulating on either the anode or the cathode.

US Pat. No. 10,189,000

APPARATUS FOR INCREASING GAS COMPONENTS IN A FLUID

1. An apparatus for increasing gas components in a fluid, comprising:a controller having a data storage in communication with a network for communicating with a client device for remote control of the apparatus enabling bidirectional remote control of a fluid flow rate, a magnetic field intensity, and a plurality of pressures of the fluid based on preset parameters;
an antenna having a conductive wire coiled around a magnet fluid treatment device generating a bidirectional flux, the magnet fluid treatment device encircling at least a portion of a fluid flow conduit to magnetically treat the fluid in the fluid flow conduit, the fluid arrives in the fluid flow conduit at an entry pressure and passes past the antenna to an outlet at a discharge pressure;
a variable frequency generator electrically connected to the antenna and in communication with the controller, the variable frequency generator transmitting a frequency from 0.01 Hz to 12,500,000 Hz to the antenna to activate the antenna generating a magnetic field having flux lines to pass through the fluid flow conduit;
a gas injector having a mixing chamber, the mixing chamber having a fluid inlet receiving the fluid at a gas injector entry pressure, the gas injector comprising a fluid outlet and a gas inlet, the gas inlet being connected to a gas source providing gas components, the mixing chamber lowering the gas injector entry pressure of the fluid to a gas injector discharge pressure; and
a treatment chamber having a fluid inlet and at least one port with a vortex inducing apparatus, the treatment chamber receiving the fluid at a treatment chamber entry pressure and lowers the treatment chamber entry pressure to a treatment chamber discharge pressure, the apparatus causing absorption of an increased gas component into the fluid by 10% to 500%.

US Pat. No. 10,188,997

SCALLOP SUPPORT DISTRIBUTOR FOR RADIAL FLOW REACTOR

Woven Metal Products, Inc...

1. A support distributor for a scallop for use in a radial flow reactor, comprising an elongated sheet having:(a) a plurality of perforations extending through a thickness thereof, and
(b) at least three edges along a length thereof so as to form a member having at least three support points which engage an inner surface of the scallop.

US Pat. No. 10,188,994

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR AFTERTREATMENT OF EXHAUST GAS

PROVENTIA OY, Oulunsalo ...

1. An apparatus for aftertreatment of exhaust gas comprising:a housing configured to define an inner cavity;
an exhaust inlet arranged to the housing for entering exhaust gas to the inner cavity;
a first flow guide in the inner cavity configured to guide at least part of the exhaust gas to a first direction to form a first direction flow, the first flow guide comprising:
an elongated blade extending across the inner cavity; and
a perforated tubular element, wherein at least part of the exhaust gas is configured to enter an interior of the perforated tubular element through apertures, the perforated tubular element being configured to guide the exhaust gas to a circulating and advancing movement in a first direction,
the first flow guide in the inner cavity is configured to form, using the exhaust gas, a center flow and an edge flow circulating and advancing around the center flow in the first direction;
a reactant inlet arranged to the housing for dispensing reactant to the first direction flow in the inner cavity, the reactant configured to mix with the exhaust gas, wherein mixing of the reactant and the exhaust gas occurs within center flow in the first direction flow, the second direction flow and the third direction flow, and the center flow is advancing inside the perforated tubular element in the first direction and the edge flow is circulating and advancing around the perforated tubular element in the first direction;
a second flow guide in the inner cavity located downstream from the first flow guide, the second flow guide configured to:
guide at least a part of the first direction flow to a second direction to form a second direction flow, wherein the second direction being opposite to the first direction; and
guide the second direction flow to a third direction to form a third direction flow, wherein the third direction being downstream to the second direction and parallel to the first direction; and
an exhaust outlet arranged to the housing for exiting output exhaust gas from the inner cavity, the exhaust outlet being downstream to the second flow guide,
wherein mixing of the reactant and the exhaust gas occurs within the first direction flow, the second direction flow and the third direction flow;
a solid tubular element downstream to the perforated tubular element and upstream to the second flow guide, configured to guide at least part of the first direction flow towards the second flow guide, wherein a diameter of the solid tubular element being greater than a diameter of a second end of the perforated tubular element and allowing a part of the circulating and advancing edge flow around the perforated tubular element to enter the solid tubular element.

US Pat. No. 10,188,993

BLENDER

1. A blending apparatus for blending together a plurality of different ingredients, comprising:a container configured to contain a plurality of different ingredients therein;
said container including a lower end, an upper end, and an interior compartment;
said container including a selectively closeable cover at said upper end thereof;
a hollow blending cylinder having a closed upper end, a closed lower end, a side wall and an interior blending chamber;
said blending chamber being spaced from said container;
said interior blending chamber of said blending cylinder configured to have ingredients therein;
a vacuum motor having an intake side and a discharge side;
an elongated first tubular member having a lower end and an upper end;
said lower end of said first tubular member being positioned in said interior compartment of said container so as to be in communication with the ingredients in said container;
said first tubular member having a first valve imposed therein above said container;
said first valve being selectively movable between open and closed positions;
said first valve, when in said closed position, preventing ingredients from passing therethrough;
said first valve, when in said open position, permitting ingredients to pass therethrough;
said upper end of said first tubular member being in communication with said intake side of said vacuum motor;
said upper end of said cylinder having a first opening formed therein;
a second tubular member having a first end and a second end;
said first end of said second tubular member being in communication with said first opening in said upper end of said cylinder;
said second end of said second tubular member being in communication with said intake side of said vacuum motor;
a third tubular member having a first end and a second end;
said third tubular member extending downwardly through said upper end of said cylinder so that said first end of said third tubular member is positioned at said lower end of said cylinder;
said second end of said third tubular member being in communication with said discharge side of said vacuum motor;
a fourth tubular member having a first end and a second end;
said first end of said fourth tubular member being in communication with said interior compartment of said cylinder;
a second valve imposed in said fourth tubular member;
said second valve being selectively movable between open and closed positions; and
said second end of said fourth tubular member being configured to be in communication with a bag filling apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,188,989

ELECTROOSMOTIC DEVICES FOR FLUID HANDLING

Ohio State Innovation Fou...

1. A device comprising:(a) a nanoporous membrane having a top surface and a bottom surface;
(b) a fluid source positioned in fluid contact with the bottom surface of the nanoporous membrane; and
(c) a porous electrode patterned on one of the top or bottom surfaces of the nanoporous membrane so as to define a fluid delivery region in fluid contact with the top surface of the nanoporous membrane;
wherein the porous electrode is configured such that, upon application of a potential bias across the nanoporous membrane, fluid flow is induced between the fluid source and the fluid delivery region.

US Pat. No. 10,188,983

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CATALYST SCREENS IN SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION REACTORS

Integrated Global Service...

1. A system for use in a selective catalytic reduction reactor, the system comprising:a catalyst bed; and
a screen located at a distance in a range of 1 in. to 12 ft. above the catalyst bed so that flow of flue gas to the catalyst bed contacts the screen or passes through the screen before the flow of flue gas contacts the catalyst bed or passes through the catalyst bed, the screen adapted to support a weight of at least 400 pounds above the catalyst bed so that the weight is not imposed on the catalyst bed, the screen having a plurality of holes across its surface, wherein the screen is adapted to change velocity distribution of the flue gas as it flows through the screen, wherein the change in velocity distribution as a result of the screen comprises a 3 to 6% decrease in Root Mean Square (RMS) of overall velocity distribution of the flue gas.

US Pat. No. 10,188,981

MIXED MATRIX MEMBRANE, A METHOD OF MAKING THEREOF, AND A METHOD FOR GAS SEPARATION

King Fahd University of P...

1. A membrane, comprising:a matrix comprising a polymer; and
0.1 to 50 wt % of a nanoparticle filler based on a total weight of the membrane, which is embedded in the matrix,
wherein the nanoparticle filler comprises a ligand exchange product of a metal-organic framework and a ligand represented by formula (I) or formula (II):
wherein R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, and R6 are independently a hydrogen, fluoro, chloro, bromo, iodo, cyano, nitro, an optionally substituted C1-C3 alkyl group, an optionally substituted C3-C4 cycloalkyl group, andwherein the metal-organic framework comprises at least one metal selected from the group consisting of an alkaline earth metal, a transition metal, and a post-transition metal.

US Pat. No. 10,188,979

FILTER WITH OPTIMIZED FLUID FLOWS

Norgren Limited, Staffor...

1. A filter (100) with optimized fluid flows to remove one or more components from a fluid, comprising:a filtering media tube (102) adapted to remove the one or more components from the fluid; and
an inlet cap (104) coupled to the filtering media tube (102), the inlet cap (104) adapted to receive the fluid flow that is substantially transversal to a major axis X of the filter (100), wherein the inlet cap (104) further comprises an inlet baffle (304) adapted to uniformly distribute the fluid to the filtering media tube (102), wherein the inlet baffle comprises a baffle base (402) and a plurality of fins (404, 406, 408).

US Pat. No. 10,188,978

ADHESIVE FLUTE SUPPORT WHILE WINDING FLUTED PACK

Baldwin Filters, Inc., K...

1. A method of forming a filter media pack comprising:winding a continuous strip of fluted filter media about a winding core about a winding axis, the strip of filter media extending between opposed first and second edges and including a plurality of flutes formed by a first sheet operably secured to a corrugated sheet defining a plurality of peaks and valleys, the strip of fluted filter media being wound with the corrugated sheet being adjacent the winding core and radially inward of the first sheet, the strip of fluted filter media defining a feed axis generally parallel to the first and second edges and perpendicular to the winding axis, the winding core having opposed first and second sides extending generally parallel to the winding axis, the winding core defining opposed first and second faces defining a minor axis therebetween, the first and second sides extending generally between the first and second faces and defining a major axis therebetween; and
applying a first support bead between the winding core and the strip of filter media, the first support bead extending generally perpendicular to the first and second edges of the strip of filter media and parallel to the winding axis, the first support bead being located proximate the first side of the winding core, the first support bead filling the cross-section of at least two valleys on opposite sides of a peak of the corrugated sheet proximate the first side of the winding core, the first support bead distributing radially directed loading applied to the corrugated sheet from the first side of the winding core due to tension in the strip of filter media during winding.

US Pat. No. 10,188,974

AGGREGATE-REMOVING FILTER MATERIAL, AGGREGATE REMOVAL METHOD, WHITE BLOOD CELL-REMOVING FILTER, AND BLOOD PRODUCT FILTERING METHOD

ASAHI KASEI MEDICAL CO., ...

1. An aggregate-removing filter material for removing an aggregate in a blood product, the filter material consisting of fibers having a fineness of 0.7 to 4.0 dtex,wherein a basis weight of the filter material is 20 to 100 g/m2, a no-load bulk density of the filter material is 0.03 to 0.10 g/cm3, and at least 70% of the fibers have a fiber length of 100 mm to 1000 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,188,968

CANDLE FILTER SUPPORT AND PLATE ASSEMBLY FOR POLYMER MELTS

Westlake Longview Corpora...

1. A polymer melt filter support comprising:a hollow cylindrical body defined by a first end, a second end, and a cylinder wall having a first end portion and a second end portion;
a screw thread on the outside surface of the first end portion;
a plurality of holes in the cylinder wall at the second end portion;
an opening at the second end; and
a cone insert adapted to fit inside of the second end opening,
wherein the cone insert comprises a base plate,
wherein the perimeter of the top surface of the base plate comprises one or more recesses,
wherein the recesses and an inner surface of the cylindrical body define a reservoir for holding solder or weld metal for joining the cone insert to the cylindrical body,
wherein the holes allow for a polymer melt outside of the cylindrical body to flow inside of the cylindrical body,
wherein the first end comprises an opening for the polymer melt inside of the cylindrical body to flow outside of the cylindrical body,
wherein the area of the openings of the holes on the outside surface of the cylinder wall is larger than the area of the openings of the corresponding holes on the inside surface of the cylinder wall, and
wherein the shape of the openings of the holes on the outside surface is non-circular.

US Pat. No. 10,188,966

IMPURITIES OR MATERIALS TRAPPING APPARATUS

1. An impurities or materials trapping apparatus for separating or trapping selected impurities or unwanted materials in a pourable material, the apparatus comprising:a cap assembly, formed of a cap member (200) and a plug member,
the plug member having
plug member side walls between a first end and a second end, defining at least an inner recessed space therebetween for receiving a pourable material,
angled walls connected to the plug member side walls, and
at least one drain aperture located within the plug member side walls or angled walls,
wherein in an orientation of the apparatus, the plug member side walls or angled walls drain at least a portion of the pourable material towards and through the at least one drain aperture,
wherein the angled walls and the plug member side walls form a house frame cross sectional shape with a peaked roof and the inner recessed space located therein,
wherein rib members are provided on an outer surface of the plug member side walls to provide a drainage pathway, and the at least one drain aperture is provided at a lowest point of the drainage pathway to allow entry of the pourable material into the inner recessed space, and
wherein the cap member of the cap assembly is formed by cap member side walls (220) and a cap member base (221).

US Pat. No. 10,188,961

ASSEMBLY UNIT FOR TOY ASSEMBLY BLOCK

CREAMO INC., Seoul (KR)

3. An assembly unit for a toy assembly block, the assembly unit comprising:a side plate having a plate shape and including a first coupling member on a first side, a second coupling member on a second side, and a third coupling member on each of a third side and a fourth side;
a top plate having a plate shape and including a fourth coupling member on each side and a top stud on a top surface; and
a bottom plate having a plate shape and including a fifth coupling member on each side and a bottom stud on a bottom surface, wherein
the first coupling member of the side plate is configured to be engaged with the second coupling member of a neighboring side plate of a same type as the side plate,
the fourth coupling member of the top plate is configured to be engaged with the third coupling member of the side plate,
the fifth coupling member of the bottom plate is configured to be engaged with the third coupling member of the side plate,
the third coupling member includes a pillar extending from the side plate and a hook formed at an end of the pillar,
each of the fourth coupling member and the fifth coupling member includes a hole,
when the fourth coupling member of the top plate is engaged with the third coupling member of the side plate, the hook of the third coupling member is inserted into the hole of the fourth coupling member, and
when the fifth coupling member of the bottom plate is engaged with the third coupling member of the side plate, the hook of the third coupling member is inserted into the hole of the fifth coupling member.

US Pat. No. 10,188,960

INTERLOCKING BUILDING BLOCK

1. A building block comprising:a substantially triangular shape having an outside face opposing an inside face, the outside face connected to the inside face by a first wall, a second wall, and a third wall, wherein the first wall, the second wall, and the third wall each comprises:
a first projection having an outer surface that is continuous with the outside face,
the first projection extending away from at least one of the first wall, the second wall, and the third wall,
the first projection having a triangular shape,
wherein the outer surface of the first projection is convex,
a first recess positioned opposite and extending away from the first projection,
the first recess disposed in the inside face of the substantially triangular shape,
a second projection having an inner surface that is continuous with the inside face,
the second projection having a triangular shape,
wherein the inner surface of the second projection is concave,
the second projection extending away from at least one of the first wall, the second wall, and the third wall,
a second recess positioned opposite and extending away from the second projection,
the second recess disposed in the outside face of the substantially triangular shape, and
a coupling projection positioned opposite at least one of the first recess and the second recess,
wherein the coupling projection and the at least one of the first recess and the second recess define a gap for receiving at least a portion of at least one of a first projection and a second projection of a second building block;
wherein the outside face of the substantially triangular shape is convex;
wherein the inside face of the substantially triangular shape is concave;
wherein each of the first wall, the second wall and the third wall is curved.

US Pat. No. 10,188,957

TOY WITH PROXIMITY-BASED INTERACTIVE FEATURES

Mattel, Inc., El Segundo...

1. A toy comprising: a photosensor;a memory comprising at least one mapping of a plurality of sequential ranges of input states to a plurality of discrete output states;
at least one input signal pathway operably connected to the photosensor;
a microprocessor operably connected to the photosensor through a plurality of input signal pathways, the microprocessor operable to:
select one of the input signal pathways as an active signal pathway,
receive an input signal from the photosensor through only the active signal pathway,
determine that the input signal falls within one of the ranges of input states,
use the at least one mapping to correlate the input state range in which the input signal falls with a selected one of the plurality of discrete output states; and
produce an output signal corresponding to the selected output state; and an output mechanism configured to receive the output signal from the microprocessor and to generate an output corresponding to the selected output state; wherein the memory, the at least one input signal pathway, and the microprocessor are all within the toy.

US Pat. No. 10,188,954

ARCADE GAME WITH INTEGRATED BEVERAGE SENSOR

Glitchbit LLC, Tallmadge...

1. An arcade game comprising:one or more processors for executing an arcade game having one or more participants;
a visual display screen; and
a countertop control panel, the countertop control panel comprising:
at least one game input by which a participant can control the arcade game;
at least one beverage receptacle to hold a beverage container in an upright orientation; and
at least one beverage sensor to distinguish one or more beverage states and to communicate the distinguished one or more beverage states to the arcade game as gameplay activation inputs to the arcade game.

US Pat. No. 10,188,953

DUAL-RANGE WIRELESS INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE

MQ Gaming, LLC, Irvine, ...

1. A dual-range wireless tracking and actuation device for tracking a guest within an entertainment facility and for wirelessly actuating one or more associated effects as part of an interactive entertainment experience, said wireless tracking and actuation device comprising:a portable token configured to be carried or worn by said guest, said portable token comprising one or more internal batteries and electronic circuitry comprising:
non-volatile memory storing a unique identifier that uniquely identifies said portable token;
an antenna configured to be wirelessly energized by inductive coupling with an external activation device over a limited activation range of less than 60 centimeters;
a first radiofrequency (RF) transceiver electrically coupled to and powered by said antenna and configured to provide first two-way wireless communications with a first wireless-compatible device over a first wireless communication range of less than 60 centimeters;
a second RF transceiver electrically coupled to and powered by said one or more internal batteries and configured to provide second two-way wireless communications with a second wireless-compatible device over a second wireless communication range of greater than 10 feet; and wherein at least one of said first two-way wireless communications or said second two-way wireless communications comprise said unique identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,188,948

GAME IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND PROGRAM

EARTHBEAT, INC., Shibuya...

1. A game image processing system which invokes various event processes to progress a game in a virtual world where a character corresponding to a user and other objects move, comprising:a game progress processing unit which progresses the game by invoking the various event processes;
a real map storage unit which stores real map information containing geographical information in a real world;
a virtual map information generation unit which generates virtual map information including coordinate information of the objects on virtual geographical information corresponding to the geographical information on the real map information in accordance with a game progress by the game progress processing unit;
a positional information acquisition unit which selects a coordinate position in the real world;
a real display data generation unit which generates real display data indicating the coordinate position selected by the positional information acquisition unit on the real map information on the basis of the coordinate position;
a virtual display data generation unit which generates virtual display data showing the character on the virtual map information corresponding to the coordinate position acquired by the positional information acquisition unit on the basis of the coordinate position; and
a display control unit which displays both or selected one of the virtual display data generated by the virtual display data generation unit and the real display data generated by the real display data generation unit, or displays part of either one overlapping the other,
wherein the virtual display data generation unit coaxially arranges a plurality of low resolution maps having stepwise reduced scales and increased areas around a detailed map having a greater scale in a predetermined coordinate position as a center, and performs a fade process at a boundary area between the detailed map and the low resolution map and a boundary area between one and another of the low resolution maps to gradually transition one image to the other image.

US Pat. No. 10,188,947

NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING A GAME, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM WITH MODIFICATION OF IDENTIFICATION IMAGES BASED ON CHANGE TO GAME PARAMETER

GREE, INC., Minato-ku (J...

1. One or more non-transitory computer readable media including computer program instructions, which when executed by an information processing system, cause the information processing system to:store, in memory, information related to a first plurality of game contents;
receive, via a user interface, a first user operation to select a second plurality of game contents from among the first plurality of game contents;
control a display to display a plurality of identification images based on information corresponding to the second plurality of game contents;
receive, via the user interface, a second user operation to change a first parameter corresponding to the second plurality of game contents; and
modify each of the plurality of identification images in accordance with the change to the first parameter,
wherein each of the plurality of identification images includes a graphical indicator and/or a pie chart.

US Pat. No. 10,188,943

COMMENTARY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

MLB Advanced Media, L.P.,...

1. A method of processing sports data in a computer network, the method comprising:storing, in a memory device, a plurality of predefined rules for generating game commentary data, each predefined rule including a predefined criterion and a corresponding predefined output, the predefined criterion identifying conditions to generate the corresponding predefined output;
receiving, by one or more servers comprising one or more hardware processors, via the computer network, raw game data relating to a current sporting event that is currently occurring, wherein the raw game data includes data captured at the current sporting event using one or more cameras;
determining, by the one or more servers, whether to provide the game commentary data based on (i) whether the raw game data satisfies at least one predefined criterion in the plurality of predefined rules, (ii) whether a previous play in the current sporting event produced any game commentary data, and (iii) whether any game commentary data was provided during a predetermined time period prior to the current time in the current sporting event;
generating, by the one or more servers, responsive to determining (i) the raw game data satisfying at least one predefined criterion in the plurality of predefined rules, (ii) the previous play in the current sporting event not producing any game commentary data, and (iii) no game commentary data being provided during the predetermined time period prior to the current time in the current sporting event, the game commentary data by applying the raw game data to the corresponding predefined output of the at least one predefined criterion, wherein the generated game commentary data comprises comments in the form of text related to action occurring during the current sporting event; and
providing, via the computer network, the generated game commentary data to an electronic user device for display.

US Pat. No. 10,188,942

MOBILE PHONE GAME INTERFACE

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing instructions for execution by a processor to perform operations comprising:connecting a mobile station to a game console over a data network based on a first controller application hosted on the mobile station and on a second controller application hosted on the game console;
transforming user input received at a user interface of the mobile station to a controller command supported by the game console, wherein:
the user input is associated with an execution of a video game at the game console based on the second controller application,
the user input is transformed to the controller command based on a transformation specified by at least one of the first controller application or the second controller application, and
the transformation is based on a map of a characteristic of the user interface to the controller command supported by the game console;
transmitting the controller command to the game console over the data network; and
presenting, at the user interface, a game result associated with the execution of the video game, wherein the game result is received from the game console based on the transmitting of the controller command.

US Pat. No. 10,188,941

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLAYING GAMES THAT REQUIRE SKILL

KING.COM LTD., St. Julia...

1. A computer device adapted to play a computer game, the device including at least one processor, at least one memory, a display, a user interface, and computer code stored in one of said at least one memory and executable by at least one of said at least one processor to perform the steps of:controlling the display to show computer game graphics comprising a game board and game elements;
receiving user input via the user interface which causes a movement of a first game element from a first position to a second position;
determining in response to the user input if there is a match of three or more game elements sharing a common characteristic and a direction of the movement of the first game element, said direction of movement comprising one of a plurality of different directions of movement;
controlling the display to remove the three or more of said game elements sharing the common characteristic when there is match to leave vacant positions on the game board; and
causing one or more game elements to move into said vacant positions from the determined direction of the movement of the first game element from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,939

MODULAR CONSTRUCTION FOR INTERACTING WITH SOFTWARE

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A modular assembly system comprising a core module, the core module comprising:a battery;
a wireless communications module arranged to communicate with a computing-based device running an interactive software experience;
one or more connectors for attaching one or more peripheral modules to the core module, the one or more connectors relying at least partially on magnetic attraction to attach the one or more peripheral modules to the core module via at least one core magnet of the core module, each connector being arranged to pass data and power between the core module and at least one module of the one or more peripheral modules; and
a processor arranged to:
collect, directly from the one or more peripheral modules, one or more respective identifiers of the one or more peripheral modules, the core module and the one or more peripheral modules collectively comprising a module set;
determine module data based at least in part on at least some of the identifiers;
communicate the module data to the interactive software experience; and
control a polarity of the core magnet to elect a peripheral module from the core module.

US Pat. No. 10,188,938

ACTION OR POSITION TRIGGERS IN A GAME PLAY MODE

Open Invention Network LL...

1. A method of interpreting a user motion sequence, the method comprising:capturing the user motion sequence as a plurality of images of a user body via a motion capturing device during a session;
during the user motion sequence, identifying the user motion sequence has stopped responsive to identifying a lack of movement of the user body for a predefined period of time;
responsive to the lack of movement of the user body, receiving the plurality of images and reducing user body position data of user arms and user legs to a plurality of data points;
identifying position changes of the user arms and the user legs based on the plurality of data points in each of the plurality of images;
processing, via a processor, the user motion sequence into a predetermined data format comprising a plurality of vector signatures;
comparing the processed user motion sequence to at least one predetermined motion sequence stored in a database comprising pre-stored vector signatures, by comparing the plurality of data points of the vector signatures of the user motion sequence to a plurality of data points of the pre-stored vector signatures to determine whether there is a match;
determining whether to perform at least one of interpreting the user motion sequence as a universal command and registering the user motion sequence as a new command;
identifying the user motion sequence as not having a match in the database responsive to the comparing of the vector signature of the user motion sequence to the pre-stored vector signatures; and
registering the user motion sequence as a new command when the user motion sequence was not discovered in the database.

US Pat. No. 10,188,937

PUZZLE BOOK

1. A mechanical puzzle book, comprising:a plurality of puzzle pages, including a first puzzle page and a last puzzle page and optionally one or more intermediate puzzle pages, each puzzle page forming a plane comprised of one or more parallel planar layers and containing a puzzle to be solved by mechanical movement of puzzle pieces within said plane;
one or more locking mechanisms for locking each puzzle page to a next puzzle page;
wherein solving a puzzle disengages the locking mechanism, allowing the unlocked puzzle page to be turned, thereby exposing the next puzzle page for solution,
wherein said locking mechanism further comprises a hook portion fixed to the next puzzle page and a moveable latching portion within a current puzzle page, wherein solving the puzzle causes the latching portion to move thereby disengaging from the hook portion, and
wherein said hook portion fits into an opening on a back side of said current puzzle page.

US Pat. No. 10,188,935

SYSTEM FOR A TOURING SKI-BINDING COMPRISING A FRONT UNIT AND A HEEL UNIT

Markus Steinko, Ascholdi...

1. A system for a touring ski-binding comprising a front unit and a heel unit comprising a heel member, wherein the heel member comprises a reception bowl for receiving a heel part of a ski boot,a biasing device for biasing the heel unit against a ski boot, wherein the heel member is pivotally disposed around a pivot axis, wherein the pivot axis runs horizontally, transverse to a longitudinal direction of a ski, and
a stopper plate for releasing a ski stopper, wherein the stopper plate is switchable between an adjacent position and a protruding position, wherein the stopper plate is configured to leave the adjacent position when the touring ski binding is released, wherein the heel unit is switchable between a starting position for providing a walking function and for receiving a ski boot, and a snap-in position for retaining the ski boot,
wherein the heel unit comprises a blocking element configured to block the stopper plate in the adjacent position, wherein the blocking element is configured to switch, with respect to the pivot axis, between a blocking position and a non-blocking position depending on the position of the heel member, wherein with respect to a downhill mode the front unit in a climbing mode of the touring ski-binding is displaced to the front in the longitudinal direction of the ski, so that a ski boot present in the touring ski-binding cannot contact the heel member of the heel unit.

US Pat. No. 10,188,933

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING BALL POSITIONS AND FIRST DOWNS IN A FOOTBALL GAME

1. A system for determining ball placement on an athletic football field, comprising:a first light projection device and a second light projection device adapted to travel parallel to the athletic field within a beveled elongated track having at least one slot that extends at least 100 yards, said track being positioned parallel to one sideline on a football field; wherein said first light projection device and said second light projection device are configured to project a light on the athletic field, and wherein the first light projection device is configured to track the location of a football during first down when the football is on a line of scrimmage during play of a football game, and wherein the second light projection device is configured to track the location of a first down demarcation on the field;
a remote control unit adapted to perform at least one of the following: turn said first light projection device on and off; adjust the angle of said first light projecting device; and effect the movement of said first light projection device;
wherein at least one of the first light projection device and the second light projection device have a camera mounted thereto;
wherein the first light projection device is adapted to project a light beam in a horizontal direction across a width of the athletic field;
a location sensor possessed by a referee, that communicates the location of the football; and wherein the referee sends a signal to the at least one of the first light projection device and the second light projection device, instructing said at least one of the first light projection device and the second light projection device to move into alignment with said location sensor;
wherein said first light projection device is associated with a first elongated member that extends along the length of a side-line of the field between a first end zone to a second end zone, said elongated member associated with a first pulley and a second pulley.

US Pat. No. 10,188,928

CONVERTIBLE GOLF ALIGNMENT AND MEASUREMENT DEVICE

1. A golf device comprising:a first elongated portion including a first hollow track extending in a lengthwise direction of the first elongated portion, a first end, and a second end, wherein the first elongated portion and the track are straight;
a second elongated portion including a second hollow track extending in a lengthwise direction of the second elongated portion, a first end, and a second end, wherein the second elongated portion and the track are straight;
a hinge securing the first end of the first elongated portion and the first end of the second elongated portion, wherein the first elongated portion and the second elongated portion are configured to form a 180 degree angle at the hinge in a first configuration and a 90 degree angle at the hinge in a second configuration; and
an arch portion, which is made from a flexible material, concealed inside the tracks when the first and second elongated portions are in the first configuration, wherein the arch portion includes a first slideable end having a first arch slide which is slideably engageable in the first track inside the first elongated portion in the lengthwise direction until reaching a first stop at the second end of the first elongated portion, wherein the arch portion includes a second slideable end having a second arch slide which is slideably engageable in the second track inside the second elongated portion in the lengthwise direction until reaching a second step at the second end of the second elongated portion, wherein the arch portion is exposed outside of the tracks by sliding the first slideable end along the first track toward the first stop and sliding the second slideable end along the second track toward the second stop when the first elongated portion is bent toward the second elongated portion at the hinge from the first configuration to the second configuration and wherein the arch portion forms an arch from the second end of the first elongated portion to the second end of the second elongated portion when the first slideable end reaches the second end of the first elongated portion, when the second slideable end reaches the second end of the second elongated portion, and when the first elongated portion and the second elongated portion form the 90 degree angle at the hinge, the arch having a constant radius with a length from the hinge to the arch portion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,926

MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING DEVICE

1. A martial arts training device comprising:a waist belt configured to be worn on a waist;
a first leg-strike unit movably connected to the waist-belt, the first leg-strike unit further including a first outer cover and a first buffer provided inside the first outer cover, wherein the first leg-strike unit has a cylinder shape;
a second leg-strike unit movably connected to the waist belt, the second leg-strike unit further including a second outer cover and a second buffer provided inside the second outer cover, wherein the second leg-strike unit has a cylinder shape;
a handle provided on each of the first and second outer covers;
an arm-supporting cushion disposed on each of the first and second outer covers above the handle to elastically support an arm; and
a wrist-protecting cushion provided on each of the first and second outer covers and integrally formed on a bottom portion of the arm-supporting cushion to support a wrist, wherein
the first and second outer covers are movably connected to the waist belt.

US Pat. No. 10,188,922

PUTTING SKILL GAME

1. A putting skill game device for putting a ball up an incline to sink the ball into a target, the device comprising:a game board with at least one target aperture providing passage of the ball through the game board;
a housing for placement of the board;
a ramp secured to the housing wherein the ramp provides the incline to launch the ball at the game board;
a putting surface providing a rigid surface leading to the ramp;
wherein the ramp pivotally attaches to the housing wherein the ramp pivots into and out of the housing;
wherein the putting surface pivotally attaches to the ramp wherein the putting surface folds onto the ramp;
a locking finger adjustably attached to the housing wherein the locking finger adjusts toward the ramp to contact the ramp, the locking finger secures to the housing in a locked position that contacts the ramp to secure the ramp within the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,188,915

GOLF CLUB HEAD

TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY,...

1. A golf club head, comprising:a body, defining an interior cavity and comprising:
a sole portion, positioned at a bottom region of the golf club head;
a crown portion, positioned at a top region of the golf club head;
a skirt portion, positioned around a periphery of the golf club head between the sole portion and the crown portion;
a forward region;
a rearward region, opposite the forward region;
a heel region; and
a toe region, opposite the heel region; and
a face portion, coupled to the body at the forward region of the body and comprising a strike plate; and
at least one stiffener comprising a discrete mass of polymeric material within the interior cavity and directly coupled to the face portion at a location with an x-axis coordinate, of a club head origin coordinate system of the golf club head, greater than 20 mm and less than 50 mm or greater than ?50 mm and less than ?20 mm, wherein the polymeric material of the at least one discrete mass has a hardness equal to or greater than about Shore 10D;
wherein:
the golf club head further comprises a retaining wall, coupled to the sole portion, protruding uprightly from the sole portion, and extending lengthwise in a heel-to-toe direction;
the discrete mass of polymeric material is coupled to the retaining wall and interposed between the retaining wall and the face portion;
the golf club head further comprises a slot, formed in the sole portion and extending lengthwise from the heel region to the toe region; and
the retaining wall forms part of the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,188,913

INTERCHANGEABLE SHAFT SYSTEM

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf club, comprising:a golf club head including a hosel and a plurality of hosel alignment features, wherein the hosel defines a sleeve bore and the hosel alignment features are disposed adjacent a proximal end of the hosel;
an elongate shaft;
a shaft sleeve coupled to a distal end portion of the shaft, the shaft sleeve including a sleeve body defining a shaft bore, a plurality of sleeve alignment features, and a retainer, wherein the sleeve body is constructed from a non-metallic material and the retainer is a bump on the sleeve body that extends outward from the adjacent portions of the sleeve body between 0.25 mm and 1.0 mm and that is integrally formed with the sleeve body, wherein the shaft sleeve includes a threaded insert disposed in a distal portion of the sleeve body, wherein the threaded insert is constructed from a metallic material;
a tubular wedge member including a plurality of wedge alignment features, wherein the wedge member is rotatably and slidably coupled to the shaft sleeve so that it is interposed between the sleeve alignment features and the retainer, wherein the retainer creates an effective outer diameter of the shaft sleeve that is greater than a diameter of a bore defined by the tubular wedge member; and
a fastener that releasably couples the shaft sleeve to the club head,
wherein the wedge member provides a wedge angle between the shaft sleeve and the hosel, and
wherein the shaft sleeve provides a shaft angle between the shaft sleeve and the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,188,905

SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING EXERTION DATA DERIVED FROM EXERTION DETECTION DEVICES

Tri2Focus, Inc., Cypress...

1. A method for implementing an electronic feedback loop based on exertion data derived from one or more exertion sensors including at least one of a bicycle power meter, a heart rate monitor, or a global positioning satellite watch, the method comprising:generating, by an exertion sensor data processor, a workout schedule, wherein the generating includes
querying an electronic database for a race date, race performance goal, and athlete capability parameters;
determining a number of time units between a current date and the race date;
for each time unit of the number of time units
determining, by the workout processor, a prescribed stress level for the time unit;
generating by the workout processor, workouts that subject an athlete to the prescribed stress level for the time unit; and
storing the workouts in the workout schedule in the electronic database detecting, via the one or more exertion sensors, physical exertion during at least one of the workouts;
computing, by the exertion sensor data processor, an actual stress level for the at least one of the workouts, wherein the computing is based on the exertion data derived from the one or more exertion sensors;
querying, by the exertion sensor data processor, the electronic database for the prescribed stress level for the at least one of the workouts;
determining, by the exertion sensor data processor, that the actual stress level is less than the prescribed stress level for the at least one of the workouts;
in response to determining that the actual stress level is less than the prescribed stress level for the at least one of the workouts, modifying, by the exertion sensor data processor, the workout schedule; and
transmitting, over the electronic communications network, an electronic workout data file including the modified workout schedule for presentation on a remote display device.

US Pat. No. 10,188,902

SIGNAL ANALYSIS AND RECHARGING SYSTEM

1. A golf club impact analysis system, including:a first piezoelectric element embedded in a club face of a golf club;
a first signal divider that receives a first power signal that is output from the first piezoelectric element based on both impact of the golf club with an object and vibrations, the first signal divider having a first output and a second output, wherein the first output is coupled to signal processing circuitry and the second output is coupled to an energy storage assembly that includes a battery; and
a processor that is configured to dynamically adjust a ratio of a first amount of the first power signal the first signal divider sends through the first output to the signal processing circuitry versus a second amount of the first power signal the first signal divider sends through the second output to the energy storage assembly, wherein the processor is further configured to perform impact analysis of the impact of the golf club with the object.

US Pat. No. 10,188,898

PHYSICAL THERAPY DEVICE AND METHODS FOR USE THEREOF

1. A physical therapy device comprising:a back rest;
a right upper arm rest removably coupled to the back rest by a first connector;
a left upper arm rest removably coupled to the back rest by a second connector;
a right lower arm rest removably coupled to the right upper arm rest by a third connector;
a left lower arm rest removably coupled to the left upper arm rest by a fourth connector;whereineach lower arm rest comprises a handle,
the back rest, right and left upper arm rests, and right and left lower arm rests are constructed of a material selected from the group consisting of resin, fiberglass composite, carbon fiber, carbon fiber composite, metal, metal alloys, and combinations thereof, wherein said material is rigid enough to provide resistance when coupled,
the third and fourth connectors provide for at least flexion and extension while providing variable resistance to said flexion and extension, and
the right and left upper arm rests are configured to move toward the back rest at the first and second connectors, respectively, to fold flush against the back rest.

US Pat. No. 10,188,897

SLIDE HANDLE

JMC Engineering, LLC, Sa...

1. An exercise handle comprising:an elongated handle body having a top head, a bottom head, and a central bore extending along a longitudinal axis;
a top pulley coupled to the top head, the top pulley being rotatable around a top axis that is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis;
a bottom pulley coupled to the bottom head, the bottom pulley being rotatable around a bottom axis that is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis;
at least one secondary pulley associated with at least one of the top pulley and the bottom pulley;
a cord disposed on a circumferential surface of the top pulley, the cord passing through the central bore and being disposed on a circumferential surface of the bottom pulley, such that when the handle body is moved, the top and bottom pulleys rotate to allow the cord to move through the central bore.

US Pat. No. 10,188,895

WEIGHT EXERCISER WITH FLEXIBLE PERIMETER GRIP BAND

1. A dumbbell exercise device, comprising:a bar;
first and second end-weights at opposite ends of the bar, wherein the first and second end-weights each are of a shape including at least one flat side surface that extends along a longitudinal plane parallel or substantially parallel to the bar;
first and second housings receiving the first and second end-weights, respectively, wherein the first and second housings each include at least one flat inner surface of a sidewall engaging said at least one flat side surface along the longitudinal plane parallel or substantially parallel to the bar; and
a resistance band extending within the first and second housings laterally along the sidewalls and tautly extending parallel or substantially parallel to the bar between the first and second end-weights at or near a perimeter of the first and second end-weights.

US Pat. No. 10,188,892

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MULTI-PURPOSE BOX TRAINING SYSTEM

1. A strength training apparatus comprising:a) a box member comprising:
i) a first planar side member having a first plurality of elongated apertures, wherein said first plurality of elongated apertures cooperate to define a first hand grip member between said first plurality of elongated apertures;
ii) a second planar side member oriented parallel to said first planar side member and having a second plurality of elongated apertures, wherein said second plurality of elongated apertures cooperate to define a second hand grip member between said second plurality of elongated apertures;
iii) a third planar side member attached to said first and second planar side members and oriented perpendicular to said first and second planar side members, and having at least one aperture therein;
iv) a fourth planar side member attached to said first and second planar side members and oriented perpendicular to said third planar side member, and having at least one aperture therein;
v) a planar back member attached to at least one of said first planar side member, said second planar side member, said third planar side member, or said fourth planar side member; and
b) a rigid post attached to said planar back member, and disposed between said first planar side member, said second planar side member, said third planar side member, and said fourth planar side member.

US Pat. No. 10,188,889

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING—A TRAINING MACHINE

1. A training device for physical exercises, comprising:a vertical monolithic console connected with a base and fastened to a floor;
a lower bushing disposed on the console at a lower end above the base;
an upper bushing disposed on the console at an upper end and connected immovably with the lower bushing through an intermediate bushing and bearing supports;
a mechanism for jump passing into the lower bushing through a first notch;
a mechanism for squat passing into the upper bushing through a second notch;
a lower system for adjustment disposed into the lower bushing and connected with the mechanism for jump;
an upper system for adjustment disposed into the upper bushing and connected with the mechanism for squat;
a system for drive disposed on the base and connected with the lower bushing by a pair of gears and a friction clutch; and
a system for emergency stop connected with the system for drive,
wherein the lower system for adjustment is disposed inside the lower bushing and comprises:
a lower guide, connected immovably at its both ends with the bushing,
an inside console connected immovably at an upper end of the lower guide,
a lateral console connected with an upper end of a lower bearing bush surrounding the lower guide,
a supporting bushing with a set screw surrounding the lower guide and disposed above the lower bearing bush for setting a pre-set height, and
a tension spring disposed between the inside console and the lateral console.

US Pat. No. 10,188,888

SPRING ENCLOSED TRAMPOLINE

1. A spring enclosure trampoline comprising:a. a trampoline bed connected across a horizontal frame member, wherein the trampoline bed is supported by a plurality of springs;
b. trampoline legs supporting the horizontal frame member above a ground surface;
c. a trampoline enclosure including a trampoline enclosure net supported from a spring enclosure netting support, wherein the trampoline enclosure surrounds the trampoline bed and wherein the trampoline enclosure is supported on a trampoline pole, wherein the spring enclosure netting support is formed as a leaf spring, wherein the leaf spring is flexible in a horizontal direction and in a vertical direction, wherein a leaf spring vertical dimension is greater than a leaf spring horizontal dimension, wherein the leaf spring is formed as an elongated strip; and
d. a horizontal spring constant of the leaf spring, and a vertical spring constant of the leaf spring, wherein the horizontal spring constant is less than the vertical spring constant so that the leaf spring is resiliently flexible in the vertical direction and in the horizontal direction, but is more stiff in the vertical direction; and
e. an enclosure sleeve of the trampoline enclosure, wherein the trampoline enclosure net is suspended from the enclosure sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,188,885

HIGH NITROGEN AND OTHER INERT GAS ANTI-CORROSION PROTECTION IN WET PIPE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM

Engineered Corrosion Solu...

1. A method of operating a wet pipe fire protection sprinkler system having a pipe network, a source of water for the pipe network, at least one sprinkler head connected with the pipe network, a venting assembly configured to vent gas and not water from said pipe network, and a nitrogen source connected with the pipe network, the method comprising:supplying nitrogen gas from the nitrogen source to the pipe network to increase a pressure in the pipe network above atmospheric pressure;
supplying water to the pipe network, thereby filling the pipe network with water and compressing nitrogen gas in the pipe network; and
discharging gas including nitrogen gas from the pipe network via the venting assembly while supplying water to the pipe network.

US Pat. No. 10,188,884

STRUCTURALLY-INSTALLED ACCESS DEVICE FOR ACCEPTING CONNECTION BY A FIRE HOSE NOZZLE TO INTRODUCE FIREFIGHTING FLUID INTO AN ENCLOSED SPACE OF A STRUCTURE

GUARDIAN INVESTIGATION GR...

1. A nozzle access device configured to be installed in a structural element defining, at least in part, an enclosed space, the nozzle access device being configured to accept connection by a fire hose nozzle to introduce firefighting fluid into the enclosed space, the nozzle access device comprising:a housing configured to be inserted in a hole formed in the structural element, the housing comprising:
a first face surrounded by a first flange and having an opening in a central portion thereof, the opening being surrounded by a cylindrical socket extending from the first face in a first direction,
a cylindrical body portion extending from the first face in the first direction, and
a second face surrounded by a second flange and having an opening in a central portion thereof, the second flange being configured to attach to an end of the cylindrical body portion distal from the first face so that the first face, the second face, and the cylindrical body portion define an interior of the housing; and
a movable nozzle connector disposed within the interior of the housing, the nozzle connector having:
a tapered female connection portion having a seal and positioned to receive and surround an inserted fire hose nozzle in a locking connection, and
a cylindrical nozzle stop portion extending from the connection portion, the cylindrical nozzle stop portion being movably coupled within an interior of the cylindrical socket of the first face; and
a viewer panel attached to the first face of the housing and covering the opening in the first face, the viewer panel having a lens configured to provide a view of an exterior space on an exterior side of the structural element from within the enclosed space.

US Pat. No. 10,188,880

FILTER ASSEMBLY FOR A BREATHING APPARATUS

Cleanspace IP Pty Ltd, A...

1. A filter assembly for a breathing apparatus, the filter assembly comprising:a frame defining an aperture dimensioned to receive and retain a filter element;
a cover connected to the frame and dimensioned to cover the aperture;
a filter element; and
an indicator for indicating when the filter element is retained in the filter frame and the cover is arranged across the aperture, the indicator including a tab extending from each of the filter frame and the filter element;
wherein one of the tabs is arranged to overlay and substantially cover the other tab when the filter element is retained in the filter frame.

US Pat. No. 10,188,879

BREATHING CIRCUIT DEVICE

1. A breathing circuit device comprising:a breathing circuit line;
a carbon dioxide absorber in the breathing circuit line; and
a cooling means for cooling the breathing gas after the breathing gas leaves the CO2 absorber, the cooling means comprising a heat pump comprising:
a compressor for condensing a coolant;
a condenser, which receives the condensed coolant, cools the condensed coolant and releases heat to a surrounding area in the process; and
a heat exchanger body, which receives the cooled coolant and is in heat-conducting contact with a section of the breathing circuit line, wherein the breathing line comprises a breathing bag, the breathing bag being a flexible element, wherein a wall area of the breathing bag adapts flexibly to a shape of a surface of the heat exchanger body of the heat pump.

US Pat. No. 10,188,878

SMALL BEAM AREA, MID-VOLTAGE RADIOTHERAPY SYSTEM WITH REDUCED SKIN DOSE, REDUCED SCATTER AROUND THE TREATMENT VOLUME, AND IMPROVED OVERALL ACCURACY

31. A method for providing radiotherapy to a treatment volume, the method comprising:providing a radiotherapy system, the system comprising:
a gantry;
at least one X-ray tube mounted to the gantry, wherein the at least one X-ray tube operates at 350 kVp to 800 kVp and has a beam origin of 1.5 mm or less; and
a collimator associated with the at least one X-ray tube for collimating the X-ray beam from the X-ray tube to 30 mm or less;
wherein at least one of the gantry and the at least one X-ray tube are configured to move relative to the patient so that the X-ray beam from the at least one X-ray tube is always centered on a treatment volume; and
radiating the treatment volume using the X-ray beam, with the X-ray tube being moved so that the skin entrance portal of the X-ray beam is moved on the body during therapy so that the total area of the skin entrance portals is 20 to 100 times the X-ray beam area.

US Pat. No. 10,188,877

FIDUCIAL MARKER/CANCER IMAGING AND TREATMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

1. A method for determining a position of a tumor in a patient for treatment of the tumor using positively charged particles in a treatment room, comprising the steps of:providing a set of fiducial indicators, comprising:
a set of fiducial markers, a first fiducial marker of said set of fiducial markers mechanically affixed to a first object of a set of objects in the treatment room, a second fiducial marker of said set of fiducial markers affixed to a second object of said set of objects; and
a set of fiducial detectors configured to detect photons from said set of fiducial markers, wherein at least one reference element of a union of said set of fiducial markers and said set of fiducial detectors comprises a mechanical connection to an element of said set of objects;
using a known position of the reference element of said set of objects in establishing a reference line;
determining relative positions, using a controller, of each object in the treatment room relative to the reference line using all of said reference element, said set of fiducial markers, and said set of fiducial detectors;
targeting the tumor of the patient with the positively charged particles using the determined relative positions of each object in the treatment room; and
connecting a synchrotron to an exit nozzle with a first beamline, said reference line defined relative to a zero-vector path of the positively charged particles passing through said exit nozzle absent electromagnetic steering in said exit nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,188,874

THREE DIMENSIONAL LOCALIZATION AND TRACKING FOR ADAPTIVE RADIATION THERAPY

Elekta, Inc., Atlanta, G...

1. A method for locating a three-dimensional (3D) target in a region of interest in a patient undergoing image-guided radiation therapy, the method comprising:receiving, from an image acquisition device, a two-dimensional (2D) slice of the region of interest, the 2D slice being based on a direction of motion with respect to the target in the patient;
receiving an adaptive filter model for a region of interest in the patient, the adaptive filter model being based on the target to be located;
generating a 2D patch for each 2D slice, where each 2D patch includes an associated offset value reflecting a distance between the target and a position in the corresponding 2D slice;
determining, by a processor, a correlation between the adaptive filter model and the 2D slice;
determining, by the processor, a 2D location of the target on the 2D slice based on the adaptive filter model and the determined correlation; and
estimating, by the processor, a 3D location of the target within the patient based on the offset value and the 2D slice having the determined 2D location of the target.

US Pat. No. 10,188,872

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING PHOTOTHERAPY TO THE BRAIN

Pthera LLC, Newark, DE (...

1. An apparatus for irradiating at least a portion of a patient's brain with electromagnetic radiation to treat stroke, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, or depression, the apparatus comprising:a source of the electromagnetic radiation;
an output optical element comprising a rigid and substantially thermally conductive material, the output optical element comprising a first surface configured to face towards the patient's scalp and to be in thermal communication with the patient's scalp during treatment and a second surface configured to face away from the patient's scalp during treatment;
a cooler thermally coupled to the second surface of the output optical element to remove heat from the output optical element through the second surface; and
a heat sink thermally coupled to the cooler, wherein the heat sink is positioned so that the electromagnetic radiation from the source propagates through the heat sink and through the output optical element.

US Pat. No. 10,188,868

DEVICE SUPPORT APPARATUS

Nexstim Oyj, Helsinki (F...

21. A system for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) comprising:a TMS coil device having at least one cable extending therefrom,
a chair with a back portion and a seat portion,
a first arm having a device attachment portion at one end configured to lockably receive the TMS coil device, said first arm further having a cable attachment portion configured to receive the at least one cable extending from the TMS coil device;
a second arm supporting the first arm by a coupling;
a base attached to a portion of the chair, said base comprising a curved portion and having the second arm mounted directly on the curved portion at an attachment point, wherein the curved portion is at least in part formed in the shape of a curve, the attachment point being configured to move along a length of the curve of the curved portion while remaining directly mounted on the curved portion, the shape of the curved portion enabling movement of the transcranial magnetic stimulation device to different sides of a head.

US Pat. No. 10,188,856

IMPLANTABLE DEVICE FOR PROVIDING ELECTRICAL STIMULATION OF CERVICAL VAGUS NERVES FOR TREATMENT OF CHRONIC CARDIAC DYSFUNCTION

Cyberonics, Inc., Housto...

1. A vagus nerve neurostimulator for treating chronic cardiac dysfunction, comprising:an implantable neurostimulator comprising:
a pair of helical electrodes;
a nerve stimulation therapy lead electrically coupled to the pair of helical electrodes;
a pulse generator configured to deliver electrical therapeutic stimulation comprising a stimulation waveform applied to both of the helical electrodes via the nerve stimulation therapy lead, the stimulation waveform comprising a form that causes propagation of action potentials in both an afferent direction and an efferent direction within neuronal fibers of a cervical vagus nerve; and
a recordable memory within which is stored stimulation parameters configured to define a periodic duty cycle comprising a percentage of time that the pulse generator delivers the electrical therapeutic stimulation,
wherein the periodic duty cycle is between a lower predefined percentage and an upper predefined percentage,
wherein the pulse generator is further configured to operate under the stimulation parameters stored in the recordable memory.

US Pat. No. 10,188,855

LEAD FIXATION DEVICE FOR SECURING A MEDICAL LEAD IN A HUMAN PATIENT

NeuroPace, Inc., Mountai...

1. A lead fixation device for securing a medical lead, the lead fixation device comprising:a single-piece structure integrally formed of a first biocompatible material and a second biocompatible material, wherein the first biocompatible material is stiffer than the second biocompatible material, the single-piece structure formed to include:
a cap partially formed of the second biocompatible material, and having a top surface defining an outer perimeter of the single-piece structure;
an annular base defining an inner perimeter of the single-piece structure, and having a first arcuate portion formed of the first biocompatible material and a second arcuate portion formed of the second biocompatible material, wherein the first arcuate portion comprises an approximately C-shaped section having a first end and a second end, and the second arcuate portion extends between the first end and the second end;
a central bore extending through the cap and the annular base; and
a retention tract formed in a portion of the cap and extending generally radially outward from the central bore to the outer perimeter, wherein:
the retention tract is configured to retain a portion of a body of the medical lead,
the portion of the cap comprising the retention tract is formed of the second biocompatible material to thereby facilitate compression of the portion including the retention tract from a relaxed position to an under tension position, and
the second arcuate portion of the annular base formed of the second biocompatible material is aligned with the portion of the cap comprising the retention tract.

US Pat. No. 10,188,848

NEEDLELESS VALVE INFECTION PREVENTION AND PRE-OPENING DEVICE

CareFusion 303, Inc., Sa...

1. A device for use with a female needleless connector, the device comprising:a housing comprising:
a chamber having a proximal wall;
a side-wall extending from the proximal wall toward a distal opening configured to fit over a proximal end of the female needleless connector; and
an elongate finger extending within the chamber from the proximal wall toward the distal opening,
wherein an outer surface of the elongate finger comprises an undercut that extends from the proximal wall toward the distal end of the elongate finger, and
wherein the side-wall extends beyond a distal end of the elongate finger such that the elongate finger extends into and opens a fluid path through the female needleless connector when the distal opening is distally advanced over the female needleless connector.

US Pat. No. 10,188,841

CAPSULE-TYPE MICROROBOT AND USING METHOD THEREOF

Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute...

1. A capsule-type microrobot comprising:a motor comprising a receptacle having an internal space, with one portion thereof being open, a body extending from the receptacle, and a magnetic layer disposed on an outer surface of the body; and
a cap coupled to a predetermined portion of the receptacle to close the internal space such that contents are contained in the receptacle, the cap being of different weight than the motor,
wherein the motor is magnetically-rotatable via a rotating magnetic force in a first direction so as to move the microrobot; and wherein the motor is magnetically-rotatable via the rotating magnetic force in a second direction so as to separate the cap from the motor, whereby the contents are discharged from the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,188,838

TEXTILE-REINFORCED HIGH-PRESSURE BALLOON

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A process of making a textile-reinforced medical dilation balloon, said process comprising the steps of:constructing a seamless woven tubular textile sleeve including substantially longitudinal warp threads and at least one high-modulus weft thread woven helically along a winding pitch that is substantially perpendicular relative to the warp threads,
such that every at least one weft thread extends around, through, and along the length of the sleeve with the warp threads and unidirectionally helically between and from a proximal neck portion to a distal neck portion along an identical winding pitch at an identical angle relative to the warp threads, or
such that every at least one weft thread extends around, through, and along a length of the sleeve and unidirectionally helically between and from a distal neck portion to a proximal neck portion along an identical winding pitch at an identical angle relative to the warp threads,
and wherein the sleeve defines a sleeve lumen;
directing a medical dilation balloon disposed on an inflation catheter into the sleeve lumen; and
heating a portion of the balloon and/or of the sleeve sufficiently to thermally bond the sleeve to the inflation catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,188,834

ADJUSTABLE BENT SHEATH TUBE

Lifetech Scientific (Shen...

1. An adjustable bend sheath tube, comprising a tube body having a distal end and a proximal end, a traction mechanism and a fixing and connecting mechanism; the traction mechanism comprising an anchor ring and a traction wire: the anchor ring being coaxially embedded in a distal elastic segment of the tube body; the traction wire being arranged in a side wall of the tube body, and extending along the axial direction of the tube body; the traction wire comprising a first segment and a second segment which are axially parallel with each other, the first and second segments having a distal end that are connected to each other by a bending portion, with the first segment connected to the fixing and connecting mechanism near the proximal end of the tube body, and with the bending portion extending around the anchor ring to hook the anchor ring, wherein the tube body is provided with first and second independent traction wire channels which are parallel to each other and extend along the axial direction of the tube body, each traction wire channel having a lumen defined by a luminal wall, with the first segment of the traction wire extending inside the first traction wire channel and the second segment of the traction wire extending inside the second traction wire channel, wherein the first and second segments are separated by the luminal walls of the first and second traction wire channels;wherein the first and second traction wire channels are positioned side-by-side from the proximal end of the tube body to the distal end of the tube body along a same side of the tube body.

US Pat. No. 10,188,831

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CATHETER TIP PLACEMENT USING ECG

AngioDynamics, Inc., Lat...

1. A method comprising the steps of:acquiring a plurality of surface ECG signals from at least one surface ECG electrode and a plurality of intravascular ECG signals from an intravascular ECG electrode, the intravascular ECG electrode configured to be coaxially surrounded by a peripherally inserted catheter, the at least one surface ECG electrode and the intravascular ECG electrode configured to be connected to a central processing unit (CPU);
generating an averaged surface ECG signal from the plurality of surface ECG signals and an averaged intravascular ECG signal from the plurality of intravascular ECG signals;
determining a first fiducial point by identifying a first extremum within the averaged surface ECG signal;
establishing a first ECG search window between a first predetermined value and a second predetermined value, both the first predetermined value and the second predetermined value being offset from the first fiducial point;
determining a second fiducial point by identifying a second extremum within the first ECG search window;
establishing a second ECG search window by identifying a first local extremum on a first side of the second fiducial point and a second local extremum on a second side of the second fiducial point;
applying the second ECG search window to the averaged intravascular ECG signal to generate an intravascular ECG search window;
moving the intravascular ECG electrode from a first location to a second location; and
displaying on a display in communication with the CPU, a graphical instruction to a user to advance or retract the intravascular ECG electrode, the graphical instruction to the user to advance or retract the intravascular ECG electrode is in response to the user moving the intravascular ECG electrode from the first location to the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,188,636

BETAHISTINE FOR THE TREATMENT OF NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES

Cipla Limited, Mumbai (I...

1. A method of treating a neurodegenerative disease, comprising administering to a subject in need thereof, a therapeutically effective amount of betahistine or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein the neurodegenerative disease is Alzheimer's disease and wherein the betahistine or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof is administered orally in an amount from 250-5,000 mg/week with a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier or excipients.

US Pat. No. 10,188,627

PPAR AGONISTS, COMPOUNDS, PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS, AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

Mitobridge, Inc., Cambri...

1. A compound of Formula (II):
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:
Z is CH, N, or

R1 is —OR1A or —NR1AR1B;
R1A, R1B are each independently hydrogen or C1-C4-alkyl;
W is O, CH2, CH?CH, or C?C;
L is selected from the group consisting of:

Q1 is CR20?CR20, N?CH, CH?N,
or S;Q2 is CR20 or N;
each R20 is independently hydrogen, halogen, C1-C4-alkyl, CN, or C1-C4-alkoxy;
each R10 is independently hydrogen, halogen, C1-C4-alkyl, C1-C4-haloalkyl, C1-C4-alkoxy, C1-C4-haloalkoxy, or C3-C6-cycloalkyl;
p is an integer having a value of 1 or 2; and
R2 is halogen, C1-C4-alkyl, C3-C6-cycloalkyl, CN, C1-C4-alkoxy, C1-C4-haloalkoxy, SO2(C1-C4-alkyl), 5- or 6-membered heterocycloalkyl, -?-R2A, —O(CH2)m,R2B, NH(C1-C4-alkyl), N(C1-C4-alkyl)2, C(O)(C1-C4 -alkyl), optionally substituted aryl, or optionally substituted 5-membered heteroaryl;
m is an integer having an a value of 0, 1, 2, or 3;
R2A and R2B are each independently C1-C4-alkyl, C3-C6-cycloalkyl, or C1-C4 haloalkyl;
R3 is C1-C4-alkyl,

 or C1-C4-haloalkyl; and
with the proviso that the compound is not selected from the group consisting of:

 or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,188,626

STABILIZED CABAZITAXEL FORMULATIONS

Cipla Limited, Mumbai (I...

1. A pharmaceutical composition, comprising a compound having the formula:or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof and at least one solubilizer comprising a caprylocaproyl polyoxylglyceride, wherein the composition is injectable, further comprising albumin.

US Pat. No. 10,188,599

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY ACTIVITY WITH SYNERGISM OF HERBAL ESSENTIAL OILS

BORDOLOI BIOTECH, LLC, B...

1. A topical synergistic anti-inflammatory formulation comprising a blend of essential oils, wherein the blend includes at least three essential oils selected from:(A) Cymbopogon citratus oil (CC oil),
(B) Zanthoxylum armatum oil (ZA oil),
(C) Hedychium spicatum oil (HS oil), and
(D) a fourth essential oil obtained from basil, caraway, carrot seed, celery seed, chamomile, citronella, clary sage, clove, cumin, lemon, marjoram, nutmeg, orange, sage, sandalwood, spearmint, and/or thyme.

US Pat. No. 10,188,588

ACIDIC HYBRID MONOMERS AND DENTAL MATERIALS BASED THEREON

Ivoclar Vivadent AG, Sch...

1. Acidic monomer according to Formula I:
in which
A=a linear or branched aliphatic C1-C18-hydrocarbon group, which can be interrupted by one or more —O—, —S—, —CO—O—, —O—CO—NH—, —HN—CO—NH— or —CO—NR1—,
R1=H or a C1-C6 alkyl group,
X=is absent or is a linear or branched aliphatic C1-C10 hydrocarbon group, which can be interrupted by one or more —O—, —S—, —CO—O—, —O—CO—NH—, —HN—CO—NH— or —CO—NR2—,
R2=H or a C1-C6 alkyl group,
PG=a radically polymerizable group selected from vinyl, allyl, CH2?CR3—CO—Y— or R4O—CO—C(?CH2)—CH2—Y—,
Y=O or NR5 or is absent,
R3=H or CH3
R4=H or a C1-C7 alkyl group,
R5=H or a C1-C7 alkyl group,
n=1, 2, 3 or 4,
m=1 or 2,
p=1, 2 or 3, and
q=1, 2 or 3.

US Pat. No. 10,188,568

COMPACT PROFILE ACTUATION SYSTEM FOR AN ADJUSTABLE BED

Ergomotion, Inc., Goleta...

1. An articulating bed comprising:a support frame with a head end and having side frame members;
a carriage having a seat support and carried by the side frame members, said carriage mounted with wheels engaging the side frame members to translate from a first position through a range progressing toward the head end to a fully translated position;
a first actuator connected to a foot end of the support frame and operably engaging the carriage for translation;
a first elevating frame rotating about an axle attached to the side frame members, said first elevating frame concealed within a depth profile of the side frame members in an unrotated position;
first rollers carried by the carriage and engaging lower profile surfaces of the elevating frame;
a second roller carried by the first elevating frame and engaging a lower surface of an upper body support pivotally attached to the seat support, whereby translation of the carriage from the first position to the fully translated position rotates the first elevating frame about the axle as the lower profile surfaces roll over the first rollers to articulate the upper body support.

US Pat. No. 10,188,536

STENT-VALVE, DELIVERY APPARATUS, AND STENT-HOLDER THEREFOR

SYMETIS SA, Ecublens (CH...

1. A delivery device for delivering a stent-valve to an anatomical site for implantation, the delivery device comprising:a stent-holder; and
at least one projection extending radially away from an exterior surface of the stent-holder at a first distance, each projection being disposed within an individual recess formed in a body of the stent-holder wherein the body at least partially surrounds each projection;
wherein:
the at least one projection includes a trunk portion having a first thickness and a ramp portion having a second thickness,
wherein the trunk portion extends radially outward from the exterior surface,
the ramp portion comprises a web of material extending along and from the exterior surface up to or adjacent the first distance, and the ramp portion faces, or is provided on a side of the projection that faces, at least one of a proximal direction of the device and away from a distal end of the device, and
the ramp portion extends laterally from the trunk portion, and the second thickness is less than the first thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,188,515

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CRIMPING A MEDICAL DEVICE

MEDTRONIC VASCULAR INC., ...

1. A system for crimping a prosthetic valve comprising:a first funnel, the first funnel comprising a first diameter of the first funnel, a tapered section, and a second diameter of the first funnel smaller than the first diameter of the first funnel;
a second funnel, the second funnel comprising a first diameter of the second funnel, a tapered section, and a second diameter of the second funnel smaller than the first diameter of the second funnel;
a delivery device, the delivery device comprising a strut support and an outer sheath, at least a portion of the delivery device extending through the first funnel and the second funnel wherein
the second diameter of the first funnel and the second diameter of the second funnel face towards each other,
the second diameter of the first funnel engages with the second diameter of the second funnel, and
the first diameter of the first funnel and the first diameter of the second funnel face away from each other; and
an actuator comprising a handle, a channel, a pull ring, and at least one wire operatively attached to the pull ring, an end of the at least one wire configured to attach to the prosthetic valve and pull the prosthetic valve through at least one of the first funnel and the second funnel through sliding of the pull ring;
wherein the first diameter of the first funnel is larger than the first diameter of the second funnel.

US Pat. No. 10,188,456

ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY FOR RF ENERGY ENABLED TISSUE DEBRIDEMENT DEVICE

Medtronic Xomed, Inc., J...

1. A blade assembly extending from a proximal region to a distal region, comprising:an outer shaft assembly including an outer shaft defining a lumen extending along a central axis, an outer circumference, a proximal end and a distal end opposite the proximal end, wherein the distal end defines a cutting window in the outer shaft assembly and a first electrode surface;
an inner shaft assembly rotatably disposed within the lumen of the outer shaft assembly about the central axis, the inner shaft assembly defining a distal portion, the distal portion further including a cutting tip;
an electrode body extending along the outer circumference and electrically isolated from the outer shaft, the electrode body defining a U-shape in cross section with respect to a plane that is perpendicular to the central axis and a second electrode surface spaced apart from the first electrode surface;
a hub rotatably supporting the outer shaft and the electrode body, wherein upon rotation of the hub about the central axis, the outer shaft and the electrode body rotate about the central axis;
a rotary electrical connection assembly comprising an outer connector and an inner connector rotatably disposed within the outer connector, the inner connector electrically connected to the electrode body;
an irrigation channel fluidly coupled with the hub and configured to deliver fluid from the proximal region to the distal region; and
wherein each of the outer connector, the inner connector and the electrode body are formed of a conductive material and extend a respective length in a direction parallel to the central axis, and further wherein, when viewed in cross section along an entirety of the respective length and with respect to the plane that is perpendicular to the central axis, each define a maximum distance from the central axis that includes conductive material such that, for a circle having an origin at the central axis and a circumference at the maximum distance, there exists at least one sector of the circle free of conductive material.

US Pat. No. 10,188,435

INSTRUMENTS AND METHODS FOR TENSIONING A SPINAL TETHER

DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, I...

1. A tether tensioning device, comprising:an elongate shaft adapted to be positioned adjacent to a bone anchor implanted in bone;
a tensioning arm pivotally connected to a plate such that the pivot point of the tensioning arm is offset from the elongate shaft, the tensioning arm being adapted to couple to a tether seated across the bone anchor and to pivot past a longitudinal axis of the elongate shaft to apply a tensioning force to the tether; and
an overload mechanism disposed within the elongate shaft and coupled to the plate, wherein the overload mechanism is configured to prevent the applied tensioning force from exceeding a threshold force.

US Pat. No. 10,188,368

IMAGE GUIDED INTRAVASCULAR THERAPY CATHETER UTILIZING A THIN CHIP MULTIPLEXOR

1. An intravenous ultrasound catheter having a distal tip and comprising:(a) a forward-facing array of ultrasound elements near to said distal tip of said device;
(b) an integrated circuit (IC) die, abutting and proximal to said ultrasound elements, having a thickness of less than 80 ?m, and having:
(i) a first face, facing said forward-facing array, and having an array of ultrasound element driving and receiving contacts, in mating arrangement to said array of ultrasound elements, so that said array of ultrasound element driving and receiving contacts collectively physically abut and electrically connect to each of said ultrasound elements;
(ii) a second face, opposed to said first face, and having a set of input-output signal contacts, said set being fewer in number than said array of ultrasound element driving and receiving contacts and being collectively switchable into contact with any one of a set of predefined blocks of said ultrasound element driving and receiving contacts, said second face also having a set of control contacts, wherein inputs received by said control contacts positively collectively command some aspect of operation of said IC die; and
(iii) wherein said ultrasound element driving and receiving contacts can send and receive signals from a first one of said blocks of said driving and receiving contacts and can then be switched to send and receive signals from a second one of said blocks of said driving and receiving contacts, different from said first one of said blocks;
(c) a flex circuit assembly, proximal to said integrated circuit and including coax cables and a contact portion, having a set of contact pads abutting and electrically connecting said input-output signal contacts of said IC die, to said coax cables;
(d) backing material, abutting and directly proximal to said contact portion, thereby forming an interface and wherein said backing material and said contact portion material have equal acoustic impedance, thereby preventing reflection at said interface; and
(e) a tubular flexible protective covering, covering said array of ultrasound elements, said integrated circuit die, said flex circuit assembly and said backing material.

US Pat. No. 10,188,367

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE, ULTRASOUND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An ultrasound diagnostic device that transmits ultrasound waves towards a subject via an ultrasound probe and acquires frame signals generated at different time points by receiving ultrasound waves reflected by the subject via the ultrasound probe, the ultrasound diagnostic device comprising:an ultrasound image processing circuit that includes:
a signal acquirer that acquires, via the ultrasound probe, the frame signals;
a map generator that generates, by using the acquired frame signals, a first motion map which is a motion map composed of a plurality of pixel areas which make up an entire frame area of the acquired frame signals, and which indicates a motion in each of the plurality of pixel areas in the entire frame area, the motion indicating an inter-frame signal change and calculated from corresponding pixel areas of the acquired frame signals;
a weight provider that provides a weight to each motion in the first motion map, and outputs the first motion map whose motions have been weighted, wherein the weight provider provides the weight to each motion in the first motion map by comparing, to a predetermined value, a luminance value of a pixel area corresponding to each motion in one of the acquired frame signals which is used to calculate the first motion map, and providing the weight in accordance with the luminance value of the corresponding pixel area such that the weight increases in accordance with an increase in luminance value of the corresponding pixel area in said one of the acquired frame signals, wherein when the luminance value of the corresponding pixel area is lower than the predetermined value, the weight provider provides the weight to the motion in the first motion map by using zero as a weighting coefficient, and when the luminance value of the corresponding pixel area is greater than or equal to the predetermined value, the weight provider provides the weight to the motion in the first motion map by using a number greater than zero as a weighting coefficient;
a map calculator that holds a second motion map and creates a third motion map by performing a calculation using motions in the first motion map output by the weight provider and the second motion map, wherein each of the second motion map and the third motion map is a motion map composed of a plurality of pixel areas which make up an entire frame area of the acquired frame signals, and which indicates a motion in each of the plurality of pixel areas in the entire frame area;
an emphasis adder that adds emphasis to at least one of the acquired frame signals by using the third motion map and generates an ultrasound image from said at least one of the acquired frame signals to which emphasis has been added; and
a display controller that controls a display to display the generated ultrasound image, wherein, after the third motion map is calculated using the motions in the first motion map and the second motion map, the map calculator holds the created third motion map as a new second motion map for performing a subsequent calculation to create a new third motion map.

US Pat. No. 10,188,366

X-RAY IRRADIATION CONTROLLING DEVICE

Rayence Co., Ltd., Gyeon...

1. An X-ray irradiation controlling device comprising:a pre-shot radiography condition determiner determining a radiography condition;
a reference pixel value acquirer acquiring a reference pixel value from a pre-shot radiograph obtained under the pre-shot radiography condition;
an interrelation acquirer acquiring interrelation between a radiography condition and a radiograph signal on the basis of the reference pixel value; and
a main-shot radiography condition determiner determining a main-shot radiography condition using the interrelation,
wherein the radiography condition is a radiation dose, and
wherein the main-shot radiography condition determiner determines the main-shot radiography condition such that the reference pixel value shows a desired target pixel value in a main-shot radiograph obtained under the main-shot radiography condition.

US Pat. No. 10,188,358

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SUBJECT SHAPE ESTIMATION

General Electric Company,...

1. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored thereon a computer program comprising instructions, which, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to:acquire shape estimation information with a shape estimation system that includes a plurality of light emitting sources distributed circumferentially about a bore of a gantry and a plurality of light detectors distributed circumferentially about the bore of the gantry, wherein the light emitting sources are arranged in at least two rings disposed about the bore of the gantry, wherein the at least two rings include a first ring and a second ring disposed on opposite sides of at least one detector unit attached to the gantry, wherein each light emitting source emits light at a different time instance, wherein the gantry does not include an x-ray tube;
emit light from the at least two rings of the light emitting sources disposed about the bore of the gantry;
detect which light detectors, attached with the bore of the gantry, received each instance of emitted light at each time instance;
determine a subject shape estimation of a subject of a medical imaging system with the information, wherein the subject shape estimation is of an external outline of a subject being imaged;
develop an image acquisition scenario with the subject shape estimation and a requested imaging operation;
configure a physical location of the at least one detector unit attached to the gantry based on the developed image acquisition scenario; and
acquire Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) image information with the at least one detector unit, wherein the at least one detector unit used to acquire the SPECT image information is distinct from the shape estimation system.

US Pat. No. 10,188,356

RADIATION SYSTEMS

VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, I...

1. A radiation system, comprising:a treatment device having a structure, and a first radiation source coupled to the structure, wherein the first radiation source is configured to rotate about an axis and to deliver a treatment radiation beam;
a rail system associated with the structure; and
a MRI device moveably coupled to the rail system;
wherein the rail system is configured to guide the MRI device from a first position to a second position, the second position being closer to the treatment device than the first position;
wherein the treatment device is at an operative position for delivering the treatment radiation beam; and
wherein when the treatment device is at the operative position, and when the MRI device is at the second position, the MRI device is next to the treatment device so that a spacing between the MRI device and treatment device is less than a thickness of the MRI device or the treatment device, and the MRI device is behind the treatment device along the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,188,355

BACKGROUND-SUPPRESSED, REDUCED FIELD-OF-VIEW RADIAL MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A computer-implemented magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method for acquiring images of a patient, the method comprising:receiving, by an input processor, user input comprising an indication of a field of view (FOV) that encompasses only an anatomy of interest of the patient, the anatomy of interest smaller than a full dimension of the patient;
shimming, by a processor configured to communicate with the input processor, on the anatomy of interest within the FOV;
applying, by the processor, a radial quiescent-interval slice-selective (QISS) pulse sequence including a magnetization preparation pulse to the shimmed FOV to acquire images of the anatomy of interest; and
generating, at a display processor configured to communicate with the processor, data representing the acquired images of the anatomy of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,188,353

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING AUTONOMIC HEALTH

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A method, comprising:delivering an autonomic neural stimulation (ANS) dose over a plurality of burst periods, including delivering a burst stimulation pulses within a portion of each burst period to evoke physiological responses and not delivering stimulation pulses within another portion of each burst period;
recording physiological parameter values, including:
recording first population data, the first population data including evoked response (ER) values corresponding to the evoked physiological responses to the burst of stimulation pulses for the plurality of burst periods; and
recording second population data, the second population data including reference values that include no effect (NE) values corresponding to times without an evoked physiological response;
calculating evoked response metrics (ERMs) using the first and second population data, each of the ERMs being dependent on background autonomic activity;
analyzing the ERMs to provide ERM analysis; and
providing an indication of autonomic health using the ERM analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,188,348

PARAMETER UPGRADE SYSTEM

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A parameter upgrade system comprising:a handheld upgrade tool; and
a physiological monitor comprising:
a first sensor port configured to attach and communicate with a sensor; and
a processor board in communication with the first sensor port, the processor board comprising:
a monitor digital signal processor (DSP) configured to:
determine that the handheld upgrade tool of a plurality of handheld upgrade tools is attached to the physiological monitor via the first sensor port,
authenticate the handheld upgrade tool for the physiological monitor by verifying that the handheld upgrade tool is authorized to access the physiological monitor, and
identify a tool type of the handheld upgrade tool, and
a plurality of firmware instructions residing on the processor board, wherein a first set of the plurality of firmware instructions is made available to and is executable by the monitor DSP so as to cause the sensor to emit a plurality of wavelengths of light, receive a sensor signal from the sensor in response to absorption of the plurality of wavelengths of light by a patient, and calculate a plurality of physiological parameters in response to the sensor signal received from the sensor, wherein a second set of the plurality of firmware instructions relating to calculation of at least one additional physiological parameter is not made available to the monitor DSP,
wherein the handheld upgrade tool is different from the sensor and individually attachable to the first sensor port in lieu of the sensor, the handheld upgrade tool comprising:
a tool DSP configured to:
authenticate the physiological monitor for the handheld upgrade tool by verifying that the physiological monitor is authorized to access the handheld upgrade tool,
identify a board type of the processor board, and
based on a determination that the board type of the processor board matches the tool type of the handheld upgrade tool, provide changes to the plurality of firmware instructions residing on the processor board, wherein the changes to the plurality of firmware instructions make available to the physiological monitor the second set of the plurality of firmware instructions relating to the calculation of the at least one additional physiological parameter in response to the sensor signal received from the sensor;
a sensor port connector that mates directly with the first sensor port and provides a communications path between the tool DSP and the monitor DSP; and
an I/O port connector different from the sensor port connector and configured to provide a communications path between the tool DSP and an external digital device different from the physiological monitor,
wherein the sensor and the handheld upgrade tool attach to the first sensor port individually at distinct time intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,188,346

CUBITAL TUNNEL INFOMATIC MONITOR

Focal Wellness, Inc., Ca...

1. A device for monitoring Cubital tunnel syndrome (“CuTS”), the device comprising:a body configured to be worn on an arm of a user;
a plurality of sensors;
a processor positioned within the body and in communication with the plurality of sensors;
a vibration mechanism positioned within the body and in communication with the processor; and
a power source positioned within the body and in communication with the processor;
wherein the plurality of sensors monitors a position of the user's upper arm and forearm to prevent CuTS wherein a resistance of the plurality of sensors changes when the user's elbow is bent;
wherein a voltage from the plurality of sensors is monitored by the processor;
wherein the processor of the article is configured to determine if the user's upper arm and forearm are in a CuTS position and the processor is configured to activate an alert signal when a pre-determined change in the value of the voltage from the plurality of sensors is sent to the processor to alert the user to the CuTS position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,345

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING BIOFEEDBACK DURING MEDITATION EXERCISE

Fitbit, Inc., San Franci...

1. A method of operating a wearable device, the wearable device comprising a processor, one or more biometric sensors and a graphical user interface, the biometric sensors including a motion sensor and an optical biometric sensor configured to detect features of a user's cardiac signal, the method comprising:determining, via the processor based on output of the motion sensor, that the user's movements are within a tolerance range for movement;
prompting the user, via the graphical user interface, to perform a meditation exercise in response to the determining that the user's movements are within the tolerance range for movement, the meditation exercise being associated with a target physiological metric related to the physiology of the user;
measuring, based on output of at least the optical biometric sensor, a physiological metric of the user during the meditation exercise, wherein the tolerance range for movement includes one or more values defined such that changes in the physiological metric are due to the meditation exercise rather than the user's movement;
determining, via the processor, a performance score indicating the user's performance during the meditation exercise based on comparing the measured physiological metric with the target physiological metric; and
providing, via the graphical user interface, based on the performance score, feedback information indicative of the user's performance during the meditation exercise the feedback information being provided to the user concurrently with the prompting of the user to perform the meditation exercise.

US Pat. No. 10,188,344

OPTIMUM ADMINISTRATION FORM PROVIDING SYSTEM FOR MAGNETIC DRUG

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A system to provide a modified administration form for a magnetic drug, the system comprising:a memory;
a processor configured to;
obtain equipment analysis information including internal body image data after administering the magnetic drug based on an administration form of the magnetic drug, the administration form including a trial dose of the magnetic drug, wherein the magnetic drug comprises a metal salen complex compound for a brain tumor, and the internal body image data includes X-ray CT image data of organs and MRI image data showing a distribution status of the magnetic drug in the organs as a gray-scaled image,
determine a first concentration about a side-effect-related organ on which the magnetic drug produces a side effect, based on the internal body image data by:
determining a first volume value of the side-effect- related organ from X-ray CT image data of the side- effect-related organ, and
calculating the first concentration of the magnetic drug in the side-effect-related organ, wherein the calculating of the first concentration including:
calculating a magnetic drug density data in the side-effect-related organ from an MRl image data, showing a distribution status of the magnetic drug in the side-effect-related organ, and
multiplying the calculated magnetic drug density data in the side-effect-related organ and the first volume value of the side-effect-related organ to obtain the first concentration,
determine a second concentration about a drug-efficacy-related organ in which drug efficacy of the magnetic drug by:
determining a second volume value of the drug- efficacy-related organ from X-ray CT image data of the drug-efficacy-related organ, and
calculating the second concentration of the magnetic drug in the drug-efficacy-related organ, wherein the calculating of the second concentration including:
calculating a magnetic drug density data in the drug efficacy-related organ from an MRI image data showing a distribution status of the magnetic drug in the drug-efficacy-related organ, and
multiplying the calculated magnetic drug density data in the drug-efficacy-related organ and the second volume value of the drug-efficacy-related organ to obtain the second concentration,
evaluate the administration form of the magnetic drug based on the first concentration and the second concentration by scoring the first concentration and the second concentration in accordance with a predetermined threshold value,
determine, based on the evaluation, an integrated correction coefficient that associates a side-effect of the magnetic drug with a drug efficacy of the magnetic drug, the determining of the integrated correction coefficient including prioritizing a reduction of the side effect of the magnetic drug, and
generate the modified administration form of the magnetic drug that reflects the side-effect of the magnetic drug and the drug efficacy of the magnetic drug based on the integrated correction coefficient, wherein the modified administration form includes an a modified dose of the magnetic drug calculated by multiplying the integrated correction coefficient and the trial dose of the magnetic drug; and
an output device that displays the modified administration form.

US Pat. No. 10,188,343

METHODS OF MONITORING EFFECTS OF NEUROSTIMULATION

Cardionomic, Inc., New B...

1. A method of monitoring effect of neurostimulation on left ventricle contractility, the method comprising:positioning a neurostimulator in a pulmonary artery;
positioning a plurality of pressure sensors in a right ventricle;
activating the neurostimulator to apply neurostimulation to a nerve proximate to a pulmonary artery, wherein the neurostimulation increases contractility of the left ventricle;
measuring contractility of the right ventricle using the plurality of pressure sensors;
determining contractility of the left ventricle based on the measured contractility of the right ventricle;
monitoring the effect of the neurostimulation on the left ventricle contractility based on the measured contractility of the right ventricle; and
using closed loop control to alter the neurostimulation.

US Pat. No. 10,188,342

METHODS, APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS FOR TRANSCRANIAL STIMULATION

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH C...

1. A method of modulating cortical activity in a subject, comprising:detecting cortical oscillations and/or coherence between cortical oscillations in the subject via an electrocardiogram, a pupilometer and/or a functional near-infrared spectrometer; and
passing an oscillating electric current through the skull of the subject responsive to the cortical oscillations and/or coherence detected.

US Pat. No. 10,188,337

AUTOMATED CORRELATION OF NEUROPSYCHIATRIC TEST DATA

SAVONIX, INC., San Franc...

1. A data processing method comprising:loading a mobile computing device with test instructions upon startup of an application installed on the mobile computing device;
under program control of the test instructions programmed in the mobile computing device, generating and causing displaying on a display device of the mobile computing device, a prompt associated with a first task relating to a test of a feature of a human cognitive domain, wherein the prompt comprises a prompt image of spatially positioned shapes and lines;
in conjunction with causing displaying the prompt, by the test instructions, reading a system clock of the mobile computing device and storing a first time stamp value indicating when the prompt was displayed;
wherein the system clock continuously generates signals representing a current time that may be queried programmatically by the application;
using the test instructions, displaying the prompt for a specified time period using the system clock;
in response to displaying the prompt for the specified time period, causing displaying a graphical grid that is configured to capture movement input at the mobile computing device wherein the movement input comprises drawing or placing shapes and lines to recreate the prompt image;
by the test instructions, obtaining input via the grid displayed through the mobile computing device comprising a response to the prompt, wherein the response comprises the movement input of shapes, icons, characters, or lines;
in conjunction with obtaining the input, by the test instructions, reading the system clock of the mobile computing device and storing a second time stamp value indicating when the input comprising the response was detected, and storing, in association with the second time stamp value, a tag indicating the movement input for the response;
by the test instructions, repeating the generating and causing displaying, the obtaining, the storing the tag, and the storing the first time stamp value and the second time stamp value, for a plurality of other prompts of other tasks relating to the same test or the same first task, to yield a plurality of test records that associate a plurality of different response values with a plurality of respective different time stamp values, and transmitting the plurality of different response values and the plurality of respective different time stamp values over a data communications network to a server computer that is programmed with test analysis instructions;
by the test analysis instructions, based upon the plurality of different response values and the plurality of respective different time stamp values, determining a first result score value for the first task, applying a first weight value to the first result score value to yield a first weighted result score value, and combining one or more other different weighted result score values associated with the other prompts of the other tasks relating to the same test, or the same first task, with the first weighted result score value to yield a cognitive domain score value;
with the server computer, causing generating and displaying one or more different graphs of the features of the cognitive domain, including a brain profile type;
further comprising, with the server computer, causing generating and displaying the one or more different graphs of the features of the cognitive domain, including the brain profile type, in which the different weighted result score values are indicated as positions within a normal distribution of score values for those features.

US Pat. No. 10,188,335

PLASMA OR SERUM PRODUCTION AND REMOVAL OF FLUIDS UNDER REDUCED PRESSURE

Seventh Sense Biosystems,...

21. A device for receiving blood from a subject and processing the blood to form plasma or serum, the device comprising:an inlet for introduction of a bodily fluid from the subject into the device;
a storage chamber for receiving plasma or serum;
a first membrane that is substantially impermeable to cells, wherein the first membrane separates the inlet from the storage chamber and is capable of separating blood passing through to produce a portion enriched in plasma or serum;
a vacuum chamber, separate from the storage chamber, having a pressure less than ambient pressure; and
a second membrane that is gas permeable but is substantially liquid impermeable, wherein the second membrane separates the storage chamber from the vacuum chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,188,331

NON-INVASIVE PHYSIOLOGICAL SENSOR COVER

MASIMO CORPORATION, Irvi...

1. A partially opaque sensor cover for use with a pulse oximeter sensor, the partially opaque sensor cover comprising:a partially opaque portion attachable to the sensor and configured to block optical readings by the sensor; and
a tab portion that protrudes from the sensor to facilitate removal of the partially opaque sensor cover,
wherein the sensor comprises:
a light source configured to emit light from one or more emitters of the sensor; and
a detector configured to receive at least a portion of the light emitted by the one or more emitters after the light has passed through a tissue site, and
wherein the partially opaque portion at least partially prevents the detector from receiving light during sensor activation.

US Pat. No. 10,188,330

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING A LIGHT DRIVE PARAMETER LIMIT IN A PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITOR

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method for driving a medical sensor for use on a subject, comprising:generating a light drive signal with a variable current below a first maximum current limit, the light drive signal being configured to produce an emitted light in a medical sensor;
receiving a sensor signal from the medical sensor, in response to the emitted light;
determining a parameter based on the received sensor signal;
changing the maximum current limit based on the parameter; and
generating the light drive signal in accordance with the changed maximum current limit.

US Pat. No. 10,188,326

FOLDOVER SENSORS AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING THEM

MEDTRONIC MINIMED, INC., ...

1. An analyte sensor apparatus comprising:a base substrate comprising a planar sheet of a flexible material adapted to transition from a first configuration to a second configuration when the base substrate is folded to form a fixed bend;
a working electrode, a counter electrode and a reference electrode disposed upon a first surface of the base substrate;
a plurality of contact pads disposed upon the first surface of the base substrate;
a plurality of electrical conduits disposed upon the first surface of the base substrate, wherein the plurality of electrical conduits are adapted to transmit electrical signals between the working electrode, the counter electrode or the reference electrode and the plurality of contact pads separated by the fixed bend;
an analyte sensing layer disposed over the working electrode, wherein the analyte sensing layer detectably alters the electrical current at the working electrode in the presence of an analyte; and
an analyte modulating layer disposed over the analyte sensing layer, wherein the analyte modulating layer modulates the diffusion of analyte therethrough;wherein:the base substrate comprises the fixed bend so as to form an configuration characterized in that:
at least one working electrode, counter electrode or reference electrode is disposed on a first side of the fixed bend; and
at least one working electrode, counter electrode or reference electrode is disposed on a second side of the fixed bend.

US Pat. No. 10,188,322

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING THE ORIENTATION OF AN ACCELEROMETER

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method of determining the orientation of an accelerometer that is being carried or worn by a user, the method comprising:measuring acceleration using the accelerometer as the user moves;
processing the measured acceleration to determine a step frequency of the movements by the user; and
processing the measured acceleration to identify a lateral component of acceleration as a component of acceleration having a high response at a frequency corresponding to half the step frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,188,320

LAPAROSCOPIC TISSUE THICKNESS MEASURING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE

Boehringer Technologies, ...

1. A laparoscopic device for measuring the thickness of tissue, said device comprising:an elongated tubular housing having a central longitudinal axis and a proximal end portion;
a tissue thickness indicator comprising a tubular section, an indicator scale and a marker, said tubular section being located at said proximal end portion of said elongated tubular housing and coaxial with said central longitudinal axis, said indicator scale comprising indicia disposed linearly along said central longitudinal axis;
a reciprocating linear member coupled to said tissue thickness indicator, said reciprocating linear member having a first portion configured for reciprocating linear movement within said tubular housing along said central longitudinal axis and a second portion configured for reciprocating linear movement along said central longitudinal axis in said tubular section, wherein one of said indicator scale and said marker is fixedly located at said proximal end portion of said elongated tubular housing and the other of said indicator scale and said marker is fixedly located at said proximal end portion of said reciprocating linear member; and
a pair of jaws, each of said jaws having a tip portion, at least one of said jaws being movable with respect to the other of said jaws to define an openable and closable mouth between said tip portions of said jaws, said mouth being configured to be opened upon movement of said reciprocating linear member through said elongated tubular housing, whereupon said mouth is enabled to receive tissue therein, said reciprocating linear member being normally biased by a force to automatically close said mouth, said device being configured whereupon the closing of said mouth causes the movement of said reciprocating linear member along said central longitudinal axis a greater distance than the distance separating said tip portions of said jaws and said movement of said reciprocating linear member along said central longitudinal axis causes one of said marker and said indicator scale to move linearly along said central longitudinal axis with respect to the other of said marker and said indicator scale to provide a readily visible indication of the distance separating said tip portions of said jaws, and hence the thickness of tissue within said openable mouth.

US Pat. No. 10,188,316

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MODULAR INTRALUMINAL DEVICE POWER TRANSFER

Elwha LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. An intraluminal traveling modular system, comprising:a first intraluminal device, the first intraluminal device including
a body structure dimensioned and structured to travel through a biological lumen of a subject;
a sensor coupled to the body structure, the sensor oriented to detect at least one characteristic of the biological lumen and to generate one or more sense signals in response thereto;
a processor operably coupled to the sensor, the processor configured to receive the one or more sense signals;
a data transmitter coupled to the body structure and configured to wirelessly transmit one or more data signals associated with the one or more sense signals responsive to instruction by the processor; and
an energy storage module configured to power at least one of the sensor, the processor, or the data transmitter; and
a second intraluminal device, the second intraluminal device including
a second body structure dimensioned and structured to travel through the biological lumen of the subject;
an energy storage device coupled to the second body structure, the energy storage device configured to transfer energy stored in the energy storage device to the energy storage module of the first intraluminal device; and
a docking structure coupled to the second body structure, the docking structure configured to couple the first intraluminal device with the second intraluminal device, the energy storage device configured to transfer the energy when the first intraluminal device and the second intraluminal device are coupled via the docking structure, the docking structure further configured to automatically decouple the first intraluminal device and the second intraluminal device subsequent to transfer of the energy from the energy storage device of the second intraluminal device to the energy storage module of the first intraluminal device,
wherein the first intraluminal device further includes
a wall-engaging structure capable of engaging a wall of the biological lumen to secure the first intraluminal device with respect to the wall of the biological lumen; and
a second sensor configured to measure a proximity between the first intraluminal device and the second intraluminal device, and
wherein the processor is configured to direct the wall-engaging structure to secure the first intraluminal device with respect to the wall of the biological lumen until the measured proximity between the first intraluminal device and the second intraluminal device is within a threshold proximity.

US Pat. No. 10,188,314

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING SHEATHING AND UNSHEATHING OF LOCALIZATION ELEMENTS

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...

1. A method of detecting a localization element/sheath state change with a localization system, comprising:establishing a localization field using a plurality of localization field generators;
obtaining a first localization signal from a first catheter-borne localization element positioned within the localization field via an introducer sheath, the first localization signal including a first in-phase component and a first quadrature component;
obtaining a second localization signal from a second catheter-borne localization element positioned within the localization field via the introducer sheath, the second localization signal including a second in-phase component and a second quadrature component;
comparing the second quadrature component to the first quadrature component; and
detecting a localization element/sheath state change for the second catheter-borne localization element based on the comparison between the second quadrature component and the first quadrature component.

US Pat. No. 10,188,310

PROBE FOR DETERMINING MAGNETIC MARKER LOCATIONS

Health Beacons, Inc., Co...

1. A method for determining a distance and direction between a probe and a magnetic marker, the method comprising:providing the probe, wherein the probe comprises
a first sensor including a first magnetometer having a first range within which a magnetic marker can be detected and a first accelerometer, and
a second sensor including a second magnetometer having a second range within which the magnetic marker can be detected and a second accelerometer,
wherein the first sensor is separated from the second sensor by a distance that is greater than the first range and the second range such that the magnetic marker can only be detected by one of the first magnetometer and the second magnetometer at a time;
wherein the probe is configured to determine a position, in three-dimensional space, of the magnetic marker;
balancing the probe while the probe is positioned away from the magnetic marker such that the magnetic marker is not within the first range of the first magnetometer or the second range of the second magnetometer;
moving the balanced probe so that the magnetic marker is within the first range of the first magnetometer and not within the second range of the second magnetometer; and
determining the distance and direction between the probe and the magnetic marker by comparing an output of the first sensor with an output of the second sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,188,309

SYSTEMS, ARTICLES, AND METHODS FOR ELECTROMYOGRAPHY SENSORS

NORTH INC., Kitchener (C...

1. A differential electromyography (“EMG”) sensor comprising:a first sensor electrode formed of an electrically conductive material;
an amplifier;
a first electrically conductive pathway that communicatively couples the first sensor electrode and the amplifier;
a first capacitor electrically coupled in series between the first sensor electrode and the amplifier in the first electrically conductive pathway;
a first resistor electrically coupled in series between the first sensor electrode and the amplifier in the first electrically conductive pathway;
a ground electrode formed of an electrically conductive material;
a second electrically conductive pathway that communicatively couples to the ground electrode;
a third electrically conductive pathway that communicatively couples the first electrically conductive pathway and the second electrically conductive pathway;
a second capacitor electrically coupled in the third electrically conductive pathway in between the first electrically conductive pathway and the second electrically conductive pathway;
a fourth electrically conductive pathway that communicatively couples the first electrically conductive pathway and the second electrically conductive pathway;
a second resistor electrically coupled in the fourth electrically conductive pathway in between the first electrically conductive pathway and the second electrically conductive pathway;
a second sensor electrode formed of an electrically conductive material;
a fifth electrically conductive pathway that communicatively couples the second sensor electrode and the amplifier;
a third capacitor electrically coupled in series between the second sensor electrode and the amplifier in the fifth electrically conductive pathway;
a third resistor electrically coupled in series between the second sensor electrode and the amplifier in the fifth electrically conductive pathway;
a sixth electrically conductive pathway that communicatively couples the fifth electrically conductive pathway and the second electrically conductive pathway;
a fourth capacitor electrically coupled in the sixth electrically conductive pathway in between the fifth electrically conductive pathway and the second electrically conductive pathway;
a seventh electrically conductive pathway that communicatively couples the fifth electrically conductive pathway and the second electrically conductive pathway; and
a fourth resistor electrically coupled in the seventh electrically conductive pathway in between the fifth electrically conductive pathway and the second electrically conductive pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,188,307

SHIELDED MULTI-CHANNEL EEG HEADSET SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Bio-Signal Group Corp., ...

1. An EEG sensor headset comprising:a plurality of electrodes;
an elongated central strip defining one or more electrode-ports and including at least some of the plurality of electrodes and a first connector, the elongated central strip being sized to cover at least a portion of a center line from a nasal bridge to a spinal column of a patient, and being at least partially coated with a first adhesive on a patient side;
an anterior member including a first left wing and a first right wing, each of the first left wing and the first right wing extending from the central strip, the first left wing and the first right wing each having at least two of the plurality of electrodes, at least a portion of the anterior member being coated with the first adhesive on the patient side; a left-end portion of the first left wing and a right-end portion of the first right wing being coated with a second adhesive on the patient side;
a second anterior member including a second left wing and a second right wing each having an electrode of the plurality of the electrodes, each of the second left wing and the second right wing extending from the central strip; at least a portion of the second anterior member being coated with the first adhesive on the patient side, a left-end portion of the second left wing and a right-end portion of the second right wing being coated with the second adhesive on the patient side;
a right side member extending from the central strip and including an electrode of the plurality of electrodes, at least a portion of the right side member being coated with the first adhesive on the patient side;
a right contact member coupled to the right side member by a first lateral flex joint, the right contact member being coated with the second adhesive on the patient side;
a left side member extending from the central strip and including an electrode of the plurality of electrodes; a portion of the left side member being coated with the first adhesive on the patient side;
a left contact member coupled to the left side portion by a second lateral flex joint, the left contact member being coated with the second adhesive on the patient side;
a posterior member coated with the first adhesive on the patient side, the posterior member including:
a third left wing extending from the central strip and having at least three of the plurality of electrodes on the patient side, and an upper and a lower external adhesion location coated with the second adhesive on an outer side opposite the patient side, and
a third right wing extending from the central strip and having at least three of the plurality of electrodes on the patient side, and an upper and a lower external adhesion location coated with the second adhesive on the outer side;
the first connector disposed between the anterior member and the posterior member, the first connector electrically coupled to at least some of the plurality of electrodes by respective traces, the first connector including a terminal corresponding to respective electrodes; and
a shield plane including at least a portion coupled to the central strip, the shield plane coupled to a flexible outer substrate opposite the patient side, the flexible outer substrate providing a dielectric material disposed between the shield plane and the plurality of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,188,304

INTEGRATED OPTICAL NEURAL PROBE

Diagnostic Biochips, Inc....

1. A neural probe comprising a headstage connected to one or more elongated shanks, whereinthe headstage comprises a high-intensity LED;
each elongated shank is formed from MEMS silicon and comprises at least one optical fiber, at least one groove, and at least one SUB waveguide, wherein each optical fiber is aligned in one groove to one waveguide; and
the LED is connected to each optical fiber via a coupler, wherein the coupler comprises ceramic, stainless steel, and brass, and wherein the coupler is fixed onto the LED with a UV-curable adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,188,303

HEMODYNAMIC MONITOR AND METHOD OF HEMODYNAMIC MONITORING

LIDCO Group PLC, London ...

1. An apparatus for determining stroke volume comprising:an input for receiving an arterial pressure waveform;
means arranged to define a start point within the arterial pressure waveform at a beginning of a systolic arterial pressure increase due to a ventricular contraction phase of a heart beat;
means arranged to determine an end point of the heart beat for the purpose of calculating stroke volume by
determining whether there is a part or point of the arterial pressure waveform that has substantially the same arterial pressure value as said starting point,
responsive to said arterial pressure value at said starting point being regained, setting the end point to be the part or point of the arterial pressure waveform that has substantially the same arterial pressure value as said starting point, and
responsive to said arterial pressure value at said starting point not being regained, extrapolating the end point of the heart beat to a point where the arterial pressure waveform has substantially the same arterial pressure value as said starting point to define the end point;
means arranged to calculate a stroke volume from a part of the arterial pressure waveform or of the extrapolated arterial pressure waveform between the start point and the end point; and
an output means and configured to output, via the output means, an indication of at least one of a current stroke volume, a current heart rate, a number of previous stroke volumes and a number of previous heart rates.

US Pat. No. 10,188,302

METHODS FOR DYNAMIC VISUALIZATION OF CLINICAL PARAMETERS OVER TIME

The University of Vermont...

8. A non-transitory computer readable medium containing program instructions executable by a processor, the computer readable medium comprising:program instructions for generating a thrombin generation profile of a subject from measurements of the concentrations of factors II, V, VII/VIIa, VIII, IX, and X, tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI), protein C (PC), and antithrombin (AT) in a biological sample from the subject;
program instructions for obtaining the parameters: maximum level of thrombin generation, maximum rate of thrombin generation, total thrombin generated, and clot time, the parameters are derived from the measurements of factors II, V, VII/VIIa, VIII, IX, and X, TFPI, PC, and AT; and
program instructions for determining the propensity of the patient for blood clotting and bleeding, the determination is based on the parameters; and
program instructions for displaying the thrombin generation profile in a visual form;
wherein a thrombin generation profile comprising a greater than 3-fold decrease in clot time and greater than 3-fold increase in maximum level of thrombin generation, maximum rate of thrombin generation, and total thrombin generated, relative to a respective reference for each of said parameters comprising the thrombin generation profile, indicates a propensity of the subject for blood clotting; and
wherein a thrombin generation profile comprising a greater than 3-fold increase in clot time and a greater than 3-fold decrease in maximum level of thrombin generation, maximum rate of thrombin generation, and total thrombin generated, relative to the respective reference for each of said parameters comprising the thrombin generation profile, indicates a propensity of the subject for bleeding.

US Pat. No. 10,188,301

MEDICAL PROBE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...

1. A system for monitoring luminal esophageal temperatures in a patient, comprising:a probe adapted to be inserted into an esophagus of the patient, the probe extending between a proximal end and a distal end;
a plurality of electrodes and a plurality of temperature sensors extending along a length of the probe to enable continuous monitoring of temperatures in an area of the esophagus subject to formation of atrial-esophageal fistulas during a cardiac ablation;
a controller having software executing thereon;
a temperature sensor interface coupled to the probe remote from the distal end of the probe, the temperature sensor interface being in communication with the plurality of temperature sensors;
an electrode interface coupled to the probe remote from the distal end of the probe, the electrode interface being in communication with the plurality of electrodes;
wherein the electrode interface is connected to the controller and the controller is adapted to receive signals from the electrode interface;
wherein the temperature sensor interface is connected to the controller and the controller is adapted to receive signals from the temperature sensor interface;
a video monitor in communication with the controller;
wherein the controller is configured to display on the monitor an anatomic map of the esophagus based at least in part on the signals received from the electrode interface;
wherein the controller is configured to display on the monitor a thermal map of the esophagus based at least in part on the signals received from the temperature sensor interface; and
wherein the thermal map is overlaid on the anatomic map.

US Pat. No. 10,188,300

INFRARED THERMOMETER

BIO ECHO NET INC., Sappo...

1. An infrared thermometer capable of measuring a body temperature in no contact with a human body, comprising:a main unit;
an infrared sensor accommodated in the main unit;
a distance sensor configured to detect a distance between the main unit and the human body when the main unit approaches the human body; and
a controller configured to calculate the body temperature of the human body based on quantity of infrared from the infrared sensor when the distance sensor detects that the distance between the main unit and the human body is within a predetermined distance, wherein
the distance sensor comprises
a light source for emitting light;
a projector lens for projecting the emitted light from the light source toward the human body;
a light receiving sensor; and
a light receiving lens that allows the light receiving sensor to receive returned light, which is obtained as a result of the emitted light being reflected by the human body, when the distance between the main unit and the human body is within the predetermined distance, wherein
the projector lens and the light receiving lens have a same semi-circular arc-shape, and at least partially and concentrically surround the infrared sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,188,299

SYSTEM CONFIGURED FOR MEASURING PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETERS

Omni Medsci, Inc., Ann A...

1. A system comprising:a light source comprising a plurality of light emitting diodes, each of the light emitting diodes configured to generate an output optical beam having one or more optical wavelengths, wherein at least a portion of the one or more optical wavelengths is a near-infrared wavelength between 700 nanometers and 2500 nanometers;
a lens positioned to receive at least a portion of at least one of the output optical beams and to deliver a lens output beam to tissue;
a detection system located to receive at least a portion of the lens output beam reflected from the tissue and configured to generate an output signal based on the received portion of the lens output beam reflected from the tissue, the output signal having a signal-to-noise ratio, wherein the detection system is further configured to be synchronized to the light source;
a personal device comprising a wireless receiver, a wireless transmitter, a display, a microphone, a speaker, one or more buttons or knobs, a microprocessor, and a touch screen, the personal device configured to receive and process at least a portion of the output signal, wherein the personal device is configured to store and display the processed output signal, and wherein at least a portion of the processed output signal is configured to be transmitted over a wireless transmission link; and
a remote device configured to receive over the wireless transmission link an output status comprising the at least a portion of the processed output signal, to process the received output status to generate processed data, and to store the processed data;
wherein the output signal is indicative of one or more physiological parameters, and the remote device is configured to store a history of at least a portion of the one or more physiological parameters over a specified period of time;
the light source configured to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the output signal by increasing light intensity relative to an initial light intensity from at least one of the plurality of light emitting diodes and by increasing pulse rate relative to an initial pulse rate of at least one of the plurality of light emitting diodes;
wherein the detection system includes a plurality of spatially separated detectors, wherein at least one analog to digital converter is coupled to at least one of the spatially separated detectors and is configured to generate at least two data signals, and the system is configured to further improve the signal-to-noise ratio by differencing two of the at least two data signals; and
wherein the detection system further comprises one or more spectral filters positioned in front of at least some of the plurality of spatially separated detectors.

US Pat. No. 10,188,298

OPTICAL SPECULUM

Illumigyn Ltd., Neve Ila...

1. A system for direct imaging, diagnosing and removing of abnormal cells in a target tissue, comprising:a disposable optical speculum;
an image acquisition system having the speculum assembled on and mechanically secured thereto, the image acquisition system arranged to capture at least one of a single image or multiple images or video of cells within the target tissue using at least one of bright field or dark field ring illumination divided into independently operated segments to obtain a plurality of data sets;
an image analysis and control unit in communication with the image acquisition system, the image analysis and control unit analyzing the data sets and applying algorithms to the data sets for diagnosing abnormal cells; and
a detector for warning of undesired stray light generated by improper assembly of the disposable optical speculum to the image acquisition system.

US Pat. No. 10,188,293

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FIXATION MEASUREMENT AND REFRACTION ERROR MEASUREMENT USING WAVE-FRONT ERROR

REBIScan, Inc., Cambridg...

1. An apparatus for fixation measurement for diagnosing strabismus, the apparatus comprising:an image projector configured to project a stimulus onto both eyes of a patient, wherein the stimulus is simultaneously projected onto the retinas of both eyes of the patient and simultaneously reflected onto a pair of image sensing devices
the pair of image sensing devices being disposed conjugate to the retinas, wherein the image sensing devices are configured to capture reflected images including light reflected from the retinas in response to the stimulus, wherein the reflected images include a reflected stimulus comprising one or more of: the stimulus as perceived on the retinas or the stimulus as transformed by a curvature of the retinas, and wherein differences between the stimulus and the reflected stimulus indicate fixation of the eyes; and
one or more computing devices configured to determine a misalignment in the fixation of the eyes corresponding to strabismus.

US Pat. No. 10,188,292

DEVICE FOR SCREENING CONVERGENCE INSUFFICIENCY AND RELATED COMPUTER IMPLEMENTED METHODS

1. A device for screening a person for convergence insufficiency (CI) with a viewer, the device comprising:a display adjacent the viewer; and
a processor and associated memory cooperating with said display and configured to
record movement of a first eye,
record movement of a second eye,
display on said display a first visual stimulus and a second visual stimulus,
cause, in alternating fashion, convergent movement and divergent movement in the first visual stimulus and the second visual stimulus along a visual stimulus path,
record dynamic movement of the first eye along the visual stimulus path,
record dynamic movement of the second eye along the visual stimulus path,
determine respective centroid positions of the second eye and the first eye during the convergent and divergent movement of the first visual stimulus and the second visual stimulus based on the recorded dynamic movements of the first eye and the second eye,
calculate from the respective centroid positions a plurality of interpupillary distances (IPDs) over time, and from the plurality of the IPDs, generate dynamic IPDs over time, and
compare the dynamic IPDs with the visual stimulus path to serve as an indicator for whether the person has CI.

US Pat. No. 10,188,291

DEVICE FOR SCREENING CONVERGENCE INSUFFICIENCY AND RELATED METHODS

1. A device for screening a person for convergence insufficiency (CI), the device comprising:a binocular viewer comprising a first eyepiece to receive a first eye of the person, a second eyepiece to receive a second eye of the person, a first image sensor adjacent said first eyepiece, and a second image sensor adjacent said second eyepiece;
a display adjacent said binocular viewer; and
a processor and associated memory cooperating with said display and configured to
record, with said first image sensor, movement of the first eye,
record, with said second image sensor, movement of the second eye,
display on said display a first visual stimulus and a second visual stimulus,
cause, in alternating fashion, convergent movement and divergent movement in the first visual stimulus and the second visual stimulus along a visual stimulus path,
record with the first image sensor, dynamic movement of the first eye along the visual stimulus path,
record with the second image sensor, dynamic movement of the second eye along the visual stimulus path,
determine respective centroid positions of the second eye and the first eye during the convergent and divergent movement of the first visual stimulus and the second visual stimulus based on the recorded dynamic movements of the first eye and the second eye, and
calculate from the respective centroid positions a plurality of interpupillary distances (IPDs) over time, and from the plurality of the IPDs, generate dynamic IPDs over time, and
compare the dynamic IPDs with the visual stimulus path to serve as an indicator for whether the person has CI.

US Pat. No. 10,188,286

TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE

KOWA COMPANY, LTD., (JP)...

1. A tomographic image capturing device comprising:a tomographic image capturing means that scans measurement light on a subject's eye fundus to capture tomographic images of the subject's eye fundus; and
an image processing means that compresses a picture of the captured tomographic images in a scan direction to generate a new tomographic picture.

US Pat. No. 10,188,285

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a light-source unit configured to emit light while sweeping a frequency of the light;
an interference unit configured to separate the light emitted from the light-source unit into illuminating light to be applied to a fundus and reference light, and to generate interfering light formed of reflected light, which is light applied to the fundus and reflected by the fundus, and the reference light;
a scanning unit configured to scan the fundus with the illuminating light;
a detecting unit configured to detect the interfering light; and
an information-acquiring unit configured to acquire information on the fundus from the interfering light,
wherein the scanning unit is configured such that an angle of linear scanning of the fundus with the illuminating light is 68 degrees or greater in the air,
wherein the light-source unit in hides a surface-emitting laser, the surface-emitting laser including a first reflector, a second reflector, and an active layer provided between the first reflector and the second reflector,
wherein, when at least one of the first reflector and the second reflector is driven, a distance between the first reflector and the second reflector changes and the frequency of the light emitted changes,
wherein a coherence length of the surface-emitting laser during the sweeping of the frequency of the light is 23 mm or longer, and
wherein a range of a depth of a tomographic image of the fundus to be obtained using the information on the fundus is 3.2 mm or more.

US Pat. No. 10,188,275

SMALL DIAMETER VIDEO CAMERA HEADS AND VISUALIZATION PROBES AND MEDICAL DEVICES CONTAINING THEM

MEDIGUS LTD., Omer (IL)

1. A video camera head comprising an objective lens assembly and a CMOS sensor;wherein the CMOS sensor comprises an array of photosensitive elements and electronics adapted to deal with the output signals of the photosensitive elements the electronics implemented together with the array of photosensitive elements on a silicon substrate and in that the silicon substrate comprises no more than two, three, or four electrical connecting pads configured to allow video signals to be sent from the electronics and power to be supplied to the electronics.

US Pat. No. 10,188,264

DISHWASHER COMPRISING A SORPTION DRYING DEVICE

1. A dishwasher, comprising:a washing container;
an air-guiding channel to generate an air flow;
a sorption drying system to dry items to be washed, wherein the sorption drying system has a sorption container with reversibly dehydratable sorption material, the sorption container connected to the washing container by the air-guiding channel; and
a heater disposed in the sorption container and arranged upstream of the reversibly dehydratable sorption material for desorption of the reversibly dehydratable sorption material;
wherein the air-guiding channel includes an inlet connecting piece connected to the sorption container and which diverts incoming air flow from an inflow direction by between 45° to 135° into a through-flow direction through the heater and the reversibly dehydratable sorption material,
wherein the through-flow direction through the heater and through the reversibly dehydratable sorption material is the same direction, such that the through-flow direction runs from a bottom portion to a top portion of the sorption container, and
wherein the sorption container includes a through-flow cross-sectional area for the reversibly dehydratable sorption material of substantially between 80 cm2 and 800 cm2.

US Pat. No. 10,188,256

SCRAPER ASSEMBLY

MIW ASSOCIATES, LLC, Hav...

1. A scraper for use in abrading a surface, comprising:a scraper head including:
a chainmail abrader having a chainmail body including a plurality of interlinked rings; and
elastic back pressure member positioned adjacent to a working surface of said chainmail body configured to apply pressure against the chainmail body to enable the working surface of the chainmail body and elastic back pressure member to resiliently conform to contours of the surface during scraping, wherein the working surface of the chainmail body and the elastic back pressure member are free to move independent of one another.

US Pat. No. 10,188,237

MULTISIZE CAPSULE HANDLING WITH SERIAL ACTUATION

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. A machine comprising a frame and a capsule handling device configured to handle an capsule and mounted in and/or on the frame, the capsule handling device comprising:a first part;
a second part that is movable relative to the frame from a transfer position for inserting and/or removing the capsule to an extraction position for extracting the capsule and vice versa, the second part comprising:
a capsule receptacle defining a cavity for receiving the capsule and for forming in the extraction position an extraction chamber with the first part, and
a first portion and a second portion that are relatively movable between a first relative position and a second relative position to change at least one dimension of the cavity and of the extraction chamber;
an actuator connected to the second part for driving the second part between the transfer position and the extraction position, the actuator is connected to the first portion and/or the second portion of the second part to relatively move the first portion and the second portion between a first relative position and a second relative position; and
a mechanical transmission connecting the actuator to the second part and to the first portion and the second portion of the second part for driving:
the second part between the transfer position and the extraction position; and
the first portion and/or the second portion of the second part to relatively move the first portion and the second portion between the first relative position and the second relative position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,235

FILTER CUP

1. A filter cup comprising:an inner cup having a top, a filter bottom surface, and an intermediate portion extending therebetween, the filter bottom surface defining a conical surface contour, a plug-like member extending from the filter bottom surface, and at least two flanges set on two corresponding edges at the top of the inner cup;
an outer cup receiving the inner cup therein and having an upper part, a bottom surface, and a side wall portion extending therebetween, a discharge hole formed in the bottom surface aligned with the plug-like member of the inner cup for being plugged by the plug-like member to prevent leakage and
two rotating members pivotally connected to the upper part of the outer cup and disposed respectively underneath the two flanges of the inner cup received in the outer cup; a leaning portion radially extended and projecting from an axial part of each rotating member adjacent the side wall portion of the outer cup; and
a grip having two ends connected to the two rotating members respectively;
wherein the rotating members are driven to move the leaning portions thereof to push the flanges of the inner cup upward when the grip is displaced relative to the outer cup; a gap being thereby formed between the plug-like member and the discharge hole; allowing liquid in the inner cup to flow out from the discharge hole through the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,188,211

PORTABLE, MODULAR SEATING SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

TOTALLY MOD EVENTS, LLC, ...

1. A modular seating system comprising:first, second and third side frames, each of the side frames including:
a base member configured to support the side frame on an underlying surface; and
an arm member extending upwardly from the base member;
first and second seat back assemblies releasably connected to the first and second side frames and the second and third side frames, respectively; and
first and second seat bottom assemblies releasably connected to the first and second side frames and the second and third side frames, respectively;
wherein each of the side frames further includes a back assembly channel bracket on a rear side of the arm member and each of the seat back assemblies includes first and second lower frame legs, the first and second lower frame legs of the first seat back assembly being releasably received in the back assembly channel brackets of the first and second side frames, respectively, and the first and second lower frame legs of the second seat back assembly being releasably received in the back assembly channel brackets of the second and third side frames, respectively;
wherein the back assembly channel bracket of each of the side frames defines first and second channels; and
wherein the arm member of each of the side frames defines first and second locking member holes extending therethrough into upper ends of the first and second channels, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,188,207

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY TESTING A PLURALITY OF MOBILE DEVICES

Communications Test Desig...

1. An apparatus for simultaneously testing a plurality of mobile devices, comprising:a plurality of retention devices;
a frame housing a plurality of device cabinets receiving the plurality of retention devices and a plurality of test cabinets containing a plurality of test computers corresponding with the plurality of device cabinets, each test computer having a processor and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing a plurality of test mobile device applications;
a plurality of mobile devices, each positioned in one of the plurality of retention devices and electrically connected to one of the plurality of test computers and receiving one of the plurality of testing mobile device applications;
a user computer electrically connected to the plurality of test computers and receiving test results of the plurality of mobile devices from one of the plurality of test mobile device applications; and
a plurality of monitors corresponding to the plurality of device cabinets.

US Pat. No. 10,188,202

BROOM WITH REPLACEABLE BRUSH CARTRIDGE

Bradshaw International, I...

1. A broom with a replaceable brush cartridge comprising:a broom head comprising a top side having a pole receiver for attachment to a pole and a bottom side having a retention skirt;
a track disposed along an inner wall of the retention skirt;
a cartridge receiver formed by the surrounding retention skirt;
a wedge retainer located within the cartridge receiver;
a brush cartridge having an elongated shape and a perimeter groove capable of receiving the track of the broom head;
bristles affixed to the brush cartridge;
a wedge with a live hinge connecting the wedge with the brush cartridge;
the wedge positioned to engage with the wedge retainer of the cartridge receiver when the brush cartridge is installed in the cartridge receiver of the broom head.

US Pat. No. 10,188,201

BROOM

GORDON BRUSH MFG. CO., IN...

1. A broom that can be used to move, sweep, clean dirt, debris, water, or other matter, comprising: a rigid head, a connector mounted to the head and a handle having one end mated to the connector and extending away from the head, and bristles extending from a bottom surface of said head; the head having a generally straight central section and opposite end portions angled relative to said central section, such that said head is generally curved in a horizontal plane;said head further comprising a rigid frame; said bristles being contained in a bristle package comprising a bristle holder from which said bristles extend; said bristle package being removably secure to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,188,160

GARMENTS HAVING COMPARTMENTS THAT SUPPORT POST-OPERATIVE DRAIN DEVICES

1. A garment comprising:an inner surface;
an outer surface;
a front panel comprising a left front panel and a right front panel;
a rear panel; and
a plurality of post-operative drain compartments disposed along the inner surface of the garment, wherein a first of the plurality of post-operative drain compartments is disposed between a first axis and a second axis, wherein the first post-operative drain compartment has an upper edge, a lower edge, and two side edges, wherein the upper edge of the first post-operative drain compartment provides a first opening, wherein the first post-operative drain compartment has a length and a width, wherein the two side edges of the first post-operative drain compartment extend parallel to the length, wherein the upper edge and the lower edge of the first post-operative drain compartment extend parallel to the width, wherein the first post-operative drain compartment is disposed above a navel portion of the garment, wherein the first post-operative drain compartment is disposed below a breast portion of the garment, wherein a second of the plurality of post-operative drain compartments is disposed between a third axis and a fourth axis, wherein a third of the plurality of post-operative drain compartments is disposed between the third axis and the fourth axis, wherein the first post-operative drain compartment is also disposed between a fifth axis and a sixth axis, wherein a fourth of the plurality of post-operative drain compartments is disposed between the fifth axis and the sixth axis, and between the third axis and the fourth axis, wherein the fourth post-operative drain compartment has an upper edge and a lower edge, wherein the upper edge of the fourth post-operative drain compartment provides a second opening, wherein a distance between the upper edge of the fourth post-operative drain compartment and the lower edge of the first post-operative drain compartment is greater than half of the length of the first post-operative drain compartment, wherein the upper edge of the fourth post-operative drain compartment and the lower edge of the first post-operative drain compartment define a space which is free of any post-operative drain compartments, wherein the fourth post-operative drain compartment is disposed below the navel portion of the garment, wherein the second post-operative drain compartment is adjacent to the third post-operative drain compartment, wherein the second and third post-operative drain compartments are disposed below the first post-operative drain compartment, wherein the first, second, third, and fourth axes are parallel to each other, wherein the first, second, third, and fourth post-operative drain compartments are all disposed on one of either the left front panel or the right front panel, and wherein the first, second, third, and fourth post-operative drain compartments are all disposed on the inner surface of the garment.

US Pat. No. 10,188,153

GARMENT SYSTEM FOR INTERCHANGEABLE COVERS FOR GARMENT STRAPS

STRAP APPEAL, Virginia B...

1. A bra strap cover system comprising:a bra comprising at least one shoulder strap, at least one body strap, and at least one cup, said at least one shoulder strap having a top surface, a bottom surface, a strap length, and a strap width, wherein the top surface of said at least one shoulder strap, an upper portion of the at least one cup, and a back portion of the body strap include a plurality of first fastener halves, with the first fastener halves on the top surface of said at least one shoulder strap disposed along the strap length;
at least one bra strap cover having a decorative upper face, a lower face, a cover length, and a cover width, said lower face having a plurality of second fastener halves disposed along the cover length, said cover width being greater than said strap width and wherein for a given stress, the bra strap cover has a relative strain of 0.1 or greater, relative to the shoulder strap; and
wherein the bra strap cover is configured to be removably attached to said shoulder strap by mating the plurality of first and second fastener halves together such that the bra strap cover substantially covers and overlies the top surface of said shoulder strap, and wherein the cover length when overlying the shoulder strap extends from the upper portion of the at least one cup to the back portion of the body strap so that the bra strap cover is further configured to be removably attached to the upper portion of the at least one cup to the back portion of the body strap by mating the plurality of first and second fastener halves together.

US Pat. No. 10,188,117

NOODLE STRING TREATMENT APPARATUS AND TREATMENT METHOD

NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS CO....

1. A noodle string treatment method, comprising steps of:conveying a batch of noodle strings;
cutting the batch of noodle strings at a constant cutting time interval by using a rotary blade that has a flat shape, is attached to a rotating shaft and extends out from the rotating shaft; and
extruding the cut batch of noodle strings by the rotary blade, wherein:
a blade edge of the rotary blade extends along a direction in which the rotating shaft extends,
the rotary blade cuts the batch of noodle strings at a cutting point, which is a point where the blade edge of the rotary blade is closest to or comes into contact with an outer circumferential surface of an oppositely disposed roller,
in the step of cutting the batch of noodle strings, a blade edge peripheral speed of the rotary blade is changed during rotation thereof between a cut and a next cut,
in the step of cutting the batch of noodle strings, the batch of the noodle strings is cut at a position where a lengthwise direction of the batch of noodle strings extends in a vertical manner,
the rotary blades comprises a plurality of rotary blades attached to the rotating shaft,
in the step of cutting the batch of noodle strings, the blade edge peripheral speed of the plurality of rotary blades is changed periodically with a constant time interval over a plurality of cycles, wherein each of the plurality of cycles is a time period from one cutting timing by one of the plurality of rotary blades to a next cutting timing by another of the plurality of rotary blades cutting the batch of the noodle strings subsequent to the one of the plurality of rotary blades, and
the blade edge peripheral speed when one rotary blade among the plurality of rotary blades extrudes the cut batch of noodle strings after the one rotary blade cuts the batch of noodle strings is set to be lower than the blade edge peripheral speed of the rotary blade when the one rotary blade cuts the batch of noodle strings.
US Pat. No. 10,188,645

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR AMELIORATING SYMPTOMS OF TERMINATION OF OPIOID PAIN THERAPY

1. A self-tapering dosage package, wherein the dosage package comprises a first dosage of a first formulation and a second dosage of a second formulation for administering after the first dosage,wherein the first formulation comprises a dose of hydroxyzine, a dose of clonidine, and a dose of ondansetron in a single unit dosage,
wherein, the second formulation comprises a tapered dose of hydroxyzine, a tapered dose of clonidine, a tapered dose of ondansetron, and a dose of naltrexone in a single unit dosage, and
wherein the first and second dosages are configured to alleviate or prevent symptoms of the patient's termination of opioid pain therapy.
US Pat. No. 10,190,183

METHOD FOR DESULFURIZING

Almamet GmbH, Ainring (D...

1. A method for desulfurizing comprising the step ofadding a desulfurization agent to a melt of at least one of a molten pig iron and a molten steel, said agent containing calcium oxide, bitumen as well as between 0.01 and 10% by weight of at least one flux agent, wherein the at least one flux agent is selected from the group of members consisting of multivalent alcohols, bituminous coal, silicone oils and mixtures thereof, and wherein the agent does not contain any calcium carbide, any magnesium or any magnesium alloy.
US Pat. No. 10,188,662

SOFT LOZENGE COMPOSITIONS

Patheon Softgels, Inc., ...

1. An oral, slow releasing, solid, soft lozenge pharmaceutical composition comprising:(a) about 10% to about 40% by mass of one or more gelatins;
(b) about 1% to about 5% by mass polyethylene oxide having a molecular weight (My) of about 900,000 to about 8,000,000;
(c) about 5% to about 20% by mass of glycerol, sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol, xylitol, or combinations thereof;
(d) about 20% to about 60% by mass of maltitol, xylitol, mannitol, sucralose, aspartame, stevia, or a combination thereof;
(e) about 0.1% to about 5% by mass of one or more organic acids;
(f) 0.005% to about 5% by mass of one or more active pharmaceutical ingredients; and
(g) water;
wherein the composition orally disintegrates within about 30-45 minutes upon oral administration to a subject in need thereof.
US Pat. No. 10,188,672

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR TISSUE REGENERATION

Orbis Health Solutions LL...

1. A composition consisting essentially of tetraethyl orthosilicate and at least one oil selected from the group consisting of jojoba oil, almond oil, cocoa butter, bees wax, and sweet almond oil,wherein the tetraethyl orthosilicate is present in a concentration from 25% to 40% by total weight of the composition, and wherein the composition is presented as a cream or an ointment.
US Pat. No. 10,189,959

HYDROPHOBIC ADDITIVE FOR USE WITH FABRIC, FIBER, AND FILM

TECHMER PM, LLC, Rancho ...

1. A master batch for use in preparing a non-woven fabric in order to increase the hydrophobicity of the non-woven fabric, the master batch comprising:a carrier polymer selected from the group consisting of polyolefin, polyester, polylactic acid, poly-3-hydroxybutyrate, polyamide, and copolymers thereof; and
a triglyceride ester comprising 10-40 wt. % of the master batch, wherein when a fabric is prepared with the master batch, the fabric has a contact angle ranging from 100° to 125° when measured according to test method ASTM D2578.
US Pat. No. 10,189,992

RESIN COMPOSITION AND SEAL MEMBER USING SAME

MITSUBISHI CABLE INDUSTRI...

1. A resin composition for a resin sealing member, comprising(b) 1 part by weight-7 parts by weight of a powder of a compound having a layer crystal structure, and
(c) 8 parts by weight-27 parts by weight of a native polytetrafluoroethylene powder, per (a) 100 parts by weight of polyether sulfone.
US Pat. No. 10,188,712

TUMOR ANTIGENS FOR DETERMINING CANCER THERAPY

BIONTECH AG, (DE)

1. A method for treating triple negative breast cancer in a patient comprisinga) detecting the expression pattern of a set of tumor antigens in a sample from the patient, wherein the set of tumor antigens comprises CXorf61, CAGE1, and PRAME;
b) diagnosing the patient as needing a cancer therapy regimen when CXorf61, CAGE1, and PRAME are expressed; and
c) treating the patient with an immunotherapeutic that targets the set of tumor antigens expressed in the patient.
US Pat. No. 10,188,721

RECOMBINANT ADENOVIRUS VECTORED FMDV VACCINES AND USES THEREOF

Merial, Inc., Duluth, GA...

1. A composition or vaccine comprising a recombinant viral vector that, when expressed, expresses a foot and mouth Disease Virus (FMDV) antigen comprising a polypeptide sequence selected from any one of SEQ ID NOS: 2, 4, 6, and 8.
US Pat. No. 10,188,725

HYBRID CORE FELINE VACCINES

Elanco US Inc., Greenfie...

1. A non-adjuvanted immunogenic composition comprising:a. Feline Rhinotracheitis virus;
b. Feline Calicivirus;
c. Virulent Systemic Feline Calicivirus; and
d. Feline Panleukopenia virus;
wherein the Feline Calicivirus and the Virulent Systemic Feline Calicivirus are inactivated; and
wherein the Feline Rhinotracheitis virus is attenuated.
US Pat. No. 10,188,734

REDUCED FOAMING VACCINE COMPOSITIONS

MERIAL, INC., Duluth, GA...

1. A stable vaccine composition comprising:i) at least one anhydrous antigenic component comprising a stabilizer susceptible to foaming when the composition is mixed with liquid diluent; and
ii) an effective amount of a foam controlling agent which is a sugar alcohol, and
iii) an effervescent agent,wherein:the effective amount of sugar alcohol is about 25% to 40% by weight of the composition,
the antigenic component is newcastle disease virus, infectious bronchitis virus, fowl pox virus, avian encephalomyelitis virus, marek's disease virus, trichophyton verrucosum, avian paramyxovirus, mycobacterium paratuberculosis, meleagrid herpesvirus, orf virus, or sheep pox virus, and
upon dissolution of the composition, the effervescent agent reacts and gas is formed in situ.
US Pat. No. 10,188,227

VASE ARTICLE WITH IMITATIVE CERAMIC EFFECT

1. An imitation ceramic vase, being manufactured by a method comprising the steps of:(1) applying a primer layer material on a vase made by a non-ceramic material, and letting said primer layer material on said vase to dry;
(2) applying at least one layer of first middle layer material on said primer layer material on said non-ceramic material vase, said middle layer material being applied on at least a portion of said vase;
(3) applying at least a layer of second middle layer material on said first middle layer material, and letting said second middle layer material to dry, said second middle layer material having a color which is different from that of said first middle later material, and
(4) applying a surface layer material on at least one of said first middle layer material and said second middle layer material, and allowing said surface layer material to dry, said surface layer material being a polyurethane imitating porcelain surface coating or an ultraviolet imitating porcelain surface coating to form an imitation ceramic vase having an imitation ceramic effect,
wherein said vase in said step (1) is made of plastic material.
US Pat. No. 10,191,055

DETECTION OF ACUTE MYELOID LEUKAEMIA (AML) LEUKAEMIC STEM CELLS (LSC)

OXFORD UNIVERSITY INNOVAT...

2. The method according to claim 1 further comprising contacting the isolated sample with one or more selected from the group consisting of:an antibody that specifically binds to CD2;
an antibody that specifically binds to CD3;
an antibody that specifically binds to CD4;
an antibody that specifically binds to CD8a;
an antibody that specifically binds to CD10;
an antibody that specifically binds to CD19;
an antibody that specifically binds to CD20; and
an antibody that specifically binds to CD235a.
US Pat. No. 10,191,062

MODEL GUT SYSTEM

University of Newcastle U...

1. An method for analysing carbohydrates, and/or triglycerides, and/or proteins, and/or lipids, or breakdown products thereof; or for simulating digestion of an edible/potable substance, the method comprising:(a) subjecting the carbohydrate, triglyceride, protein lipid, break down product or edible/potable substance to a salivary phase consisting essentially of synthetic saliva comprising an aqueous mixture of one or more salivary enzyme(s), and one or more suitable salivary diluent components at a pH in the range of from about 5 to 9;
(b) subjecting the product of (a) to a gastric phase consisting essentially of synthetic gastric juice comprising an aqueous mixture of gastric lipase, pepsin and one or more suitable gastric diluent components, at a pH from about 1.5 to about 3.5, wherein the synthetic gastric juice is added to the gastric phase at a rate of 0.1-2.5 ml/min; and
(c) subjecting the product of (b) to a pancreatic phase consisting essentially of synthetic pancreatic juice comprising pancreatin and one or more suitable pancreatic diluent(s) at a pH from about 7 to about 9, and porcine bile, wherein the pancreatic diluent is added to the pancreatic phase at a rate of 0.1 to 2.5 ml/min.
US Pat. No. 10,191,326

FILM FOR BACKLIGHT UNIT AND BACKLIGHT UNIT AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY INCLUDING SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A semiconductor nanocrystal-polymer composite, comprisinga semiconductor nanocrystal and a matrix polymer in which the semiconductor nanocrystal is dispersed,
wherein the matrix polymer comprises a polymerization product of a multifunctional photo-curable oligomer, a mono-functional photo-curable monomer, and a multifunctional photo-curable cross-linking agent,
a content by weight (A1) of a first structural unit derived from the multifunctional photo-curable oligomer, a content by weight (A2) of a second structural unit derived from the mono-functional photo-curable monomer, and a content by weight (A3) of a third structural unit derived from the multifunctional photo-curable cross-linking agent satisfy Equation 1:
A1<(A2+A3).  Equation 1
US Pat. No. 10,189,023

METHODS FOR CONDUCTING MULTIPLEXED ASSAYS

MESO SCALE TECHOLOGIES, L...


wherein the oligonucleotide is modified with a linking agent comprising a biotin, streptavidin, avidin, amino group, thiol group, aldehyde group, hydrazide group, azide group, alkyne group, maleimide group, or iodoacetamide group.
US Pat. No. 10,190,084

METHOD OF CULTURING EUKARYOTIC CELLS

Genentech, Inc., South S...

1. A method for culturing Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells comprising:(i) providing cell culture inoculant comprising CHO cells in about 6 L of a bicarbonate-containing culture liquid to a vessel to achieve a target cell density of about 7.5×105 CHO cells/mL, wherein said vessel has a volume of about 50 L and has walls that encapsulate said cell culture and a gas phase head space above said cell culture, and wherein said vessel comprises at least one port that provides an entrance and an egress of gas to and from said head space;
(ii) providing gas to said head space through said port, wherein said gas contains CO2 in an amount of 8% (v/v) of said gas on day 1, in an amount of 5% (v/v) of said gas on day 2, and in an amount of 2% (v/v) of said gas thereafter, thereby modulating the pH of said cell culture to maintain the pH of the culture between pH 6.8 and 7.2;
(iii) providing fresh culture medium to said vessel to achieve a volume of about 20 L;
(iv) providing gas to said head space through said port, wherein said gas contains CO2 in an amount of 8% (v/v) of said gas on day 1, in an amount of 5% (v/v) of said gas on day 2, and in an amount of 2% (v/v) of said gas thereafter, thereby modulating the pH of said cell culture to maintain the pH of the culture between pH 6.8 and 7.2;
(v) perfusing fresh culture medium into said vessel and removing spent culture medium from said vessel at a perfusion rate of about 1 volume per day; and
(vi) providing gas to said head space through said port to sweep accumulated CO2 from the head space of the vessel, wherein said gas contains O2 in an amount of 30% (v/v) of said gas 48 hours after the start of perfusion, thereby maintaining dissolved O2 to a level greater than 20% of air saturation,
wherein the fresh culture medium has a pH of 7.2, the clearance rate of the head space is between 0.002 and 0.1 head space volume per minute (hvm), the vessel is agitated by rocking the vessel at a rock rate between 15 and 30 rocks per minute (rpm) at a rock angle of between 5° and 15°, and wherein the method does not require monitoring and feedback control of pH and dissolved O2.