Total 5197 patents for "2010-07-15"

GRAPHICAL PROGRESS REPORT FOR GAMING DEVICE BONUS

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100178975

Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a graphical report or progress bar that informs the player how close they are to receiving a bonus for a gaming device. In one embodiment a character eats, consumes, or otherwise eliminates obstacles between an avatar or indicator character and a reward. The character advances based on results of playing the base game on the gaming device or based on other factors. Reaching the reward allows the player to play another bonus game that directly awards cash, credit, or some other benefit. Progress toward the bonus award may be associated (and stored) with a player account, so that it carries over from one gaming session to another, or progress may be only active for the current session. Linked devices could remove the obstacles in either or both of the games. In other embodiments the graphical report takes form of a bar having an increasing fill level, a miner uncovering jewels from rocks, a miner extracting jewels from a mine or hole, and a pie that adds pieces as the player progresses toward the bonus.

SPRING JOINT WITH OVERSTRAIN SENSOR

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100175977

A flexible joint may include a conductive compression spring and a pair of non-conductive spring cages disposed at opposite ends of the compression spring to support the compression spring. A conductive member disposed inside the compression spring may extend between the pair of spring cages. One end of the conductive member may be fixed for movement with one of the spring cages and another end of the conductive member may be fixed for movement with the other of the spring cages.

Photoelectric Smoke Detector

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100176957

A photoelectric smoke detector may detect presence of smoke by utilizing a light emitting element and a light receiving element whose optical axes intersect with each other. The photoelectric smoke detector may include a casing for storing the light emitting element and the light receiving element. Inlet and outlet ports may be respectively provided in one and the other sides of the casing, the inlet and outlet ports bringing air flow into the casing. Rectifying light blocking means may be provided contiguously with each of the inlet and outlet ports, the rectifying light blocking means preventing entry of disturbance light into an interior space and forming a flow line of smoke extending from one or the other inlet and outlet port to the other or the one inlet and outlet port such that the flow line passes through a detection area by the light emitting element and the light receiving element.

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100177091

A display apparatus includes a plurality of light sources which emit light beams, a plurality of optical waveguides which guide the light beams, a plurality of scanning lines which are arranged so as to intersect with the optical waveguides, a plurality of light output elements which, at intersections of the optical waveguides and the scanning lines, output the light beams guided in the optical waveguides by electric signals from the scanning lines, and a scanning line driving unit which drives the scanning lines in a direction opposite to a direction in which the light beams are guided.

Welding Of Carbon Single-Walled Nanotubes By Microwave Treatment

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100175985

Methods and processes for preparing interconnected carbon single-walled nanotubes (SWNTs) are disclosed. The SWNTs soot, synthesized by any one of the art methods, is heated to less than about 1250 C. in flowing dry air using the electrical field (E) component of microwave energy. The tubes of the SWNTs thus treated become welded and interconnected.

Multi-band printed antenna

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100177004

The present invention discloses a multi-band printed antenna, comprising: a grounding plane; and an antenna part, including a shorted arm electrically connected to the grounding plane, a folded arm connected to the shorted arm, and a feeding arm connected to the folded arm, feeding arm being for providing signals to the folded arm and shorted arm; wherein the folded arm includes at least one turning corner and provides at least two resonant frequencies according to the turning corner and the total length of the folded arm.

Method and system for representing image patches

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100177966

A method, system and computer program product for representing an image is provided. The image that needs to be represented is represented in the form of a Gaussian pyramid which is a scale-space representation of the image and includes several pyramid images. The feature points in the pyramid images are identified and a specified number of feature points are selected. The orientations of the selected feature points are obtained by using a set of orientation calculating algorithms. A patch is extracted around the feature point in the pyramid images based on the orientations of the feature point and the sampling factor of the pyramid image. The boundary patches in lo the pyramid images are extracted by padding the pyramid images with extra pixels. The feature vectors of the extracted patches are defined. These feature vectors are normalized so that the components in the feature vectors are less than a threshold.

RESIST COMPOSITION, METHOD OF FORMING RESIST PATTERN, POLYMERIC COMPOUND, AND COMPOUND

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100178609

A resist composition including a base component (A) which exhibits changed solubility in an alkali developing solution under action of an acid, and an acid generator component (B), wherein the base component (A) includes a polymeric compound (A0) containing a structural unit (a0) represented by the general formula (a0-1) shown below:

CURRENT DETECTION PRINTED BOARD, VOLTAGE DETECTION PRINTED BOARD, AND CURRENT/VOLTAGE DETECTOR USING SAME, AND CURRENT DETECTOR AND VOLTAGE DETECTOR

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100176904

A current detection printed board includes: a board having a penetration hole that penetrates the board; and at least one wire that is formed in a coiled shape having both ends by penetrating the board along the periphery of the penetration hole and alternately connecting a front surface layer and a rear surface layer of the board, wherein, when a conductor, in which an AC current flows, is disposed to pass through the inside of the penetration hole, a current flowing in the wire is output through electromagnetic induction.

Compressed Detergent Composition

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100179087

Methods, apparatus for the manufacture of an elongate compressed detergent composition, using apparatus comprising at least one pressing means (64) in movable communication with a forming chamber (60), wherein said at least one pressing means has a contact surface (65) suitable for contacting, in use, a composition, (61) to be compressed, and wherein the at least one contact surface is angled with respect to the forming chamber; the method comprising the steps of: loading the forming chamber with a dose of the detergent composition; the at least one contact surface being brought into contact with the detergent composition; the at least one pressing means compressing the composition between the at least one contact surface and forming chamber; and retracting the at least one pressing means to leave an elongate compressed detergent composition in the forming chamber of a non-rectangular cross-section.

METHOD OF MEASURING AT LEAST ONE GEOMETRICO-PHYSIONOMIC PARAMETER FOR POSITIONING A FRAME OF VISION-CORRECTING EYEGLASSES ON THE FACE OF A WEARER

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100177186

The method includes capturing at least one digital image of the wearer's face with a portable image capture appliance (1) and processing the captured image to determine a geometrico-physionomic parameter. Before capturing the image, the operator positions the image capture appliance manually in a first configuration in which an observation line connecting the pupil (7) of the image capture appliance with a predetermined remarkable point associated with the wearer's face or with the frame is substantially horizontal. Image capture is performed in a second configuration of the image capture appliance such that the altitude of the image capture appliance is identical to its altitude in the first configuration. The calculation of the geometrico-physionomic parameter includes identifying on the image, the image of the predetermined remarkable point.

CONTAINER HAVING META-STABLE PANELS

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100176081

A container has meta-stable panels to compensate for internal vacuum from hot filling. The panels include a groove that yields during deformation such that the stiffness of the panel varies from its pre-yield stage to its post-yield stage.

Systems, Methods, and Computer Program Products for Transmitting and/or Receiving Media Streams

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100180043

A method includes receiving encoded media content, transforming the encoded media content into web page content by dividing the encoded media content into a plurality of web page files formatted as a static web page, and transmitting the web page content over the network in response to a request.

TUNNEL MAGNETORESISTIVE THIN FILM AND MAGNETIC MULTILAYER FILM FORMATION APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100178528

A tunnel magnetoresistive thin film which can simultaneously realize a high MR ratio and low magnetostriction is provided.

Vessel Sealing Instrument With Electrical Cutting Mechanism

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100179543

An end effector assembly for use with an instrument for sealing vessels and cutting vessels includes a pair of opposing first and second jaw members which are movable relative to one another from a first spaced apart position to a second position for grasping tissue therebetween. Each jaw member includes a pair of spaced apart electrically conductive tissue contacting surfaces which each have an insulator disposed therebetween, the conductive surfaces are connected to an electrosurgical energy source. The first jaw member includes an electrically conductive cutting element disposed within the insulator which extends towards the second tissue contacting surface to create a gap therebetween. The cutting element is inactive during the sealing process while the two pairs of electrically conductive surfaces are activated to seal tissue. During the cutting process, the cutting element is energized to a first potential and at least one electrically conductive tissue contacting surface is energized to a different potential to effect a tissue cut through the tissue held between the jaw members along the already formed tissue seal.

METHOD FOR MONITORING CONCENTRATION OF WATER BORNE SUBSTANCE IN AN AQUEOUS MEDIUM

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100178706

A method for monitoring the concentration of water borne substances in an aqueous medium, by introducing a defined amount of the aqueous medium into a gas circulatory system of an analytical apparatus which extends through a high temperature reaction chamber and a measuring chamber. The introducing of the aqueous medium occurs upstream of the high temperature reaction chamber or into it. The aqueous medium is evaporated in the high temperature reaction chamber, the water borne substance with at least one reaction partner in the high temperature reaction chamber reacts to a gaseous reaction product, and a current value of a measured variable is registered, which is a function of the concentration of the chemical species of the reaction product in the gas circulatory system. The concentration of the chemical species of the reaction product in the gas circulatory system depends, on the one hand, on a time-dependent state of the gas circulatory system and, on the other hand, on the concentration of the substance in the aqueous medium; ascertaining the concentration of the substance in the aqueous medium by applying the current value of the measured variable,wherein, in the ascertaining of the concentration of the substance in the aqueous medium, the contribution to the concentration of the chemical species of the reaction product in the gas circulatory system by the state of the gas circulatory system is ascertained on the basis of a model of the state, and a correction of the concentration of the chemical species of the reaction product in the gas circulatory system occurs on the basis of this contribution.

SHRINKABLE LABEL HAVING A HOLOGRAM LAYER AND CONTAINER WITH THE LABEL

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100178438

Provided is a shrinkable label having a hologram layer that suffers no whitening even after shrink processing with relatively large shrinkage. The label therefore fits even complicated dimensions of an article and, in addition, provides a superior holographic expression.

GREETING CARD FRAGRANCE DELIVERY SYSTEM

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100176214

A fragrance delivery system for delivering a fragrance from a card is disclosed. In the system, a canister attached to a first surface, which may be the face of a card. An emanator is disposed within the canister, including a fragrance-emitting material. A removable cover is attached to a second surface, which may be an opposing face of the card, such that the when the first and second surfaces are brought together, the cover inhibits or prevents fragrance from escaping the canister. Upon opening the card, the cover is removed and fragrance escapes from the canister.

MANAGING AVAILABILITY STATUS IN A COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100177812

A system and a method are disclosed for a presence engine and a method of operating a presence engine for encoding or decoding availability status into a signal representative of an audio signal. The presence engine is configured to manage availability status of a user. The presence engine comprises an input configured to receive a signal representative of an audio signal and an output configured to send a signal representative of an audio signal. The presence engine also comprises a processor configured to encode availability status of a user into a signal representative of an audio signal and/or configured to decode availability status of a user from a signal representative of an audio signal.

IN-SITU GAS ANALYZER PROBE

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100175865

A probe mounted directly to a conduit conveying a process stream of gas to be analyzed, which can condition a continuous sample of the gas before it is analyzed by removing undesirable vapor components of the sample through interaction with a heat exchanger conduit which condenses these components into a liquid such that they precipitate under the force of gravity back into the process stream. The probe uses a Venturi device to motivate the gas through a flow cell chamber where it interacts with light shown through the chamber before ejecting the sample back into the process stream through a sample return conduit.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ANALYZING IMAGERY DATA

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100177942

According to an aspect of some embodiments of the present invention there is provided a method of analyzing imagery data pertaining to a biological sample. the method comprises: identifying structures of biological elements in the imagery data based on achromatic intensity values of the imagery data, and displaying the imagery data as a color-coded image.

CLOSURE DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100179567

The present disclosure includes anchor members configured to locate and/or anchor tissue surrounding a body lumen opening comprising. In one implementation, the anchor member can include an elongate portion configured to be manipulated by a user and an anchor portion. In a further implementation, the anchor portion can have one or more contracted configurations capable of passing through a body lumen opening and one or more expanded configurations capable of anchoring tissue surrounding a body lumen opening.

HYBRID NECK MOUNT

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100175533

A musical instrument capable of obtaining direct tone transfer from the neck wood to the body wood as well as dramatically increased resonance sustain. The musical instrument comprises a neck portion having an extended neck tenon running a predetermined distance beyond the area of the fretboard, a body portion having a neck pocket designed to accommodate the extended neck tenon, a neck-to-body joint that combines connecting the body and neck tenon via metal screws through the back of the instrument as well as laminating/hard-gluing the neck to the wooden top of the instrument.

STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR BACK END OF THE LINE INTEGRATION

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100176512

An improved semiconductor structure consists of interconnects in an upper interconnect level connected to interconnects in a lower interconnect level through use of a conductive protrusion located at the bottom of a via opening in an upper interconnect level, the conductive protrusion extends upward from bottom of the via opening and into the via opening. The improved interconnect structure with the conductive protrusion between the upper and lower interconnects enhances overall interconnect reliability.

INTEGRATED COAL GASIFICATION COMBINED CYCLE FACILITY

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100175364

An integrated coal gasification combined cycle facility is provided that can prevent a reduction in power generation efficiency even when low-grade coal having a relatively-high moisture content is used. Included are: a gasification section that gasifies supplied coal; a gas power generation section that generates power by using gas supplied from the gasification section; a steam power generation section that generates power by using the heat of exhaust gas discharged from the gas power generation section; and a coal drying unit that dries the coal by using exhaust heat discharged from the steam power generation section and that supplies the dried coal to the gasification section.

Light Emitting Element Array, Light Emitting Device, and Image Forming Apparatus

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100177155

Provided are a light emitting element array that can perform a time-division driving operation with a small number of driving ICs and a small-sized light emitting device employing the light emitting element array and an image forming apparatus having the light emitting device. A light emitting element array chip (1) includes n pieces of switch thyristors (S) (n is an integer of 2 or more), n pieces of horizontal gate lines (GH) respectively connected to N gate electrodes of the n pieces of switch thyristors (S), a plurality of light emitting thyristors (T) whose N gate electrodes (b) each is connected to any one of the n horizontal gate lines (GH). One ends of CS resistors (RCS) are connected to the N gate electrodes (d) of the n pieces of switch thyristors (S), and the another ends of the CS resistors (RCS) are connected to a common selection signal input terminal (CS). It is possible to realize time-division driving operation in which a light emission signal and a gate signal are shared between the plurality of light emitting element arrays by allowing only the light emitting element array to which a low level selection signal is inputted and which is in a selected state to emit light.

INTEGRATION SCHEME FOR AN NMOS METAL GATE

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100178739

A method for making an NMOS transistor on a semiconductor substrate includes reducing the thickness of the PMD layer to expose the polysilicon gate electrode of the NMOS transistor and the polysilicon gate electrode of the PMOS transistor, and then removing the gate electrode of the NMOS transistor. The method also includes depositing a NMOS-metal layer over the semiconductor substrate, depositing a fill-metal layer over the NMOS-metal layer, and then reducing the thickness of the NMOS metal layer and the fill metal layer to expose the gate electrodes of the NMOS transistor and the PMOS transistor.

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS AND ROUTER USING NETWORK-BASED IP MOBILITY PROTOCOL AND COMMUNICATION METHOD FOR THE SAME

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100177689

When an MN 1 is handed over from an MAGa 2 to an MAGb 3, a network-based IP mobility protocol processor 11 of an LMA 4 transmits header compression information to MAGb 3 while a network-based IP mobility protocol processor 7 of MAGb 3 stores the information into a storage 8. When receiving a packet, LMA 4 and MAGb 3 perform a tunneling process or a compression information process for every tunnel through which the packet passes, to perform appropriate compression/extension and routing. In this way, in a network-based IP mobility protocol, even if the MN had moved, the MN or LMA serves as a compressor and decompressor, so that it is possible to save the band for the last one hop, which is the narrowest band.

CHARGING CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR SECONDARY BATTERY AND CHARGING CONTROLLER USING SAME

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100176768

A charging control circuit for a secondary battery includes a temperature detection terminal for detecting the temperature of a secondary battery from an input detected voltage; a temperature comparison part having four threshold voltages corresponding to four reference temperatures, the temperature comparison part being configured to compare the four threshold voltages with the detected voltage input to the temperature detection terminal and to output a temperature range signal indicating the temperature range of the detected voltage; and a control part configured to control a charging current and/or a charging voltage based on the temperature range signal output from the temperature comparison part.

Consumables

Pub Date: 2010-07-15

Pub Number: US20100178389

Disclosed are sweetened consumables and methods of forming said sweetened consumables that comprise certain sweeteners and a compound of formula (1), wherein R 1 is selected from the group consisting of OH and OCH 3 , and R 2 is selected from the group consisting of H and OH, R 1 and R 2 comprise at least one OH group, and when R 1 is OH then R 2 is H (trilobtain), and when R 1 is OCH 3 then R 2 is OH (HDG), in a concentration near its sweetness detection threshold. The sweeteners include sucrose, fructose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, xylose, arabinose, rhamnose, erythritol, xylitol, mannitol, sorbitol, inositol, acesulfame potassium, aspartame, neotame, sucralose, saccharine, or combinations thereof.