Total 6158 patents for "2010-01-28"

WRITE-ONCE OPTICAL DISC, AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECORDING/REPRODUCING MANAGEMENT INFORMATION ON/FROM OPTICAL DISC

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100020652

A write-once optical disc and a method and apparatus for recording management information on the optical disc are provided. The optical disc includes at least one recording layer and a plurality of temporary defect management areas (TDMAs) on the at least one recording layer. At least one of the TDMAs includes an indicator indicating which one of the TDMAs has an in-use status.

ADAPTABLE COMMUNICATION SENSITIVITY FOR AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100023085

A wireless communication threshold for an implantable medical device is automatically adapted in an attempt to maintain optimum signal detection sensitivity. In some aspects, a threshold level may be adapted to account for current environmental conditions, implant conditions, device conditions, or other conditions that may affect the reception of wireless signals at the device. In some aspects, the determination of an optimum level for the threshold involves a tradeoff relating to effectively detecting target signals while avoiding detection of noise and/or interference. In some aspects, adaptation of a threshold may be based on maximum energy levels associated with one or more sets of RF energy sample data. In some aspects, adaptation of a threshold may be based on the number of false wakeups that occur during a period of time.

Image blur correction unit, lens barrel device, and camera apparatus

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100021150

An image blur correction unit includes the following elements. A holder member, holding either an imager or a lens that constitutes a part of a lens system, moves in a straight line on a plane orthogonal to the optical axis of the lens system. A movable member, attached to a frame that serves as an outermost component, supports the holder member. A guide member guides movement of the holder member relative to the frame. A driving section drives the holder member. The guide member includes a guide shaft fixed to the movable member and support portions provided for the frame, the support portions supporting the guide shaft. The movable member moves relative to the frame while being integrated with the guide shaft.

Unified Bus Architecture for PoE Communication and Control

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100023785

Embodiments of a unified communication and control bus architecture for Ethernet and/or PoE systems are provided. Embodiments enable a unified communication and control bus architecture that significantly simplifies communication and control in Ethernet and/or PoE systems. Embodiments enable significant savings both in terms of cost and complexity as the number of communication and control buses is reduced down to one. Embodiments can be used in various Ethernet and/or PoE implementations, including, for example, single PCB-single PoE, single PCB-multiple PoE, chassis-based switch, and stackable-based switch configurations. Further, embodiments can be implemented using standard Ethernet as well as proprietary implementations.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR LOCKING A BAND

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100023060

A surgical fastening mechanism for releasably locking an implantable tether includes a housing having a central channel. The housing has an entry aperture, an exit aperture and a side channel extending therebetween. A roller element has a sidewall with an aperture therethrough and the roller is slidably disposed at least partially in the central channel such that the entry and exit apertures are at least partially aligned with the roller aperture. This permits passage of the tether therethrough. Rotation of the roller element in a first direction winds the tether around the roller thereby creating a friction interface between the roller element, the housing and the tether. A locking mechanism is operably connected with either the housing or the roller element and is adapted to prevent rotation of the roller in the central channel and also adapted to prevent release of the tether from the roller.

BACKLIGHT APPARATUS AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100020267

A backlight apparatus is provided that enables a balance of brightness to be maintained over the entire area of a display screen and long life to be achieved. The surface of substrate 130 is opposite the rear surface of liquid crystal panel 110. LEDs 140 are placed on the surface of substrate 130. LED drive circuits 150 supply LEDs 140 with a current that causes LEDs 140 to emit light that illuminates liquid crystal panel 110. LED drive circuits 150 supply a lower current to LEDs 140 placed in an area having a higher ambient temperature within the surface area of substrate 130.

COAXIAL CABLE DEBRAIDING AND COAXIAL CABLE CONNECTOR SEATING TOOL

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100022121

Coaxial cable debraiding and coaxial cable connector seating tool enables a person to rapidly debraid coaxial cable braided shielding from coaxial cable dielectric and fully seat coaxial cable connector onto stripped coaxial cable without directly contacting braiding or coaxial cable connector with person's fingers. Cavities in tool match diameter and maximum depths of coaxial cable conductor, dielectric and coaxial cable connector and/or coaxial cable connector rotation aid. Inserting stripped coaxial cable into the tool having cavities that match the coaxial cable dimensions and rotating the tool with respect to the cable, the braiding is thus parted from the dielectric in preparation for seating. By placing the coaxial cable connector in alignment with the axis of the tool and cable and pressing the tool along the axis of the cable, the coaxial cable connector is thus fully seated on the cable and is fully prepared for crimping.

System and Method for Face Tracking

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100021008

Improved face tracking is provided during determination of an image by an imaging device using a low power face tracking unit. In one embodiment, image data associated with a frame and one or more face detection windows from a face detection unit may be received by the face tracking unit. The face detection windows are associated with the image data of the frame. A face list may be determined based on the face detection windows and one or more faces may be selected from the face list to generate an output face list. The output face list may then be provided to a processor of an imaging device for the detection of an image based on at least one of coordinate and scale values of the one or more faces on the output face list.

PERSONALIZED MAP DISPLAY GENERATOR

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100023261

Using non-personalized data sets provided by remote sources and representing specific geographic areas and locally-acquired current location data for a selected personal object, a personalized video display is generated in a client-side system. The non-personalized data sets include boundary data. The client-side system determines whether the current location is within the geographic area represented by the data set and modifies the data set to include a visible indicator representing the current location. The modified data set is rendered on a video display device. If the current location is not within the geographic area, the data set is modified to include an indicator representing the bearing of the current location relative to at least one boundary of the geographic area.

BATTERY IDENTIFICATION CYCLE

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100019727

The present invention relates to a method and a device for detecting the operating state of a vehicle battery. A method according to the invention has the following steps: charging of the battery from a first state of charge (SOC1) to a second state of charge (SOC2), wherein the second state of charge (SOC2) is higher than the first state of charge (SOC1); active discharging of the battery to a third state of charge (SOC3), wherein the third state of charge (SOC3) is lower than the second state of charge (SOC2); and determination of at least one variable, which is characteristic of the operating state of the battery, after the third state of charge (SOC3) has been reached.

MAGNETIC DISK APPARATUS AND MAGNETIC DISK ACCESS CONTROL METHOD

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100020432

A magnetic disk apparatus includes a magnetic disk provided with a data recording area and a servo-pattern area. The data recording area includes a non-magnetic area scattered with magnetic regions, and the servo-pattern area includes a plurality of magnetic regions each having a larger area than the magnetic regions in the data recording area. The magnetic disk apparatus also includes a reader for reading magnetization in the data recording area and the servo-pattern area, and a magnetizer for application of a magnetic field to the magnetic regions in the servo-pattern area for equalizing magnetization directions of the magnetic regions in the servo-pattern area before the reader starts to read the servo-pattern area.

TETRAHYDROBENZOISOXAZOLE AND TETRAHYDROINDAZOLE DERIVATIVES AS MODULATORS OF THE MITOTIC MOTOR PROTEIN

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100022530

Compounds of the formula (I) in which A 1 , A 2 , R 1 , X 1 , X 2 , X 3 , Y, R 2 , Cy and n have meanings indicated in claim 1, can be employed, inter alia, for the treatment of tumours.

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100020183

An image capture apparatus includes: a communication unit and a control unit. The communication unit communicates with an external apparatus via a first transmission line and a second transmission line. The control unit determines whether or not the communication unit is in a predetermined state, in a case where the operation mode of the image capture apparatus changed to either a playback mode or an image capture mode. The control unit does not execute a connecting process in a case where the communication unit is in the predetermined state.

Image Recognition Authentication and Advertising System

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100023400

A system for authenticating a purchaser, collecting data of purchasers, and displaying personalized advertisements. The system uses video cameras to capture an initial image of the customer upon entry and/or at the register prior to checkout. The image is then sent via LAN or wireless LAN to a computer with image recognition software. The computer is connected to a credit card reader and to an in-store database where it can then be checked for a matching image. The database will then choose from a pool of advertisements to find one that matches the current customers shopping habits most accurately. The advertisement will then be projected onto a monitor in the customer's field of vision. At checkout, if the customer pays with a credit card, the information on the card will be sent to the computer where it will also be checked for a match in the database. The in-store database is connected with a larger central database which shares all recorded information with all stores.

ARTICLE IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100019035

The present disclosure includes methods and systems for identifying articles. One method embodiment includes positioning a number of movable Faraday screens in particular locations relative to a number of different stages in a laundering process, and moving a mobile electronic identification device (EID) reader past the locations.

System and method for mosaicing digital ortho-images

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100020097

The present invention provides a system and method for mosaicing multiple input images, captured by one or more remote sensors, into a seamless mosaic of an area of interest. Each set of input images captured by the remote sensors within a capture interval are ortho-rectified and mosaiced together into a composite image. Successive composite images, along a given flight path, are then mosaiced together to form a strip. Adjacent strips are then mosaiced together to form a final image of the area of interest.

TRANSMISSION AND RECEPTION OF SYSTEM INFORMATION UPON CHANGING CONNECTIVITY OR POINT OF ATTACHMENT IN A MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100022250

Method for informing a mobile terminal on target cell-specific system information to facilitate a mobility procedure such as handover or cell reselection in a mobile communication network. Further a radio resource control apparatus, a mobile terminal and a system comprising the radio resource control apparatus and the mobile terminal are provided. The invention suggests improvements to current mobility procedures so as to reduce the interruption time implied by the procedures. More specifically, it is proposed to include at least one pointer to target cell-specific system information to a control message, such as a handover indication or connection release message, pointing the mobile terminal to system information in the target cell relevant for system access and/or to perform mobility procedures. Further, a portion of the target cell-specific system information may also be comprised in the control message.

DIELECTRIC BARRIER DISCHARGE LAMP LIGHTING APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100019685

A dielectric barrier discharge lamp lighting apparatus includes a plurality of dielectric barrier discharge lamps each of which includes an internal electrode sealed at one end, an external electrode arranged outside of a discharge space of the dielectric barrier discharge lamps, and a ballast circuit for applying a high voltage at high frequency between the internal electrode and the external electrode to operate the plurality of dielectric barrier discharge lamps. The plurality of lamps are arranged in parallel, and arranged so that the position of the internal electrode of each dielectric barrier discharge lamp is at different side in the adjacent dielectric barrier discharge lamps, and at the same sides in every other dielectric barrier discharge lamp. The ballast circuit applies voltages at high frequency with difference in phase to adjacent dielectric barrier discharge lamps.

LAYER FOR CABLES HAVING IMPROVED STRESS WHITENING RESISTANCE

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100022715

The present invention relates to a Insulation layer for cables, a composition and a process thereof, showing improved stress whitening resistance by maintaining good mechanical and electrical properties and being environmental friendly.

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ORGANIZER

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100022112

An electrical connector assembly includes a housing, a receptacle and a receptacle contact. The housing has an interior chamber between a cable end and an interface of the housing. The interface is configured to receive a mating end of a mating electrical connector. The receptacle contact is disposed within a slot of the receptacle and is configured to engage a corresponding contact in the mating electrical connector. The receptacle contact is pivotally mounted in the receptacle and configured to pivot about a pitch axis and along the slot of the receptacle to align with the corresponding contact in the mating electrical connector. Optionally, the receptacle is mounted so as to pivot in the interior chamber and is configured to pivot about a yaw axis within the interior chamber over a predetermined limited range of travel to align the receptacle contact with the corresponding contact in the mating electrical connector.

USE OF TRIAZOLES IN REDUCING COBALT LEACHING FROM COBALT-CONTAINING METAL WORKING TOOLS

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100022424

A method using one or more of certain triazoles in an amount effective to reduce cobalt leaching during a metal working process from a metal working tool comprising cobalt, such as tungsten carbide particles bonded by cobalt, wherein the one or more triazoles comprise at least butyl-benzotriazole, and optionally one or more other benzotriazoles. Also, a composition is provided which comprises a metal working fluid and one or more of these triazoles in an amount effective to reduce cobalt leaching from metal working tools comprising cobalt, such as tungsten carbide particles bonded by cobalt.

CONFIGURATION OF SHARED TESTER CHANNELS TO AVOID ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS ACROSS DIE AREA BOUNDARY ON A WAFER

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100019787

A process or apparatus for testing a plurality of semiconductor dies on a semiconductor wafer utilizing a tester configured to test the dies in groups can include controlling as a logical whole provision of first test signals through a plurality of first communications channels to first probes organized into a plurality of N first probe die groups each configured to contact a different one of the dies of the wafer. One of the first communications channels can be a first common communications channel connected to probes in X of the N first probe die groups but not to probes in Y of the N first probe die groups. X can be at least two and Y can be at least one. The process can also include controlling as a logical whole provision of second test signals through a plurality of second communications channels to second probes organized into a plurality of second probe die groups each configured to contact a different one of the dies of the wafer. One of the second communications channels can be a second common communications channel connected to probes in all of the second probe die groups and probes in each of the Y of the first probe die groups.

Using an ID Domain to Improve Searching

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100023497

Methods which use an ID domain to improve searching are described. An embodiment describes an index phase in which an image of a document is converted into the ID domain. This is achieved by dividing the text in the image into elements and mapping each element to an identifier. Similar elements are mapped to the same identifier. Each element in the text is then replaced by the appropriate identifier to create a version of the document in the ID domain. This version may be indexed and searched. Another embodiment describes a query phase in which a query is converted into the ID domain and then used to search an index of identifiers which has been created from collections of documents which have been converted into the ID domain. The conversion of the query may use mappings which were created during the index phase or alternatively may use pre-existing mappings.

OPTICAL ELEMENT, TITANIUM-CONTAINING OXIDE GLASS USED FOR THE OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND LIGHT EMITTING METHOD AND LIGHT AMPLIFYING METHOD USING THE TITANIUM-CONTAINING OXIDE GLASS

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100022379

An optical element of the present invention exhibits at least one of an upconversion emission characteristic and a light amplifying characteristic when irradiated with an excitation light. The optical element includes a bulk glass that contains titanium oxide as a main component, and the glass further contains a rare earth element. As the rare earth element, at least one element of Er and Yb, or a combination of Yb and Tm preferably is used, for example.

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROCESSIGN COLOR IMAGE DATA

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100020242

The present invention relates to a video processing device comprising a luminance and saturation detector (LSHD) for detecting the luminance values (lum) and the saturation values (sat) of pixels of an input video signal (IN); and a white-point, saturation and hue modulator (WSH) for transforming luminance and saturation properties (lum, sat) of the pixels of the input video signal (IN) into white-point, saturation and hue correction factors (W, Wc; S, Sc; H, Hc). The video device also comprises a color gamut matrix generating unit (CGMG) for generating a color gamut matrix in the perception domain based on the white-point, saturation and hue correction factors (Wc, Sc, Hc) of the white-point, saturation and hue modulator (WSH); a color gamut mapping unit (20) for multiplying the pixels of the input video signal (IN) with a color gamut matrix generated by the color gamut matrix generating unit (CGMG); and a clipping unit (31) for clipping the results of the a color gamut mapping unit (20) which are out of a predefined range.

Method and system for security key agreement

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100023768

A method and system for security key agreement is disclosed. The method may include broadcasting a first connectivity association discovery message and receiving a message from a second node on the network; if the second node is not a member of a connectivity association and the message from the second node is a second connectivity association discovery message, one of the first or second nodes may be assigned as a master node. The method may further include the master node sending an authentication request message, receiving an authentication response, sending a session key indication message, receiving a session key acknowledgement message, and broadcasting a connectivity association augment message.

WAVE-GENERATING APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100017951

Wave-generating apparatus (1) that is installed in an aquatic environment (3) and which comprises, as its main elements, at least one elongated profile (5) that moves tangentially in relation in relation to a uniformly-deep floor (4) by the action of a drive mechanism (6). As a result, a wave (2) forms on the profile (5) and moves along with the profile (2). The profile (5) is disposed to form an angle (8) other than 90 with the direction of displacement (7), the purpose being to generate a wave (2) with an escape area and which can therefore be surfed. Some parameters of the apparatus (1) may be adjusted for the purpose of changing the degree of difficulty of the wave (2) that is generated.

FLUID CONTAINMENT AND TRANSFER VESSEL

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100019054

A fluid containment and transfer vessel having a chamber defining a fluid inlet for receiving fluid from a primary heater and a separate fluid outlet for delivery of fluid at least to be circulated via a circulated fluid central heating system, the chamber adapted to contain fluid in use to such a level as to define a header region surmounting the fluid therein, wherein the inlet is provided into the header region, the outlet is provided at a base portion of the chamber, and a conduit is provided within the chamber open at either end and with a first end in the vicinity of and generally above the outlet and a second end venting out of the vessel at a higher point thereto in use.

STATIC TYPING OF XQUERY EXPRESSIONS IN LAX VALIDATION CONTENT

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100023486

Systems and methods that extend static typing rules/algorithms of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) rules, with a more precise static typing algorithm that supplies knowledge for types occurring in the Lax validation section. The Lax validation can be identified, and associated expressions known with particularity, wherein types can be inferred for XQuery expressions that navigate down into the Lax validation section. An annotation component annotates elements (e.g., wild card sections) with additional information about wild card sections, and a mapping component maps Lax wild cards to type systems.

REDUCTION OF FREE RADICALS IN CROSSLINKED POLYETHYLENE BY INFRARED HEATING

Pub Date: 2010-01-28

Pub Number: US20100022678

UHMWPE is exposed to crosslinking radiation and than heated utilizing infrared radiation in an inert environment. In one exemplary embodiment, the infrared radiation is provided by an infrared heater having a tungsten heating element with a quartz tube. In this embodiment, the infrared radiation may have the wavelength from about 1.0 micron to about 1.5 microns. In another exemplary embodiment, the UHMWPE is compression molded into bars prior to exposure to the crosslinking radiation.